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Friday, August 31, 2012

Week 35 of Abundant Genealogy

Week 35: Genealogy Friends. Genealogy friends are wonderful people. Don’t you agree? Tell us about a genealogy friend in your life. How did you meet? Do you share any common ancestors or research interests?

[Two girls talking]I feel like a school kid writing this.  You know BFF's and all that.  However, those feelings aside, I have a very close and dear friend who lives just an hour from here that I call and email with all my genealogy stuff.  Besides, it is all her fault I am into this like I am.  She has set the example to me, got me started, talk through problems, loaned me books, and so much more.

She was one of the very first people I met when we moved to this area.  We have kids about the same ages, who seem to get along with one another.  That and we share a lot of the same hobbies and interests.  Our friendship just kept blooming!

As of right now, she and I don't have any ancestors in common.  However, she and my husband do have some colonial New England links.  This I find highly entertaining.  We are both very intrigued by genetic genealogy and have talked for many hours over the phone about the findings we have each had through testing. 

Thanks Elizabeth!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Week 34 of Abundant Genealogy

Week 34: Genealogy Challenges. Which genealogy challenge has given you the best sense of accomplishment? What was the research problem you had to hurdle? What steps did you take that led to success? Do you have any words of encouragement for others who are facing their own genealogy challenges?

Many of my posts here, and at Family Tree, have chronicled my research problems and how I found answers (if any) to them.  Feel free to peruse and read those posts that sound most intriguing to you.

My favorite ones are the ones where I have to do heavy duty research, over multiple platforms, to really gain the answers and insight into the problem that I have to solve.  For instance, finding a name and basic information is great.  Finding their home, reading up on what it was like at that time, researching the local area, looking at other places to find information that are not in the mainstream, and filling in the holes with details about their lives is what is very satisfying for me.

The only advise I can give is, as they say in Galaxy Quest, "never give up, never surrender."  Something new is made available every day in this community.  You may find your answer, tomorrow, next month, next year, or ten years from now, just don't stop looking.  There are plenty of people in your tree, if you get frustrated with one switch gears to another and come back later.  You may be surprised what a break can do for you.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Loving the Virtual Conference: Next post up at Family Tree

My next post at Family Tree Firsts is up and about the Family Tree University Virtual Conference.  Read about my experiences with all the stuff I learned from the last one here.

To be fair, and up front, I can attend this event free of charge as their Family Tree Firsts blogger.  With that being said, I still would have paid money to attend it!  In fact, and you can ask them, I have told all my friends and family who are into genealogy that they HAVE TO attend this conference.  Particularly the ones who are a bit strapped for cash right now, have to worry about child care, or a multitude of other reasons that prevent them from going to one that is live.  I had such a great experience at the one virtual conference last spring I had to spread the word around. 

I particularly love that you can participate as much, or as little, as you want.  The Saturday of the upcoming conference in September I have plans to be out in a state park all day.  I may miss a couple live chats, but that's okay.  I can pick up where I left off when I get back.

So... I hope to "see" you there and bump into you online!

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Paul Combs golden glove boxer

I came across these old newspaper clippings in a box of papers that belonged to my grandmother.  She cut them out of the local paper from Washington, Indiana, the Herald Tribune.  They were running a column called "Looking Back: 50 Years Ago."  It highlighted community happenings and people from 50 years before.  She had clipped the columns that contained information on my grandfather, Paul Combs.  I have talked about him in the past here.

Saturday March 8, 1986
Looking Back
50 years ago
March 8, 1936

The Strong Montgomery Vikings pulled the first big surprise of the Washington Sectional in the first semi-final game here Saturday afternoon by defeating their arch rival, the Odon Bulldogs, 28-14.  In the other game, the Washington Hatchets defeated the Plainville Midgets, 23-19.

Edward H. Scales, ex-clerk of the Pike Circuit Court and ex-democratic county chairman of Pike County, was confirmed by the senate yesterday for Postmaster at Petersburg.

Paul Combs, Washington's only boxer of any worth, Friday night came close to achieving his ambition -- that of winning the Chicago Gold Gloves tournament in the bantamweight class.  Combs fought his way through all the preliminary rounds and went undefeated, earning a bid in the final.  But Johnny Brown of Chicago out-punched Combs in the three-round fight and was ruled the winner.  Combs was quite popular in Chicago, and after the decision was announced, the judges were booed thinking that Combs should have been declared the winner.

Friday April 4, 1986
Looking Back
50 years ago
April 4, 1936

The Rainbow Rangers of Washington have accepted employment with Don Weston, formerly with Gene Autrey.  They are heard daily from Station WLAP in Lexington, Kentucky.  In the feature they will be known as Don Weston and his Westerners.

