The Jernigan family in Rolla is donating 66 genealogical books and eight magazines on that area of interest to the Rolla Public Library. The books and magazines are part of the collection of Blanche Jernigan.

The Jernigan family in Rolla is donating 66 genealogical books and eight magazines on that area of interest to the Rolla Public Library.  The books and magazines are part of the collection of Blanche Jernigan. Blanche has been a long-time genealogy researcher and has traced family descendants and their involvement throughout history, ranging from family members who were part of William the Conqueror’s Norman invasion of England in 1066 to Robert the Bruce’s successful campaign for Scottish independence from England in 1306-1320.

Additional family links have been documented with the Magna Charta Society (the Magna Carter is the ‘Great Charter’ of rights agreed to by King John of England in 1215 to make peace with a group of rival barons), the Jamestowne Society (those descended from early settlers who lived or  held colonial government positions in Jamestowne, Virg., prior to 1700), and the National Society of Colonial Dames (a leader in the field of historic preservation, restoration and the interpretation of historic sites), as well as other historical and preservation groups.

“I started my research in 1971 after my dad (Peyton) died,” Blanche recalled. “He had started research on the Whitaker family. I remember hearing him and my grandfather (R. Bevy) Clouse talk about the  family  every  time we visited. I decided that was what I wanted to do, learn as much about my family lines as I was able to. I have been doing that ever since.”

The family’s genealogical donations include census, war records, court papers, marriages, wills, church documents and registers, pensions, warrant applications, various other government records, newspapers, tax lists, land patents, and a number of “how to” books. Research spans states from the Carolinas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Alabama, and Virginia, to Arkansas.

The collection includes “Cite Your Sources: A Manual for Documenting Family Histories and Genealogical Records,”  “The Hidden Half of the Family – A Sourcebook for Women’s Genealogy,” the “Handy Book for Genealogists,” “Missing Your Ancestors – Genealogical Research on the Internet,” “Lewis & Clark, Indiana Connections,” and “Married to the Church.”

Granddaughter Amy Jernigan, her sister Holly, and Blanche are all members of the Peter Foree Chapter, Kentucky Society, of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Blanche Jernigan joined DAR in 1979. Holly was admitted in 1999 and Amy in 2015. Blanche’s son Floyd Jernigan, Rolla’s Parks and Recreation director, is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Magna Charta Barons.