Thank you for your interest in “Genealogy with Valerie”. My name is Valerie Hughes and I have been pursuing my own Family History for over 20 years. 6 years ago I began a career as a Genealogy professional.

I was not raised around any relatives and my parents barely spoke of their upbringing or family. After my parents were gone I wanted to know more about where I came from, not just for me but for my Children and Grandchildren also.  This is the reason that I began my journey to connect with my Ancestors.  I love searching for them and I enjoy creating new ways to engage my family in Family History.

I have written 2 books on the subject of Genealogy, see links below to find them on Amazon.  I write this blog, I have an Authors Facebook page and I am also on Twitter. I love to connect with other Genealogist and share information and ideas.

When not doing Genealogy, I am an avid photographer, crafter, reader, and bicyclist. I am a wife, mother, and have the best job ever as a Grandmother!

Here are my two books!

Your Family History: Doing It Right The First Time http://tinyurl.com/lua7ojt

Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip  http://tinyurl.com/kkacalf

Social Websites:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/VHughesAuthor

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/valerie.hughes.1650


ATTENTION: I have just launched my new Blog  “Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Faith”. This Blog will feature Christian women who may be considered “ordinary” by most people but they have endured some tremendous hardships in their lives, and with the help of Jesus they have exhibited “extraordinary faith”. I will also be writing devotionals and commentary about problems that we all face. Please join me at http://tinyurl.com/pkqkkkj.


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  1. Hi,

    I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award.
    I have been following your blog for sometime and always enjoy reading your posts.

    To accept this award, there are some rules you have to follow:
    1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog.
    2. Share seven things about yourself.
    3. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!).
    4. Contact your bloggers to let them know that you’ve tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award

    Congratulations! I have posted my nominations at


  2. Thank you for following Twisted Limbs & Crooked Branches. I just read you post, “Hitting the Jackpot…”; it’s really great when we find living family via social media! Looking forward to reading more. Colleen

    1. Thank you for reading the Blog. I have found about 80 cousins from my side of the family via social media also. I wasn’t raised around family and didn’t know most of them existed. It has been wonderful getting to know them.

      I am looking forward to reading your blogs.


  3. Your blogs are wonderful reading, especially when I come across a relative from my Hayes line or affiliated family member.

  4. Hi Valerie,
    I, too, am a Redmond descendant. Could you please lead me to some sources where I can find out more about the Redmond, Pettus, Martin, and Meese families. They are all related to the Patawomeck tribe in Virginia. When I look at some sites, they lead me to believe I may be a descendant of Pocahontas. Other sites say, “No.” It is hard to know what to believe.
    With much appreciation,

  5. Hello Valerie!
    I found your from “52 Ancestors” and have enjoyed reading your posts. My husband’s direct line are Smith’s and much of that research is in southern Missouri. I don’t suppose you’ve done any research in Shannon, Texas or Greene County Missouri? Thanks!
    Nicole Smith

  6. Hey I enjoyed your articles on Thomas divine etc. I am descended from him as well, Joseph divine, his son would be my 6th great grand dad. I have been researching the family myself for a few years now. I’ve met others that have as well from across the country. Feel free to contact me

    Travis devine

  7. Hi Valerie, my mother had a cousin several years ago that traced our family tree and found out we too or kin to John Wesley Hardin. She has since passed away and no one can find the paperwork where she traced it it is driving me crazy I’ve got to know is there any way you could help me? I’m a Texas board myself Andres and somewhat of an outlaw myselfLOL

  8. Hey there! I believe we are related! A bit distantly, but I found your story about your 8th great grandma being a witch, and I wanted to reach out and say hello, and that I am starting my genealogy journey today. I have found a lot of new information I never had before, and may be able to fill some in for you in your lineage info!

  9. Hi Valerie!
    I hope all is well. I see that we are related. I grew up in Natchez with My Grandfather Peter C Rucker. Very interesting history. If you have a book on the Ruckers I would love to purchase it.

    1. Hello Paris! I am always glad to meet new cousins. No, I do not have a book that covers the Rucker family. I have written several blogs about them though. A good book on the family is called “Rucker Genealogy” by Suda Rucker. If I remember correctly, you can read it for free on google books. What is your line bac to Peter Rucker who first settled in Natchez? I am doing well, thank you. I hope you are well also.

  10. Hello Valerie,
    My name is Kimberly, and Rebecca Hood is my 10th great-grandmother. Her daughter, Hannah Alley, is my 9th great-grandmother. I have been doing genealogical research on my family for the past year since discovering I hava a different biological father than anticipated. I also have entered back into college with aspirations of becoming a genealogist eventually. After reading your about me section, I feel like we have a similar background, as I lost my connection to my family when I was 14 years old, and went into the foster care system. I didn’t get the privilege of getting to hear many family stories, and am trying to rediscover my roots. I recently discovered that I am related to Rebecca and Sarah Hood, and am very intrigued about the story. I stumbled across your blog and am now VERY intrigued about the immense amount of stories you have posted on here. Please contact me, I would love to know more about what you have discovered, how we might be related, anything at all.
    Best Regards,

  11. Hello Valerie, I really enjoyed reading and learning about Capt. William Powell and the 1622 Indian massacre on your blog. I believe he is my 9th or 10thgreat grandfather. I’ve been trying to research my heritage and have decided to start with just researching my father’s father’s father and so on , which brought me to William Powell and also your page ! Would love to know if you have any other information you would like to share!
    Thanks , Jordan

    1. I am glad you found the blog. I would be happy to share. Also if you wanted to give me the names of your great grandfather and his line to William Powell i would be happy to fill in information specific to your ancestors.

      1. My great grandfather is Bee Powell, married to Golda Patrick from Middletown,Ohio. Great great grandfather is Francis marion Powell, married to Sara Sally Crouch.

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