Thursday, June 16, 2011

Learn more about 'finding' the Old Sheriff

On 5 June 2011, under the title "The Face of Genealogy" I posted a photo of my great-grandfather, James P. Preston. He has intrigued some of you as much as he did me. The story of  his father, "the old sheriff' William Preston, is an important part of this saga. Cousin "GeneJ" in her blog "they came before" has begun a series of post entitled: "Sheriff William Preston's identity crisis" - these posts are an extensive lesson on research methods as well as a story of our family. I encourage you to get on her feed, however you choose to do that, and follow along. It is, and will be, an excellent journey.

Families are Forever!  ;-)


  1. Cool photo! It's awesome how several relatives from various branches of your family are all tracking down information about this ancestor.

  2. Thank you. I agree. This grandfather, James - he went to the gold fields at 17, by himself, and stayed many years; then alternated between ranching and mining in Montana, about the time this was taken. He was born just a couple of years before his father, William, "the old Sheriff," died... Each of them have been a real challenge to research! ;-)