Genealogy: Roberts Family

"When an old man dies a library burns" - old African proverb

The Roberts Family and Related Families

Elizabeth & Lathan
Sally & Arthur Foster
and Jessie Marie
My study of genealogy began with the Roberts family of Eastern Tennessee. My interests quickly expanded to include the Foster family. These are the family lines of my father and mother, and they quickly led my interests to the Bonners and the Andersons, the maternal side of each family line. Then, I began to discover many names I was not familiar with, such as Sharp, Horton, Baker, Fritts, Pickens, and on and on. By then, I was hooked.

What had started as a simple effort to document my family tree turned into a compendium of many family lines from multiple generations. This has proven to be one of the most fascinating and satisfying projects I have ever worked on. My greatest regret is not starting years ago! I have learned many fascinating things, and unfortunately I can also appreciate the wisdom behind the old African proverb at the top of this page.

My goal is to collect genealogical data pertaining to my ancestors and their descendants. As such, this study will involve my family tree and the trees of many others that trace back to our common ancestors (yeah, the project just grew exponentially!). Although it would be next to impossible to ever trace that many lines, my desire is to collect as much information as possible and preserve it for our families and future generations.

My wish list! We have a WISH LIST page for missing data and problem areas. Also included is a list of books for which I am searching. Several books have been located and purchased. Genealogical records, photos, obituaries, etc that pertain to our family genealogy are always welcome and appreciated!

References & Sources used in this study for research, data collection, compilation, and presentation are listed on our SOURCES page. I will make additions from time to time as new sources are found and used.

Questions and comments. I began this study in 2005. I am currently the developer, researcher, coordinator, webmaster, and whatever else all rolled into one. You are welcome to contact me regarding this website or make inquires relating to my family history presented in these pages. We enjoy hearing from others and welcome your QUESTIONS and COMMENTS. Of course, we also appreciate any information you may share with us concerning any of the people on this site. Ideas and suggestions for the website are always welcome, too.

My thoughts on genealogy. The study of genealogy and preservation of genealogical records is nothing new. Actually, it traces back to Biblical days. Matthew, the first book in the New Testament, begins by tracing the genealogy of Jesus back to Abraham. Matthew 1:1-3 reads "1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; 3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;" and so on down through the generations until in verses 16-17 we read "16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations." So, while the study of genealogy is certainly nothing new, I believe it is quite natural to want to know, understand, and preserve our family ancestry.