It All Starts Here…

DISCLAIMER:This Blog has been divided into sections so that I’m not boring you to death with things you aren’t interested in :D. The JOURNEY is the actual blog, but please if you will take the time to read this section to gain some understanding about the purpose behind it all, The LINEAGES page is where you will find all of my surnames and under each individual one will be all of the information that I have found thus far for each family. This is constantly being updated and goes from present to past in its entirety. For your following entertainment (mostly for my own relatives who are visiting) I have also included categories listed by surname so that you can follow along with specific family lines. Also for family, and anyone interested, I have a page dedicated to REUNIONS. This includes photos and videos from reunions over the years. A DNA page was created to support the sharing (with permission of course) the DNA results and findings through my research. The PUZZLE PIECES page will hold all of the bits and pieces that went into creating the family history OBITUARIES, SIGNATURES, etc. The MILITARY page is where I will post all information that I find pertaining to my families military experiences. (I’d love to see if I will one day find my patriot connection to become a Daughter of the American Revolution). The ME: The Researcher page is pretty self explanatory but hey just in case you didn’t know it is all about me and my family. I hope that you have as much fun following my research journey as I will sharing it will you.


I started doing this long before I even knew what I was doing it for. Asking questions and hunting for stories hoping to have a piece of my relatives to hold onto and to be able to pass they and their stories on through the years. I was fortunate enough to have been the fifth generation on both my grandmother and grandfathers line for years but I never realized how much of a treasure that knowledge truly was. It wasn’t until the passing of my great grandmother Oma Hazel Yeoman (103 years old) that I realized that I needed more. It was one thing to have a story that I may or may not remember 20 years from now but it was another thing to have the facts to back them up. The spirit of my great grandmother (Mom Yeoman) fuels my fire for research and I aspire to continue to learn more about her family to share with my grandfather (her son) and other family members. On my grandmothers side of the family I have my great grandmother Clara Ringgold, or as I (and a million others call her) Mommom Ringgold. She is for lack of a better description a whirlwind of energy and excitement, I spend hours pulling at her memory which is very in tact and never leave her house without some awesome entertainment or a historic treasure.  I am thankful for the family that I have and the family that I have yet to find and I’m determined to knock down every brick wall that I come to.

UPDATE: Sadly my great grandmother “Mommom Ringgold” passed away  Oct. 2016.


My great grandmother: Side A (Mommom Ringgold)

~ Clara Hannah Harris Ringgold ~ 21 Nov 1925 – 31 Oct 2016 ~

The fuel that fired my genealogy research for 5 wonderful years. I owe her a great debt and I will miss her terribly.


My great grandmother: Side B (Mom Yeoman)

~ Oma Hazel Yeoman ~ 25 Nov 1907 – 26 Jan 2011 ~

The inspiration for my family research stems from the life and spirit of this woman. I miss her more than words can express.

Thank you for joining me on my journey…

Now head on over to so the journey can begin…


Tierra L. Cotton-Kellow

26 thoughts on “It All Starts Here…

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  1. Hello My name is Shamuel
    I am also researching the Harris bloodlines of York, PA. I believe I have some further answers and research to your present Harris research and paperwork.

    Thanks So Much !!


  2. How wonderful was it to have been able to talk to your great grandma. The pictures are beautiful. Loved to post too!

    1. Speaking with my great grandmothers have been some of the most enlightening and peaceful moments of my life. Even though my great-grandmother on one side has passed away I still feel connected to her. I truly value the time that i have left with my other great grandmother – I talk to her as much as I can for as long as I can. Thank you for taking the time to read the posts.

  3. Wow! This is Awesome! There is nothing like acknowledging those that have come before us and paved the way. I love the layout of your blog and the wonderful hitory of your family. Thank you for sharing your family’s HX with us. I feel honored to learn about people who have contributed so much. It helps to stay grounded in our journey to unravel the hidden treasures!

  4. Welcome to the world of genealogy blogging and with the looks of things, you are well on your way of becoming a true genea-blogger! I look forward to learning more about you and your family!

    1. Thank you! The women in my family have very strong genes, it seems like the older we get the more we turn into the next generation. I’m just not sure if I’m ready to be my mother just yet 🙂

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