Paul Combs, local bantamweight boxer, punched his way into the finals of the State Amateur Athletic Union boxing tournament in the South Bend last night when he won a decision over Paul Lanby of Elkhart.  Combs will have the best wishes of all the people this community as he has proved himself one of the best, if not the best boxer ever seen in this section of the state.

On the national scene, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was put to death by electrocution today for his conviction of the kidnap-murder of aviator Charles Lindbergh's baby.

Wednesday April 30, 1986
,Looking Back
50 years ago
April 30, 1936

A joint Mother's Day program will held next Monday evening, May 11th, at 7:30 o'clock in the court house, sponsored by the American Legion, and the be participated in by the War Mothers, Legion Auxiliary, mothers of service men, and the American Legion.  Dr. H.C. Wadsworth of Washington will be the principle speaker of the evening, and a playlet will be given by the Legion Auxiliary.

Quite a number of local sport fans are anxiously waiting for the night when the Bedford Recreation Boxing team will meet the local team at the Recreation center.  Bob Downey, Recreation supervisor, announced today that a feature bout is in the making between Paul Combs, State A.A.U. champion a boy from Bedford, whom we are told was the champion of the Pacific fleet when he was in the navy.  A match of the kind would certainly draw a large crowd.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Duley Family of Harrison Indiana

File:Map of Harrison County, Indiana.svg
Harrison County Indiana
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Another one of the treasures I received in the mail from my dad's sister was this family history.  Originally written by Martha Duley for her nephew Donnie Lasley, it is 7 pages long and was hand copied from the original between 1901 and 1916 by my 3rd great aunt, Abbie Duley Lasley.  I know it was written before 1916 as Abbie makes a note to her sister Sarah Duley Bline at the end, my third great grandmother, who died 21 March 1916. 

The Duly family was from Kentucky, but settled in Harrison County Indiana around the Corydon area.  I loved reading the story of my "marrying" grandmother.  I couldn't believe how much history there is that even I didn't know, plus many new names and places to go research.

There are tons of run on sentences, but I am not sure that is actually the case.  One, they may have not shown up in the photocopy I have.  Two, she constantly uses two parallel lines, like an equal sign, to break up the sections.  Maybe those would be periods?

Family history originally written by Martha Duley July 11, 1901 for her nephew Donnie E. Lasley
Rewritten by Abbie Duley Lasley for her sister Sarah Duley Bline

Page 1

Family Record

William Duly was you great grand father his wife name was Mary Denbo I think they were booth of a Irish decent there were 11 children born to them 7 boys and 4 girls = they names were Samuel. John. Phillip. Robert. Thomas. Jimmy the poor fellowas an idiot. Samuel married Polly Tomson. Phillip married Marrien Pigg.  Robert married Nellie Brown.  Thomas died in infancy yes I forget William married Jane Brown = the girls was Sallie = Elizabeth = Nancy and Rachel = Elizabeth married a Wheeler = Sallie married James Carral = Nancy married Georg Wheeler = Rachel married Louis McDanal = John Duley your grandfather married Rebecca Poteet her father name was Job he was your great grandfather and he was a french man = John Duley and Rebecca Poteet was married July the 7 1825 = to them were born ten children four boys and six girls = Benjamin was the oldest = Mary Carline = and Alford Poteet = and William Henry = Rebecca Ann = John Rice = Francis Catherine = Sarah Elizabeth = Rhoda Albertine = Eliza Emmanaline = tjere were twins Alford died when he was 18 = all the others lived to rais familys of there own = Benjamin married Martha Rowe = Mary married Robert Denbo = William married Cathern Septer = Rebecca =

Page 2

married John Fravel = John R. married Mary Lasley = Catharine married James Deatrick = Sarah married Francis Bline = Abbie married Benjamin Lasley = Emma married Craven (?) Farish =
Bens Duley had 12 children = Wills had 11 = John R 8 = Mary 4 Rebecca 11 = Catherine 9 = Sarah 7 = Abbie 6 = Emma no children = I cant give the date of all there marriages = for I do not remember = they all married in Harrison Co Ind = only Will married in Posey Co Ind = and Abbie married in Illinois = they was all borned in Harrison Co Ind = Only Will he was borned in Kentucky John Duley / William Duley further lived in Kentucky when his son Will was born = your grand father Duley was borned in Kentucky so was your gran mother = this is about all I no of John Duleys family.  Samuel Duley died in November 1846 – a man by the name of Wm Heth Struck him and broke his scull and he had laid out all night and died from the effect of the wound poor fellow it was a sad blow to this family and friends all the rest of the family died a natural death = Sallie and Elizabeth died in Iowa = Nancy Rachel went west and we have no account of there deaths but of course they are dead. these are

