Gary Helm

Welcome to my family database.
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The primary families contained in my database are: Helm, Thompson, Campbell, Grant, Lutz and Buckner.

This database is based on research, and is not a "go on the internet and find what is out there."

Research has included:

Extensive travelling to the places our families lived, visiting countless libraries and courthouses, to read "orginial documents" that included information about family members from times when they were alive.

Listening to countless family stories about the past and then doing research to verify if the stories are true. Repeating oral stories (myths) without verifying the truth can be counter productive. Was grandpa the president of the United States, or did he just think so?

Countless cemeteries were visited. In some cases cemeteries had been long forgotten and were covered up by time, trees and brush to be navigated through. Many awe inspiring moments were spent just sitting down to remember those who have gone before us.

And there have been humbling moments visiting where, over three hundred years ago our ancestors lived and made their homes in the wild undeveloped western frontier, of what today is central Virginia.