Brandi Barnes received the first two FFBC certificates issued by the Bay County Genealogy Society and became the first certified First Families of Bay County descendant. She demonstrated her genealogical research skills and persistence by establishing the first two certified Bay County pioneers and proving her descendancy from them: Thomas Bartholomew Carden and his son Richard Iva Carden. Both Thomas and Richard were born in Alabama and came to Florida about 1887. They settled on what is now the Tyndall peninsula in the Community of San Blas. There they engaged in logging, farming, and engineering.



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