Lindell-Herndon Genealogy
Genealogy of the Lindell, Herndon, Bonnell, and Fairbanks families.

This genealogy database was started in 1995 as part of my search for Robert Paul Herndon—my paternal grandfather who disappeared in 1937. Seven years of research resulted in my finding my grandfather's gravesite in Blytheville, Arkansas and establishing the facts of his life after he abandoned my father's family. Afterwards, I continued the work, completing significant portions of the Herndon, Masten, Stiles, Tutein, Fairbanks, Lindell, Johnson, Bonnell, and Jarvis family trees.

This is all a round-about way of saying that I have spent thousands of hours and thousands of dollars building a database that is unlike 9 in every 10 genealogy compilations you will find on the Internet. There is no fact in my database that does not have supporting evidence, no person nor family that lacks citations.

So I ask that you respect the work I've put in by abiding by the restrictions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. In fact... I insist!

What's New

Stiles Girls
Stiles Girls
(L-R) Lois Miranda Stiles, Villa Ernest Stiles, and Regina Elizabeth Stiles circa 1892. 
Regina Elizabeth Stiles
Regina Elizabeth Stiles
Bill's 2G-aunt (paternal) 
Marina Floyd Stiles
Marina Floyd Stiles
Bill's 2G-aunt (paternal) 
Francis Elmo Stiles
Francis Elmo Stiles
Bill's 2G-uncle (paternal) 
Cecil Elliot Stiles
Cecil Elliot Stiles
Bill's 2G-uncle (paternal) 


Bidwell, Lois J
   b. 1 Jun 1922, Luxora, Mississippi County, Arkansas, United States
Goode, Mary
   b. ?
Hamnet, Mary
   b. ?, (unknown)
Herndon, John Lawson
   b. 13 Aug 1851, _______, _______, North Carolina, United States


Latest News

Jun 2023 - I'm publishing some new and some updated templates for TNG, the genealogy software that supports this site and database.

Sep 2022 - I've started work as a freelance photographer and opened Foto Betiko a site for soliciting documentary photography projects and for showcasing 16 years of my best photography.

Apr 2021 - After 35 years, I've brought my career in information and cyber security, software assurance, and software engineering to a close. Now I have time to focus on creative endeavors: Photography, genealogy, and poetry.

Apr 2017 - I've started uploading all of my 1400+ source files and linking them to their TNG source entries. Check out What's New to see some examples.

Nov 2016 - You can now view Lindell-Herndon Genealogy in Danish, English, French, German, Spanish, and Swedish, all the languages of our ancestors.

Jul 2015NearDark and NearDawn, the TNG templates that I use for this site, have been published to the TNG community.

Nov 2014 — I've begun publishing a few of the more significant photos from my great-grandmother's album.

Nov 2014 — I've inherited two family heirlooms: A original edition of The Lone Star State series from 1893 and my great-grandmother's personal family photo album.

Dec 2013 — In light of Ancestry's acquisition of Find A Grave, I have removed all the gravesite photos of the memorials I manage. Most photos are still available via my Flickr account.

Aug 2012 — My father's only brother, Robert Frank Herndon, passes away at the age of 77.

Apr 2012 — My database goes live using TNG and a modification of template 8 I call Near Dark.

Mar 2012 — Using The Next Generation (TNG) for the first time.

Oct 2011 — My father, William Cecil Herndon, passes away at the age of 79.

abt May 2004 — steals my entire online database as part of the Rootsweb acquisition, violating my Terms of Use, and plagiarizing every entry by removing all the source citations.

Mar 2002 — I locate my grandfather's gravesite in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Jan 1998 — Begin publishing at

May 1997 — Web-publish my database for the first time using Gendex.

Feb 1997 — Begin using Reunion for Macintosh for my data.

Dec 1995 — I start the search for my paternal grandfather.

Lois Miranda Stiles
Bill's maternal great-grandmother left home at age 19 to homestead a parcel of land in Wyoming on behalf of her cousin. Her family, owners of the Stiles Ranch in Williamson County, Texas, did not approve. As cattlemen, the fact that there daughter was homesteading for a sheep rancher was a family scandal.

Robert Paul Herndon
Bill's paternal grandfather was convicted on 5 counts of forgery in Modesto, Stanislaus County, California on, or just before, 7 November 1941. He served 14 years at the California Institution for Men, a minimum security prison at Chino, San Bernardino County, California as prisoner 67459.

Featured Photo

This site runs on TNG v14.0.4 and uses the NearDark2 template by William Herndon.

If you have any questions or comments about the information on this site, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.


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