Ancient Ancestors &
Learn more about DNA and genetic genealogy in our new DNA Bibliography, recommended reading to further your understanding of DNA.
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In addition to printed resources there are several YouTube videos by the authors, such as the one below.
Some Mullinax Roots
South Carolina to Texas
Otto B. Mullinax (1912-2000) was a founding member of the International Molyneux
Family Association (IMFA), formalized by its first newsletter in August of 1986
by founder and then editor Wesley L. Mullenneix (1919-1975).
Since the spring of 1998, it had been Otto’s wish that an updated edition of this
book, be co-authored by IMFA. Not resting on the research that led to its publication
in 1982, Otto continued to research, making hand-written notes of additions and
changes in the margins of his “master” copy. It was this master copy he gifted to
From this "master" copy IMFA created a fully searchable 2nd Edition PDF version,
incorporating Otto's changes plus additional commentary by IMFA researchers. IMFA
members / volunteers who have contributed to this project: Jim Molineux, Marie Mullenneix
Spearman, Steve Mullinax and Wayne Straight.
The complete book is available for download in our Resources/Bibliography.
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PDF files from GRO (General Register Office)
The GRO has a PDF pilot program for at least the next three months. If you have
Great Britain ancestry, this could be really beneficial; also, quicker than snail
mail. The extended Pilot covers PDF copies of those historical digitised civil registration
records held by GRO (i.e. birth entries from 1837 - 1916 and death entries from
1837 - 1957). A GRO index reference is required to be provided with the application.
You can find the GRO index references by logging on to the GRO online ordering service
and accessing the GRO online indexes. A PDF will cost £6.00 each.
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New MxWorld Online
The February 2019 edition of MxWorld is available now on our website.
Login (click Member Login at the top of this screen) and then
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Member MxPedigrees began appearing on the website several years ago as part of the
DNA Surname Project. We are in the process of expanding the pedigrees to include
information submitted by past and present members for publication in MxWorld.
When the project is completed you will be able to upload a GEDCOM file of your Mx
ancestry where it will become part of a searchable all-name database of member GEDCOMs.
Until then, you can add or update your information on this website at
Add/Edit Pedigree Information.
This information can be accessed by our members using the new
Names of living individuals, or individuals with a birth date after 1911 and no
death date, are automatically hidden on the website.
Who Will Inherit Your Genealogy Research?
is being posted so you can designate who you would like to see inherit your genealogical
research. Example: You can leave your research to a family member, a society or
perhaps a study partner. Print out this will and place it with your family papers.
Mx Military Records
As part of our Resources section of the MxWorld website we wish to further develop
the Military records. Brian Seddon AU019 contributed the information to kick-start
this project. We have a large number of records relating to Mx service personnel
in WWI and WWII. We have commenced putting some of these records on our website
but some of the remaining material requires minor editing or further research. This
is not an onerous or long-term commitment but may appeal to a member with a particular
interest in military history – we would be delighted to have someone take on this
If you can assist us with any of the above please email, Brian Seddon, on
Search Mx military records:
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"The Mighty Mux"
USS Mullinnix (DD-944) was a Forrest Sherman-class destroyer of the United States
Navy. She was named for Admiral Henry Maston Mullinnix USN (4 Jul 1892 -
24 Nov 1943), who was killed in action during World War II, when the aircraft carrier
USS Liscome Bay was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-175 and sank southwest
of Butaritari Island on 24 November 1943.
> More about USS Mullinnix (DD-944)
> More about Adm. Henry Maston Mullinnix
I could really use your help? What can you tell me about these “earliest Mullinaxes
I have found immigrating to the New World”? Who was Richard Mullinax, one
of 31 “gentlemen” who arrived in Virginia, January 2, 1608, on the ship
John Francis? Another Richard Mullinax signed a contract of indenture in 1684 to
come to “Mariland” on the ship Golden Lyon, under Capt. Longman. These,
and others, are mentioned by Otto Mullinax in his 1982 book (p.3), Some Mullinax
Roots: South Carolina to Texas. What was their fate? Are you descended from one
of them, or do you know if they had descendants?
Otto Mullinax was born in Texas in 1912, he died in Dallas in 2000. He was a descendant
of colonial-era families in South Carolina. He had an influential career as a civil
rights and labor lawyer in Texas, following service in Europe as a U.S. Army attorney
during and after WWII. (photo left Otto Mullinax)
Otto’s book was a pioneering genealogy; Otto applied research and analytical
skills honed through decades of legal practice.
It’s been 37 years since that publication, which predates the founding of IMFA.
All Otto’s research was done before genealogical information was widely available
on the Internet, and before the ubiquitous use of social media. Genealogists of
his generation still used postage stamps for their correspondence! (I won’t take
space to explain what those are.) For you youngsters, Google has a wealth of information.
Ancestry.com went on line in 1996, and today provides about ten billion historical
records for three million paying subscribers.
Today, IMFA has our own excellent web site and a number of active Facebook pages.
Genealogists have access to records, databases for organizing family history, and
ways of “talking” to each other, that Otto’s generation could barely
We could have (and I invite!) a useful discussion of how we can extend, update and
correct the research by Otto and others. Like any science, genealogy progresses
by our critical engagement with the thinking of earlier generations.
An outstanding example is the recent 2nd edition of Some Mullinax Roots, which Marie
Mullenneix Spearman and Jim Molineaux completed, with support from Wayne Straight
p.6, Vol.XXXIII, No.2, Nov.2018. They updated the text with Otto’s post-publication
notes and additional commentary by IMFA Researches, creating a fully searchable
PDF version. (I invite you to spend a little time with this book, available free
from the IMFA Website www.mx-world.org. Currently on the front page, and also in
the Resources/Bibliography Section. Non-members can download
Some Mullinax Roots 2nd Edition Part 1 Free Preview.pdf)
As you know only too well, no genealogy is ever complete, or completely correct.
What can we, as a community of curious interested people, add to or fix in earlier
work? What have we learned, in the decades since 1982, considering the engagement
of new generations of genealogists and our access to a wealth of new sources?
So, please help me out! What can you tell us about these or other Mx’s mentioned
in Otto’s book, especially the earliest immigrants? What does your experience tell
us about how to apply today’s tools to expand, update and share the research of
our forebears. Send me an e-mail or letter, or chime into a conversation on one
of the IMFA Facebook pages.
Steve Mullinax US312
From time to time we all find ourselves facing an apparent brick wall in our research
efforts. We find pieces of the puzzle are missing and cannot be found. Sometimes
another pair of eyes or knowledge of a little known document resource can break
the barrier and open new connections. If you find yourself in that situation we
might be able to help.