Use a different search engine for your online genealogy research. Google is quite popular, but other search engines may provide different results. Try Yahoo! Search (, Bing (, (, Dogpile (, and even Clusty ( Pick an unusual surname and search it in different engines. Make note of the top 10 page returns for each. If you’re a genealogy blogger, share your observations on this experience.

Unfortunately, for the “Adkins” surname; it’s all about “Trace Adkins”  so you’ll need to be more specific in your search perimeters.

Here are the top searches yesterday, for this blog, we can start here:

  • haplogroup 12a is originated from where ?
  • “josias fugate”
  • lewis and inthia metcalf genealogy
  • fugate family 1900’s
  • genealogy
  • “blue sky”
  • “chief cornstalk”

Those last two always seem to hit the top searches. I guess I should do a few posts on them here and maybe I will this month. I have a print of the portrait of Cornstalk – I could post something that?!?

Note: Neither your haplogroup prediction nor your DNA test result will reveal the percentage of a given ancestral ethnicity nor the precise tribe from which you may descend.  Adkins 12a: read more


Since my uncle Frank Goode (my mom’s first cousin – I know, 1st cousin once removed, but we just called him uncle Frank – let it go) had done about 75% of my Fugate research and all I had to do was dot a few “i”s and cross a few “t”s. I guess, I’ve failed to post enough about the Fugate Family, something I do plan to rectify next month and then maybe the Fletcher, Craft and Back surnames in the following months. Please stay tuned.


Also, my uncle Denny Adkins along with his wife Joan, son John and grandson Noah came by yesterday, for a short visit. John had just flew in from his home in Alaska, burrrrr... so it was nice to see him again.

Denny reminded me that there was an “Adkins” among the original settlement and that the settlers had cut his hands off. I for one would like to know why. Denny said, “It was because he was so sweet!” um-mm… could be – maybe? (burst of laughter here) I may start a Google search on that one myself.

Happy hunting and please take a minutes and share your findings with us.

Thanks as always and Welcome to the Family,
Sheila Jean Adkins Metcalf

Success in life balance is more than simply planning and executing – it’s also developing the wisdom and judgment to make good choices in “decision moments.” ~ A. Roger and Rebecca Merrill ~ and me ~