Look to the right to find links to my individual surname websites.
This website is here to share information about my genealogy research. My passion is family history research and sharing that history. I love the “hunt” and the detective work it entails. I’ve visited many large and small-town archives, libraries, and courthouses over the years, to try to document my family and their history. I’ve corresponded with a lot of new-found cousins along the way, and that is by far the most gratifying of all.
All of these webpages were created by me, Elaine Hafield Powell, aka The Heritage Lady. When I became a scrapbooking consultant in 1995 I started sharing my interest in genealogy and I created a family heritage album. All my customers liked it so much that they asked me to teach them. That evolved into heritage album classes and eventually a book. My customers started calling me “The Heritage Lady” and it stuck!
On these various surname webpages, I have so far only been able to share some of the information that I have gathered over the last 30 years while researching my family. I have stacks of documents and information to add, and I will add those as time permits.
I love teaching others how to research their family history and to document that history in their scrapbooks, website, and family stories.
I am most proud to share the news that I have been accepted as a member of the esteemed Jamestowne Society. I sincerely thank my cousin Sandy Boyd for assisting me with documentation for my application. We both are now members under our ancestor Thomas Dew (c. 1600 – c. 1681), who was the 7th Speaker of the House of Burgesses.
I was also recently accepted as a member of the Daughters of the American Colonists under my ancestor John Cotton. I am also in the Society of Indiana Pioneers under my ancestor Jacob Hatfield, and in First Families of St. Louis under Frederick Wirtz. My DAR Patriot is Robert Hobday. I love honoring my ancestors by preserving their lineage and history in these various lineage societies.