All about me

I'd rather be outside playing
I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. 
-- Albert Einstein

That quote about sums me up!  I'm not particularly brilliant or interesting, but I do so enjoy my genealogy. It has been a life-long hobby I've enjoyed for many years. My research activity has ebbed and flowed, depending on the demands of life, but now that I'm an empty nester, I am making up for lost time!

I am one of the fortunate few who lives in the land of my ancestors. The great majority of my family was born, lived, and died within a few miles of where I live. In this transient world, not many of us can make that claim!

Miss Sophie
Otherwise, I have a son who works as a Recreational Therapist, I own a very exuberant and loving Lhasa Apso, Miss Sophie, and am an avid researcher and reader. 

Other than the son I am so very proud of, the most remarkable thing about me is that I am a cancer survivor. Cancer sucks and I documented every miserable thing about it in my other blog, What do you mean I have cancer?

The long version of who I am.....

- I have a BS degree in Criminology from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. 
- Thought I might want to be a lawyer but four years as a paralegal cured me.
- Worked in the legal and technology fields for 30 years.
- Been a car hop, shop-lifting spy, librarian, editorial assistant, writer, marketing manager, babysitter, and skating rink DJ - but not in that order.
- A much-loved daughter, wife, mother, and now single middle-aged woman. 
- Obsessed with genealogy for over 30 years. 
- I was a blogger before blogging was cool.   
- I've lived in NC, Rhode Island, Texas, and Georgia.
- I've had a home computer since 1988. 
- I love solving problems so genealogy is a natural fit for me.
- I'm a geek. I collect coins, stamps, and dead family members.
- I believe serving others is a true blessing.
- I really miss my mom and dad, both died in 1997.


  1. Hi Carla, my name is Don Schreiner and I believe James Smith mentioned that you might be interested in talking to our Veterans group about your Father's military service. We are an informal group of veterans who enjoy hearing stories of fellow veterans. We meet at 2pm on the second Wednesday of each month and the program is usually one hour or less. If you are interested, please let me know at thehouseofschreiner@gmail.coml Don Schreiner

  2. Hello. My name is Nancy Curtis Holt. My adoptive mother's parents and others are buried at Salem Primitive Baptist Church in Archers Lodge. I would love any information you have on it. Della Parham Whitley and Joseph "Vic" Whitley were moms parents. Mom's name was Cymerline Whitley. Would also like to know how to get in touch with the church and find out when they hold services. Thanks so much, Nancy Holt

  3. the more i read your blog, the more i determine that we are related, lol. same names, same cities, same wars, same twigs, or as i call them, knots. i am my favorite cousin, lol.


  4. Hey Cuz. I am an offspring of the Jeffery Pearce line of Pearce's. Shoot me an email at

  5. Hello, I came across your blog by accident. I, too, am related to George Benjamin Allen and Mary Fleming Thompson, but have little genealogical information. I was wondering where they fit into your family tree and if you would be willing to share information connected to them that you might have.

    Thank you.

    Rick Gwynallen,

  6. But what is your name? I can't find it anywhere-- at least on the mobile version of your blog. You do great work and I'd like to know who you are. Thanks.

  7. I found I can subscribe to your blog by email, which I have done.