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WikiTree Hughes Family Added:(03/31/13)

If you are looking to help some one or need some help tracking down a particular member in your Hughes Family, take a look at WikiTree.

Hughes Family Tree DNA Results Added:(01/22/13)

If you have not seen the Hughes DNA Project - Y-DNA Classic Chart. Click here to view the results.

Hughes Family Tree DNA Project Added:(02/21/10)

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Also, don't foget to look at this link for the Hughes This Hughes Family Project.

Ancestry Daily News Added:(10/27/06)

Here is a link to the ancestry.com daily news. It is a great resource for everyone.

Dowsing for Graves Added:(03/15/04)

Apparently many Canadians believe in this practice as well, and they even have an organization of Dowsers that has a website dedicated to this age-old art.


How to Dowse Graves - by Brenda Marble

Dowsing is an age-old art that has been used for centuries to locate water, graves and etc. I first learned about grave dowsing from a fellow volunteer at the Cass County Historical Society while working on "The Cemetery Project". Since that time, I have conducted several of my own experiments involving dowsing and researched different theories. I still don't know that answer as to just exactly why this technique works, but I can assure you that this technique does work and has been proven. I will attempt to teach you how to dowse for graves in this article.

There are several ways to make dowsing rods, but I since I have only used one of these methods, that is the method that I will recommend.
1. Start with 2 metal coat hangers. Cut them at the neck just before the point where they join to form the hook of the hanger.
2. Straighten each hanger, trying to get out all bends.
3. Once the hangers are straight, make a 90 degree bend for the handles. I recommend that the handles be 3 to 4 inches long. This allows for a light grip and keeps the handle from obstructing movement.

1. Hold the rods lightly in your hands, with elbows at your waist (90 degree angle) and forearms parallel to the ground. The rods should be held straight out, also parallel to the ground and parallel with each other. Do not place your thumbs over the bend of the handle, this will restrict movement. Do not grip too tightly, only enough to keep the rods parallel.
2. Approach the suspected gravesite, walking very slowly.
3. If a body is present, the rods will cross in front of you when you are over the grave. Once you step off of the grave, they will uncross.

Let me stress that in order for this method to work properly, you must go to a cemetery with marked graves and PRACTICE. Everyone develops a slight variance in their technique and just because something works for me does not mean that it will work exactly the same way for everyone. For some, this method will not work at all, but I have found that it works for at least 90% of the people that I have taught this method to. Some people have associated dowsing with witchcraft, however, I do not believe that 90% of the population are practicing witches which means that there has to be a scientific explanation and requires no "Special Powers" by the person who is performing the dowsing.

Most cemeteries in the United States bury their dead in a Christian manner. This means that all bodies are laid with the head pointing west and the feet pointing east. It is very important to remember this, as the layout of the body will later help you determine the gender of the person buried there and also help determine if the burial ground contains human remains. I have not yet experimented with Indian burial grounds. It is my understanding that many of them are buried in a sitting position so some alterations to this technique may be necessary while dowsing in Indian burial grounds or cemeteries with different religious backgrounds. The techniques I describe in this segment will be based on Christian burials.

As mentioned earlier, Christian graves are laid out in a west/east direction. When trying to locate a lost cemetery, it is best to walk in north/south direction in order to pick up a pattern. Usually you will find the graves to be separated by 2-3 feet. As you cross each grave, the rods will cross and then uncross as you step off of them. I find that I take 2-3 steps between each grave (this may vary depending on the size of your step, which is why practice is, important). If you find that a pattern develops (cross, 3 steps, cross, 3 steps, etc.) you have most likely found a cemetery. You will then need to determine the perimeter of the cemetery. By walking north and south, you can come pretty close to determining where the burials begin and end. When you reach the edge of the burial ground and are not longer picking up bodies, go back to the last grave and begin walking east and west. You will now be picking up on the length of the body, you will get some variances depending on rather infants, children or adults occupy the end graves. Keep walking east and west until you are no longer picking up bodies. By the time you have completed a square, you will have a good idea of the perimeters of the cemetery. Be sure to always check past the last body for at least 20 feet. Remember that you are looking for a pattern. You will find that Christian burial grounds are very well laid out. Side by side and head to toe in perfectly straight lines. This is important to note because animals can also be picked up with dowsing rods, however, it would be unusual for an animal burial ground to be laid out so symmetrically. So, the symmetrical layout of the burials is your first clue that the remains are most likely human.

