Connie’s Family History

My own roots

I’ve been interested in my family history since I was a young girl and my paternal grandmother entertained me with stories of captains, pioneers, the flu epidemic, the Gold Rush, and mysterious relatives. In later life, I’ve also learned what’s underneath the surface of my family’s history: colonization and participation in slavery. Family history has the potential to help us understand current conditions in society and to address injustices.

I have an extensive working database of my own family on genealogy software, (I use Reunion for Mac). The best place to learn about my family is on WikiTree, a collaborative, open-source, one-world tree. Learn more about my father, Alvon Hale Davis,  and my mother, Gladys Oletia (Johnson) Davis Simpson, by following the links on their WikiTree profiles.

Ellis Letters Project

In 1999 I completed a project transcribing, annotating, and analyzing family letters written between 1863 and 1867. The central character in the letters is my 3x great-grandfather, Rev. Thomas Oliver Ellis, MD. He wrote of family, political and practical matters as a man of two worlds (religion and medicine), living in a fascinating time (the Civil War years) in an unsettled place (California).

You can download a PDF of my report below. This report was written with the writing standards of 1999. Genealogical writing standards have evolved over the years since and the document will never be complete. I continue to learn about the Davis and Ellis families.


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