My name is Dana Swier Huff. I have been interested in my family’s genealogy since about 1990, when I finished high school. I work on tracing my lineage when I have time, but as a full-time high school English teacher and a mother of three, I don’t have much free time.

What this Site Is

I’m interested in history and how my family fits in, but you won’t find a list of famous ancestors or spurious genealogical lines traced back to the Middle Ages. This blog is the story of regular folks who happen to be my ancestors.

The line I have focused on is my grandfather’s line — the Cunningham/Bowling and Jennings/Stallings lines. I have learned a great deal about my father’s lines — the Swier/Gearhart lines, and I also research my husband Steve’s family, the Huff/Bolton lines and allied families.

What this Site Is Not

Many genealogy sites are forums for surname or regional researchers. This site is a personal blog. I cannot help you with your research. I am not a professional genealogist. If I do know the answer to your question, I will help, but please do not post questions or comments expecting free genealogical services. I am unable to provide such services. Try Ancestry.com or look into hiring a professional genealogist if you need help.

I really enjoy hearing from cousins, so if you see a connection, please do send me an e-mail. I would be happy to share any information.

Privacy Policy

Your e-mail address is collected when you comment on this site, but it is never sold to a third party. You will not have to worry that you will receive spam or other e-mails. I will only contact you to respond to questions or comments if you request. Your e-mail will not be shared with anyone else. Occasionally, I do receive requests to share e-mail addresses with other researchers when they see a connection. I will always ask you before I do so. Please do not enter information you would rather keep private in a comment. I have noticed quite a few people posting phone numbers in comments, which I don’t recommend. If you want to post your e-mail address in the comment to share with other researchers, feel free to do so.

26 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hey Dana,
    I’m almost embarassed to admit this, but I stumbled onto your website by accident. I googled my dad’s name and one of the hits was to your site. I’ve spent the last hour and half reading some of yours and Papa’s comments. This is great. I hope you’re doing well and you can bet I’ll be monitoring this site more often. Take care.

  2. Word up kin folks! I started this genealogy thingy while in college at UGA. In what started out as a month long quest has now lasted 8 years! I have photos no one else does of family graves in Oglethorpe County and can e-mail…No one knows about these graves but me and it took me a month in the woods to find them! the old farmstead still has a chimney standing and a well… to my African relatives… I can’t know how your family was treated by mine, but they are all buried together on a hill in the Glade. Also known as Pt. Peter. E-mail me if you have questions.

    1. Charles, I would love to see your photos. My branch of the tree is from Oglethorpe County until they came to Texas in the late 1800’s. I am a descendant of Micajah Clark’s son Christopher Clark II. My family surnames are Clark, Adams, Terrel, Key, Bell, McClendon, and Collins. My e-mail is reiderlawanda@aol.com

    2. Charles
      I’m looking for information on an ancestor named Peter Huff who may have died in Oglethorpe County, GA, about 1802. He had a daughter named Rachael, but I don’t know the name of his wife. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.
      Kim A. Langdorf

      1. I’m only connected to the Oglethorpe Huffs through marriage and haven’t researched them thoroughly, but some of my cousins are from that family. Perhaps they will jump in and share.

      2. I just found out about this family line recently–some misinformation from a relative sent me up the wrong branch! My line goes: Sara Ann Huff (1841-1931), James R. Huff (1819-1851) and wife Martha Stephens (big Oglethorpe County name), Robert Huff (1788-1842) and wife Sarah Hardman, Peter Huff (1750-1828).

    3. Hi, Charles,
      My Great, great, great grandfather was Austin Huff. Trying to find out where he is connected to James M. Huff, 1823-1890, son of Winny and Pete Huff Jr. I found information that he lived on the farm next to James..looking for any other information that anyone has.

        1. Hello Yvonne,
          My great, great grandfather was Austin Huff of Oglethorpe county, married to Rebecca and father to my great grandmother, viola huff Kidd. I was raised by Viola, (affectionately referred to as Doty) and was handed down the family history through my great grandmother. With great regard for her father Austin. Hope to touch bases with you soon, as it seems that we share a mutual familial interest.