To determine the approximate age of the person buried in an unmarked grave, begin at the foot/head of the grave and walk the length. The rods will cross at the feet/head and remained crossed until you reach the other end (feet/head) at which time they will uncross when you step off of the body. I count my steps as I walk the length of the body. For me, 1-2 steps indicates an infant, 2-3 a toddler, 3-4 a child, 5 an adolescent or short adult, 6 an adult and 7 a tall adult. Once again, this is where practicing with marked graves helps perfect your technique.

There are two methods to determine gender of the person buried. The first one can give a false reading depending on rather the undertaker buried the person correctly, the second method has proven to be foolproof, so far. It is VERY important to use both methods when determining rather a burial site contains human remains.

Method 1: (Overhead) Standing over the center of a grave, hold one rod over your head. The rod will swing around and point to the feet of a male or the head of a female. I don't know the scientific reason for this, but I can only guess that each gender is polarized to the earth by different portion of the body. You may get a false reading. It is uncommon, but does happen, that a person can accidentally be buried backwards. I have found this several times which is why method # 2 is used as confirmation.

Method 2: (One-finger) Standing over the center of the grave, balance the handle of one rod on your index finger, holding the rod straight down. The rod will begin making a circular motion. It will rotate clockwise for a male and counterclockwise for a female. No matter how the body is laid in the grave, this method will give the correct gender. This method can also be used when more than two people are buried in one coffin or one grave. In this case you will need to go over the entire grave using the one-finger method. If there is a break between the bodies or a difference in gender, the rods will swing in a pendulum motion and then resume a circular motion. This is good to use when an infant is buried with their mother, etc. Combining the two methods will help determine human or animal remains. Animals will also register gender but it is unlikely that they will all be buried in a Christian manner. So if you find several burials, use the gender methods to determine the layout of the bodies. If all heads point west and the one-finger method agrees with the overhead method, then most likely you have found human remains.

Cremations are more difficult to pick up, however, they are detectable if the ashes were buried in a container. When crossing over the buried (contained) ashes, the rods will react differently, swinging together from left to right in a horizontal pendulum motion. You CANNOT determine gender. Using the one-finger method, the rod will circle either clockwise or counterclockwise and then reverse direction, repeating the reversals over and over. If ashes were spread over an area, then of course, they have gone with the four winds and cannot be detected.

As mentioned above, animals can be picked up using the rods for grave dowsing and the one-finger method WILL also determine their gender. This is where looking for the layout of the burial becomes important and combining all of the above techniques to make an accurate determination. While checking a field that contained unmarked slave burials, I came across a horse that had been buried. One oddity in checking the grave was that if seemed to be extremely large. I had stepped off 9 paces for the length and about 4-5 for the width. This was an indication that something was not quite right. Doing the gender checks, the overhead method indicated female and the one-finger method agreed. Even though this appeared to be a Christian burial, the size remained questionable. I then had to use the one-finger method to get an exact layout of the body and discovered that it had legs protruding to one side. The size was a good indication that the remains were not human but by determining the body layout, I was able to confirm this. Most humans (hopefully) are buried on their backs, animals on their sides. Checking for these slight differences will confirm rather you have human or animal remains. Although a horse is quite larger than a human, dogs, cats and other smaller animals can easily be confused with humans.

Since I starting using this technique, I have often wondered what causes the rods to cross. I have done some research and have found that several scientists claim that the rods pick up a disturbance in the earth's magnetic field, other's claim that they are picking up the gases from decaying bodies. I have proven that these theories are incorrect. I give a presentation on dowsing and use a video tape to demonstrate the different techniques; however, this could easily be faked. In order to convince my audience that this method truly works, I asked for volunteers to test the method on living subjects. Much to their amazement, the rods will cross over the body of a living human while they are lying on the floor. They will also give a gender reading. So, the above theories by scientist cannot be right if this method works on living individuals. It has to have something to do with the magnetic field given off by our bodies that remains with the body even after death.

