BULLARD GENEALOGY NARRATIVES: A NEW APPROACH
The Bullard Life and Times Genealogy Narratives are more than lists of names and dates. It is a vibrant story of geography, history, culture and politics. It puts into context and provides intimate insight into the daily lives of the Bullard descendants.
The Bullard Narratives (Joseph Bullard, Volume 1; John Bullard Sr., Volume II; Isaac & son Henry Bullard, Volume III; and Paris Bullard, Volume IV) covers the Bullard family from the mid 1700’s to 1936. The Narratives are family stories of seven generations of Bullard’s who originated from North Carolina and eventually migrated into eastern Tennessee. This was a period of turbulent times in American history beginning with the Revolutionary War years, the Antebellum period, the Civil War, and the emergence of the United States as a world power.
Combining Genealogy and History
Genealogy investigation is usually confined by researchers taking great pains to accurately record and list descendant names, birthdates, marriages, and deaths . . . a sort of one-dimensional compilation of facts and some trivia. The Bullard Narratives take it one step further: It crafts and inter-weaves the how, why, when and where of the Bullard family story.
From raising families, planting crops, fighting Indians, serving on juries, etc., the Bullard Narratives give the reader a sense and understanding of the life and times in which they lived.
Maps are used extensively to give the reader geographical orientation. Comments and observations based on sourced materials are included to bring the documentation to life.
As the Narratives unfold, celebrated personalities and historical events are intertwined with the story. Sources have been researched and listed in endnotes or footnotes.
Collecting information and evidence from another time is difficult. Names are misspelled on court documents, or no longer legible on many early tombstone markers. Historical records have been burned or lost and reservoirs have replaced homesteads, so some of the verifiable past is irretrievably gone. However, one can ask questions from the evidence that is at hand and like a puzzle, piece together a chronological, multi-dimensional story. The Bullard Narratives are such a puzzle. Some of the pieces are missing, but the story lives.
Readers are invited to contribute to the Narratives by offering their corrections, additions, and comments. Sourced documents and facts are welcome. The more readers input and share, the more complete the Narrative. It is a living document to be read, amended, and updated.
The author encourages readers to start their own Genealogy Narrative. If relevant, copy excerpts from the Bullard Narrative and place it in your own family story. Draw maps. Don’t be afraid to add family lore or oral history. Do whatever it takes to bring your descendants to life. A Narrative can start and end at any point of time, i.e. Joseph Bullard lived from ~1732 to 1788, but, the bulk of his Narrative is told from 1775 to 1788.
The Bullard Narratives are available on the Internet gratis. With the advent of Internet search engine and PDF file search tools, a reader can scan in seconds, a person's name or key word from a 200+ page document. The Narratives have complete lists of every name mentioned in sourced documents. Some genealogists abbreviate sourced documents in order to highlight their one descendant. This hinders the sharing of information. For example, in the Bullard Narratives, not only are the Bullard names highlighted on a jury list, but all jury names are included. A reader researching a specific name can easily find their descendant. It can illuminate a genealogy puzzle piece that was previously unknown or missing. Such a process extends genealogy research for the benefit of all readers.