Welcome to the Harris Tree
Genealogy on this website is divided into 4 main sections:
Welcome to the Harris Tree. One of my goals in building this website is to present the current state of my exploration of the Harris family history and tree.
Genealogical inquiry is very much an ongoing affair. It can be a major time consuming project. My interest in this began in 1990 with my Dad's work on the Harris Family. He was able to get pictures and information from many living Harris's. He set up a copy stand with lights and a 35mm camera attached, so he could take pictures of the pictures he received from distant family members.
My mother did some family tree work, keeping most of her notes on 3X5 cards. Dallas Scott, a first cousin, got lots of information that he recorded by hand on family group sheets. My sister, Patricia, used a lot of Dallas' research and my mom's notes to try to get information about causes of death and illness that ran in the family lines.
Using Dad's work as a guide, I have embraced Internet based genealogical research. I am constantly amazed at the amount of information about my ancestors I can find on the internet. At this time, I have subscription memberships to three genealogical websites. Newspapers.com - interesting to look at headlines and stories of the day from around the country. Fold3.com - is a website that has concentrated military records and documents. And, what I think of as the granddaddy of them all, Ancestry.com. Ancestry has become the catalyst for exploration for me. They have scanned a huge number of census documents, birth records, marriage records and death records plus many other types of historical records. And they are adding to their wealth of information all the time. Those are just some of the subscription websites. There are myriad other subscription and free websites, including US government websites that have reams of information available.
As I mentioned before, my Dad's work, called "The Harris Family" was completed in 1990. A whole lot of people in the family contributed pictures, information and family stories. I have added some updated information on Deaths in the family that have occurred since 1990—and there have been a lot of those in the 25 years that have passed. I also added some information to his section called "Early History". My additions should be obvious—they are bolded, italicized or boxed to separate them a bit from Dad's text. If you are interested about the picture of the "Square Dancers", above, it is a painting done by Ray Haney, who was raised by Dessie Morris Harris. I saw it often, as a kid, at Roy and Dessie's house when I was there. The story I always heard about the picture was that originally, Ray painted the dancers without any clothes! Dessie made Ray go back and paint clothes on them.
Next is a link to Roy Ray's family history book. Click on the picture, below, to get started. I have tried to make "navigation" as easy as possible. There is a lot of text, here! Also, if you click on a picture, you will see a larger (approximately 1024 pixel) resolution of my scan.
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