Water dowsing is done much the same way as your basic grave dowsing, however I have found a slight difference in the reaction of the rods when finding a large body of underground water. For me, when I walk over an area that contains a well or larger body of water, my rods begin to take me in a circular motion, both of them pulling me to one direction and around. On water pipes, however, I still get the rod crossing. This segment is important as you must learn to recognize rather you are picking up on a burial or on a water source. You can usually solve this rather quickly by following the length. Most of the time, your water source is a water pipe and once you find the direction that the pipe is laid, the rods will stay crossed as long as you remain over it. One step to the left or right though, will cause your rods to uncross, further establishing the fact that you are over a pipe. This is great for finding the water pipes in your yard and will save money if you ever have to have them dug up.

Once again, I'm including another segment on practice. I cannot stress the importance of this enough. You cannot be sure that the readings you are getting are accurate unless you have perfected the technique while practicing on marked graves. Do not look at the stone before you attempt dowsing. Do all the methods mentioned above, make your determination and then verify it with the information on the stone. Doing this over and over again, varying gender and ages, and soon you will become comfortable enough to be confident of your dowsing. The more comfortable you become, the more sensitive you will become with the rods. If you are having trouble getting this method to work for you, then you are probably holding the rods too tightly, placing your thumbs over the bends of the rods or walking too fast. If you can rule out these three most common problems, then you probably fall within the 10% who cannot perform this technique.

This past summer (2000), I had the opportunity to prove this technique works. A mortician who actually did the burials in a certain local cemetery, tested me on graves that were not quite the way that they were suppose to be, information that only he could know. I passed his test with surprising accuracy and now he calls on me when questioning a burial site. In one cemetery, the family insisted that he go ahead with the dig, even though I had already told him that two unmarked graves were on the lot. He did as the family instructed with a promise to let me know if anything was found. Two wooden coffins were found exactly where I said they would be.

After further experimenting in different geographical locations and receiving reports from other dowsers who have tried this method thoughtout the United States, we are finding that that the reactions of the rods when determining gender, vary. In some instances, they react the opposite of what I have reported here. This is why practicing in a marked cemetery in the same geographical location is important. I now feel that the longitude and latitudes of the earth affect the polarity reaction of the rod reading.

Brenda Marble
Millers Paranormal Research
Cass County Historical & Genealogy Society Volunteer
Please visit Brenda's website Millers Paranormal Research

© Copyright - Brenda Marble.

50 Million Historical Documents Released on NARA W Added:(04/05/03)

The Access to Archival Databases (AAD) System

By EUN-KYUNG KIM, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Researchers, genealogists and the plain curious can now use the Internet to check more than 50 million historical records at the National Archives, from Civil War battles to family immigration files.

Before the system became available, people had to either visit the Archives and spend hours combing through documents or request the files by phone and pay to have them mailed.

"Now, people can pull these electronic records at their own convenience," said Michael Carlson, electronic and special media records director for the archives. "It's totally self-service from your desktop."

The records available on the database system represent a small fraction of the archive's electronic holdings. They were selected because of their analytical and statistical nature — most deal with information that easily can be looked up based on specific names, dates, organizations, cities or states.

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Hughes & Related Families Reunion 2002 Added:(08/19/02)

HUGHES 2002 Reunion was great. We had 40 + members attending. We have voted to have the next Reunion in TX with William "Al" Hughes as chairman. Appears Fort Worth, TX may be the spot. Best wishes, Bob Hughes, Pres. Hughes Families.

Hughes 2002 Reunion Photo

We now need a new idea for our Poll to replace where would we like to hold our next reunion. Please send us ideas as to what you would like to have a Poll about. For example, a Poll could be “What is the best Genealogy Software?”

Hughes & Related Families Reunion Added:(07/29/02)

Title: Hughes & Related Families, Inc.
Start Date: Friday, August 16, 2002
End Date: Saturday, August 17, 2002
Information: Hughes Families 3rd Int'l. Reunion Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Jackson, TN Banquet Fri. 7 P.M. Business Meeting Sat 9 A.M- Cost $50.00 per person.

