griffonStumbling in the Shadow of Giants is an on-going genealogy project, built for the collection, organization and sharing of all the research I and others have accumulated over many decades of family history work.

The list of surnames in my family history is lengthy (370 unique surnames!) and reaches back to the 12th century. The bulk of my research and associated writing so far covers the following surnames:

In the near future it is my intent to publish similar material on as many additional relatives as possible.

Most of the ancestors researched here are of European descent, most originating from England, Wales, and Ireland.

Family Trees:
I have built an extensive family tree site at MyHeritage.com. You can visit this site by hitting the referenced link and requesting membership. From there you can search individual names, find resource information, photos, documents, etc.

Civil War Diary
The previously unpublished Civil War Diary of William Ellis Jones (1838 – 1910) is included in full, unedited, in its own chapter in my forthcoming biography of the same. The original manuscript now resides at the Clements Library in the Schoff Civil War Collection, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The Civil War Diary includes detailed accounts of the Battle of Gaines Mill, the Battle of Seven Pines, the Second Battle of Bull Run, and the Battle of Fredericksburg. In addition it vividly records an encounter with General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, as well as many more colorful and enlightening events of life (and death) on the battlefield, including details of civilian life in the South during the War years.

Important Non Relatives
Everyone has influences, and my families have had theirs. As I discover important influences I am collecting them and including them as part of the research and writing on this site. Where genealogies are available for these people, I have also included family trees for them on MyHeritage.com.


Publishers may contact the author at: jones (dot) c (dot) hall (at) gmail (dot) com
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