  3. I am trying desperately to find info on Huffs in Georgia. Carroll county, Coweta county and around there. My GGGrandmother was Martha Ann Huff b. abt 1843 and had two illigitimate children. One (my grandmother) was Louvie Ann Huff (Luvenia?) b. 1868. Charles M. Huff b. 1873 or about there. I cannot find any info on Martha Ann Huff. I have found several on ancestry.com but none really seem to match up other than a couple. I would like to know Martha Ann’s parents. Can you help me.

    1. I am the great grandson of Charles Huff of Carroll County. My Charles Huff was born in 1858 to John Alan Huff. My Grandmother, born in Bowdon in 1883 was Ota Huff. I have pictures and information on these Huffs if you are interested.

  4. I am looking for information on my wife’s family, Gloria Juett Fincham. I have it back to William Jouett in born in Kentucky (probably Woodford County) about 1801. He may be the son of William Jouett, son of Capt. John (Jack) Jouett of the Revoultionary Ride fame or the son of William Jouett, Nephew of Capt Jack, son of Capt Matthew Jouett mortally wounded at the Battle of Brandywine in 1777 (this William came to KY with his uncle Capt Jack. Does anyone have information that might help. Thanks, Allen Fincham, Richmond, KY.

  5. Could you email me with information on William Haley a Quaker of Louisa County Virginia. I am looking for a quaker church record of him to use for a class assignment. He is my ancestor. Thank you.

    1. Deena, not sure if you’re still looking, but I wouldn’t know how to help you. I don’t have access to those kinds of records. Unfortunately, I also don’t have the time to conduct genealogy research for others, nor am I professional genealogist. Have you tried Ancestry.com?

  6. Hey, Dana, I haven’t dipped into your site for a while because I’ve been swamped with work and raising teenage sons (why didn’t anybody tell me that boys were more work intensive than girls???). My own work thing’s good, though, because I’m an artist and it’s always feast or famine with us. I’ll never complain when it’s feast.

    Anyway, first, I wanted to say how glad I am that you keep this site going. I know it’s a lot of work and I’m so grateful to you for sharing your passion. The internet has made it so easy for people who have a passing fancy in genealogy to post their information online, but unfortunately in so many cases folks put up stuff that they’ve forced into their family tree, rather than what grew there organically (i.e., the right stuff!). It’s to your credit that you want to get things right and everyone who is genuinely interested in genealogy should applaud that. I know I do.

    Second, I’d like to send my family tree to you to incorporate into yours. How can I do that? I’m probably missing some essential link enabling me to do that on your site; if so, can you point me in that direction? I know we’re related. I just don’t know how and I want to know! Also, I know my information is correct and if I can assist in helping other people out, I’m happy to do so.

    Third, if I want to contact someone else who comments on one of your posts (especially if they’ve asked me to contact them), how do I do that? Do you put us in touch with each other?

    Regards from “your somehow-or-other cousin,”
    Deb Comer

  7. Dear Dana,

    I am wanting to know if any of the huffs in Georgia and Texas are related to the huffs from New York and Canada. I have all of my history of the Huffs from these places put together in a book. From my understanding the huffs came from Germany and settled in New York and moved into Canada on Prince Edward Island. From there they came into the states and moved to Utah and California and Old Mexico.
    I would like to know more of the huffs in other places.

    1. I have not heard that either the Georgia or Tennessee Huffs came from the North, but they might have. I have both families traced back to the early 1800’s, but earlier than that, I can’t say.

      1. Hi, I did find Huff’s who came from the Netherlands and lived in New York (New Amsterdam) and New Jersey. It’s alot so email me for information.

  8. Hi Dana,
    I came across your websites while researching the Meeks lineage.
    I see where your Grover Cleveland Willis married Melvina Meeks, Daughter of Nathan Taylor Meeks and Sarah Elizabeth Graham
    I would love to share some family information with you if you have some time. There is a son missing from your family sheet for the Meeks/Graham marriage and that is the line we are descended from.
    Please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

  9. I am looking for information on Earl Huff. My husband is related to James Martin Huff of Tennessee. It is said they were related to Earl “Mutt Huff. Any information is appreciated.

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