Location: Jackson, TN
Contact: Hughes, Bob
Email: bandbhughes@webtv.net
Phone: 731-668-8468
Fax: 731-855-9987

Hughes News & Trails, Vol VI, No. 2, June, 2002 Added:(07/12/02)

Historian's Corner Hughes Reunion 2002, Lawrenceburg, KY The Casper Smith Hughes Family Bible of Gilson Via The Richmond Enquirer War of 1812 Pensioners Hugheses of the Carolinas, Alabama, and Georgia Revolutionary War Pension Records Confederate Hugheses Bible of George W. Hughes Hughes Reunion-Hotel Reservations Hughes Families Parade of States Hughes Dues From the Desk of the Editor Sheraton Four Points Hotel-Hughes 2002

HUGHES NEWS & TRAILS, March, 2002, Vol. VI, No. 1 Added:(04/04/02)

Hugh W. Hughes-Slate King of America

A Western Branch of the Hughes Family

Exerpts From VA Records Involving Hughes Families Albermarble County Bedford County Marriages of Burned Counties VA Campbell County Hanover County Family Bible of William Henry Hughes Wills of Mary Hughes, John Hughes, Margaret Hughes Middlesex County Spotsylvania County Richmond Enquirer

Rev. War Pension Bounty Land Grants Absalom Hughes Andrew Hughes Benjamin Hughes George Hughes Lloyd "Spud" Hughes--House of Menthol Cigaretts

Hughes Dues (Yes, we need those)

Hughes Families 2002 Reunion & Board of Directors Meeting-Aug. 16-17, 2002.

John Hughes & My Quaker Ancestors 1698-1998

Hughes Families Donations--W/O those,we are out of business.

Hughes Families Parade of States--Can any State catch Tennessee in membership, I doubt it.

From the Desk of the Editor--May be my best ONE.

MARCH 20, 2002--HUGHES FAMILIES BIRTHDAY Added:(03/19/02)

March 20, 2002, marks the 5th birthday of Hughes & Related Families, Inc. From that day, March 20, 1997, when we received our first charter of inc- operation from the Commonwealth of VA, Hughes Families has never looked back. As of today, we have 550 members in 47 U.S. states and 5 foreign countries. We have a great website and newsletter to offer Hughes researchers.

May Hughes Families continue to grow and prosper and continue preserving our Hughes history.

Best wishes, Bob Hughes, Pres. Hughes & Related Families, Inc.

HUGHES NEWS & TRAILS, Vol. V, No.4; December, 2001 Added:(01/04/02)

Moses "M" Hughes

Another Hughes at King's Mountain

Minerva Jane Hughes

Claude L. Hughes

David Hughes Rev. War Pension App

Louisiana Hughes Marriages

Hugheses Who Died in the World Trade Center Attack

The Sargent Hughes Family

Rev. War Pension App William & Sarah Hughes

Most Wanted Hughes

Some Early Virginia Hughes Marriages

Hughes Families Parade of States

Hughes & Related Families Donations

HUGHES 2002 Reunion

Hughes Dues

From the Desk of the Editor

HUGHES NEWS & TRAILS, Vol. V, No 3; Sept.. 2001 Added:(10/02/01)

Archbishop John J. Hughes

Hughes Families From Bucks County, PA and White County, IL

Thomas Hughes

First Families of Tennessee

Colonial Clery of the Middle Colonies

Hughes & Related Families Donations

Pension Application of Francis Hughes

William Hughs Rev. War Record

Most Wanted Hugheses--NEW

Archelaus Hughes Resting Place Reclaimed

A Patriot Remembered-Col. Archelaus Hughes

Wales Trip

Early Hughes Immigrants to VA 1639---

Hughes Dues-Yes we need those

In Memory of Helen Holladay Hughes & Robrt Allen Ragland, Sr.-A very good friend

From the Desk of the Editor-John Charles Hughes Editor of the DAILY WORLD, Aberdeen, WA-A must to read

Till we meet again

Bob Hughes, Pres. Hughes Families

Virginia Wills Added:(07/06/01)

Over 20 wills from Hughes families in Prince Edward and Cumberland Counties of Virginia during the 18th century have been added to the members area.

The information was obtained from original records photocopied by Michael Robert Hughes. He made copies of the original wills and listed the information that pertains who the beneficiaries were.

