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than 30 years, Michael Dunn has avidly pursued genealogy as a hobby. As
a trained historian, he has also begun the task of writing up his findings.
On the Collins side of the family, he is several chapters into a draft
of this material. On the Dunn side, he has made a beginning. In addition,
he has been working on the ancestry of his wife, Tam Mehuron. To learn
more about Michael or Tam personally
and professionally, click on their names to go to our home pages.
What's Here and What's Coming
This homepage, when fully complete,
will offer links to several ways of accessing Michael's material. It is
intended that it will contain, as soon as work permits me to complete it,
the following, along with photos and maps:
The draft text of the Collins family
history, which has so far been completed from earliest origins in America
through Henry Collins (1795-1860). The part of my family history farthest
along in formal preparation, this is a full-scale history of my Collins
line from earliest traces in America to (eventually) my grandmother, though
it only goes to 1860 so far. Many relatives already have the printed
version of the draft history. I hope to have the text and
notes online at this site no later than the fall of 2000, with
the maps and photographs at the same time or shortly thereafter. Later
generations are coming soon, and some monographic material on John Collins
(1819-1888) will go up soon. Eventually this site will also contain a transcript
of John Collins 1851 journal of his migration from Tennessee to Texas.
A number of elements and draft material
for a future Dunn family history.
These include essays on the early history of the Dunn line and a provisional
biography of Michael's great-grandfather, Rev. John Henry Dunn.
Some preliminary historical material on my maternal line.
As they were Irish post-famine immigrants in the mid-19th century, the
line is considerably less well documented at this time than the deeper
American lines on my father's side.
Material on my wife Tam's line, the Mehurons
and Boylstons and their intermarried lines.
A way of checking all the names in
our database, which includes the family data
for both Michael and Tam, including known relatives. (Please do read the
cautionary material, as not all this material has been documented as thoroughly
as the material in the family histories above.) Soon we will have a GEDCOM
available for download as well. However, all dates and locations for persons
still living has been excluded from this database; for privacy reasons
only their names appear.
An essay on "Why
I Am a Genealogist" (which explains my own background in the field).
In order to give access to the names
in our database, a restricted GEDCOM file (with no dates or places for
persons still living) has been generated to allow persons to browse the
names and surnames in the database. You may go to it by clicking
here. Please read the cautions
at that site before using the material for your own lines. In time, we
will be adding several other reports, charts and historical material,
more pictures (that's John Collins, 1819-1888, above) and eventually, the
draft text of Michael's large history of the Collins family in America.
Meanwhile, please enjoy what is here, and bookmark us so you can check
back regularly for more. Go
to the Database.
I am a Genealogist
This is just what it sounds like.
It explains why I do what I do. Those who are interested probably already
know. Those who can't figure me out might learn something from this, but
probably won't ever check this page. Click here
to go there.
The two essays up so far do not carry full annotation.
The complete family history, in progress, will be fully annotated. These
two essays, written at the end of 1998, were intended to bring relatives
up to date on my researches on the early Dunn line, which has been the
most difficult of all my paternal lines. One discusses some possible candidates
for the origins of our Dunns, and the other the Cherokee connections of
the early Dunn and Kell lines. Click on the title to go to the text.
Why I Am
Clues Found So Far on the Origin of Our Dunns
Dunns' Cherokee Connections
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