Hughes News & Trails, Vol. V, No. 2, June, 2001 Added:(06/29/01)

Headlines From Hughes Families June Newsletter

Hughes Families From Bucks Co., PA & White Co., IL Seven Generations in America

More Information On The Hughes Bible

Thomas and William Hughes-SC

Hughes Soldiers At King's Mountain

The Death of Joseph Hughes

The Cochran Brothers of Texas

Will of Richard Hughes-SC

Merdith Marshall Hughes

54th William R. Hughes Reunion

Querry-Rufus M. Hughes

Querry-Mary "Polly" Hughes

Carolina Marriages

Hughes Dues-We need those to continue

Acknowledgements-Gifts to Hughes Families

Hughes Families Parade of States-TN leads

Heritage & Bledsoe's Lick

The Young Old Man of the Mountains-Francis Hughes

From the Desk of the Editor

Reunion Bulletin Board! Added:(06/14/01)

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HUGHES NEWS & TRAILS, March, 2001 Added:(04/21/01)

From Hoquiam to Frog Level, A Hughes Finds His Way Home

Rev. James Rowland Hughes

Hughes Families From Bucks County PA and White County, IL---Part II

Will of John Hughes of Amelia County, VA

Sheriff "Buffalo Joe" Joseph G. Hughes, 1846- 1915

The Murder of John Thomas Hughes

Hughes Bible--Phildelphia, PA 1810

Joseph Hughes--Revolutionary War Hero

Hughes Families of Texas

Vestal Hughes-Query

A Book Brings Relatives Togather

The Obituary of Iverson W. Hughes

Arch Hughes Cmetery, Williamson Co., TN Reading

Marriages In Virginia

In Memory of Olin Lee Hughes, 1904-2001

Hughes Families Parade of States

Hughes Burials in Union County, So. Car.

From the Desk of the Editor

Discover Historic Rugby, TN

These are headlies of the Hughes News & Trails, QT publication of Hughes & Related Families. To receive, you must be a current member of Hughes Families. Researchers interested in joining and receiving may contact Hughes Families.

Hughes Families Members E-Mail Addresses Added:(04/21/01)

In the March, 2001, Hughes News & Trails, we listed members with incorrect addresses. We received info and changed several, but we still have several coming back. We understand with all the changes of ISP's names, etc. why this happens. Therefore when same occurrs you need to let us know. so that you don't miss any mail. Of course, this will not help those whose mai is currently coming back . This only applies to e-mail addresses.

Hughes News & Trails Added:(04/21/01)

By today, April 17, 2001, I hope that everyone has received copy of March, 2001, Hughes News & Trails. It was our feeling that this issue was our best. We have discovered a mistake or two, and for that we apologize. We were hoping to get this issue out w/o any, but Betty and I are not beyond making mistakes. Please correct e-mail address of Don Hughes, author of the outstanding story of Joseph Hughes, Rev. War Hero, to as follows: jdhughes@softcom.net.

We have received many responses to the Newsletter about the great articles and to those members, thanks. We need articles, stories, cemetery readings, queries, etc. for the June Newsletter. I will go so far to tell you now, that the conclusion of the June issue of Hughes News & Trails, From the Desk of the Editor, will give each of us something to ponder upon.

Next item of business, HF is still asking for same dues as we did in 1997 when we had a 4-6 Newsletter and NO website. We have several choices as follows-increase dues which we don't like, cut-back on the Newsletter content, which we don't like, or ask for donations to Hughes Families. Most other family organizations seek and ask for such. We have received 3 donations to HF since the last Newsletter. They came from members who aren't on the internet nor will receive copy of this mail. I ask your opinion of this matter, and comments pro or con will be considered. As you are aware, everyone received at least 6 Newsletters in your first year and at a cost of $2.00 each, you see how much we make. Just for the record, we will not under any circumstances publish and send the Newsletter on the internet. Trust all of you understand why.

Please send us your comments and suggestions.
Thanks very much.
Bob Hughes, Pres.

Hughes Reunion 2002 Added:(04/20/01)

HUGHES 2002 Reunion is in the planning stages. Exact dates and location is still undetermined at this point. Mostly likely sites include Texas, Tennessee, or Virginia. Hughes Families will require full deposit of the registration fee prior to the Reunion. Once your reservation is made and you don't attend, you loose your deposit. We will need at least 100 reservations to hold HUGHES 2002 Reunion.

Web Site Updates Added:(05/20/00)

We will be redesigning the web site in the next few weeks. Please feel free to send comments and suggestions as to what you would like to see.

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