Page 3

John Duleys sisters.  I cant tell how many children there was among your mother unkles and aunts for I do not no but there was a plenty and as far as I no they was all honorable = and hard working people nun of them was rich = but a great many of them was good and religious your gran father Duley and grand mother was booth members of the M E Church. and booth lived and died christians I never met a more devoted christian than your grandmother Duley.  and many times I have Seen and herd her shout the praises of her redeemer = I will now tell you what I know of your great grandmothers family her mothers maiden name was Mary Rice.  She was borned in Tennessee her father was well off and owned a lot of slaves.  She first married a Mr. Whitaker he died and left her with six children.  Three boys and three girls.  There names was John and Joseph and Rice and Rhoda and Nancy and Elizabeth = She went from Tennesse to Kentucky = and there  married Job Poteet = as I sed befor he was a frenchman there were five children born to them 3 girls 2 boys = there names were Alford and

Page 4

James and Polly and Elizina and Rebecca that was your grandmother name = Elizina died young and James got killed be a wagon upsetting on him when he was a boy.  when Mr Poteet died your great grandmother come to Ind. when it was a wilderness and she entered the land.  that is now kown as the gran father Duleys farm near here after sometime she married a man by the name of Eliasen Goodwin, he was a school teacher she lived wuiet a while with him = and he died = so the she married agan a man from Kentucky names McCaslin and they did not live agreeable = so the parted and in her old days she lived and died with her children now you see your great gran mother was a marring woman = she was a fine lady and her proffession was that of a Doctor.  She went far and near as long as she was able to wait on her patients she died at aunt Polley Kitermans on June the 24 1835 = age 65years 7 months and 13 days aunt Polley Kitterman lived on the old Isack Bline place at that time

Page 5

and Mrs McCaslin is buried in the field on that place where several of the family connection are also buried.  I never met her but I have been told.  She was most remarkable women of her time and a good women =
Family Records here are the dates and births
John Duley was born April the 19th 1802
Rebecca Duley his wife was born January the 9th 1808
There children Benjamin Duley was born May the 12th 1826
Mary C Duley was born March the 17th 1828
Alford P Duley was born October the 12th 1830
William H Duley was born May the 6th 1833
Rebecca A Duley was born May the 17th 1835
John R Duley was born January the 16th 1837
Francis C Duley was born May the 12th 1840
Sarah E Duley was born May the 30th 1843
Rhoda A Duley was born November the 28 1847
Eliza E Duley was born November the 28th 1847
John Duley and Rebecca Poteet was married July the 7th 1825.  I cant tell who married them for I never was told = Rebecca Duley wife of John Duley died March the 11th 1861: age 53 years 2 months and 2 days.  John Duley died July the 14th 1864 age 62 years 2 months and 25 days.  Alford Duley died September the 15th 1848 =

Page 6

age 18 years 11 months and 3 days.  Mary Duley mother of John Duley died December the 17th 1850 = William Duley father of John Duley died February the 5 1851 = booth wer age 75 years = Jimmy Duley brother of John Duley died April 1 1864 aged about 50 years he was a poor idiot but he said just before he died that he was going to heaven to shout glory hallejih with hid father and mother I think he seem angeles while dying = Dannie I have tried to tell you what I can remember about the conection I hope it may interest you I wish I new more = but I have told you all about the older ones and you no a good many of the younger ones = I never herd of any of them being hung or being in jail and I think to take them all together they are a pretty good set of people = all honest and many of them religious which is better than riches for a good name is more to be diserved than great riches = I believe there is doctors and lawyers and preachers = and teachers and a host of good folks among the family conection and if there are any bad ones lets look over them and think of the good ones = for I feel sure that

Page 7

when the last roal is called there will be a goodly number ready of our conection to enter in through the gates into the city of the new Jerusalem there we shal no them better than we do here = my prayer is that you and I may be one of the number =

Written for Donnie E Lasley
By his aunt Martha Duley
July the 11 1901

I wrote this off for you and your
[missing piece of page] written by Abbie Lasley
Sarah if you have this printed =
please send me one and tell me what it cost and I will send you the money for to pay you
From your loving sister
Abbie Lasley

Keep this it might be the instergation of some of your being made rich some day

Friday, August 17, 2012

Wedding bells and nuptial tales: Next FTF post is up!

My next post for Family Tree Firsts is up.  You can read it here.

I periodically succumb to being an emotional, weepy, and sentimental fool.  Yes, it does happen, and sometimes way too frequently for my tastes.  Just like how my husband can predict which movies and at what points I will break out the tissues.   Gah!  Needless to say I have a soft spot for weddings in my heart.

Even when I was in full tom-boy mode as a girl I would dream about my wedding day.  Planning all the details.  From the flowers, to my dress, to the cake, and by the time I hit middle school I knew what a wanted.  Did it happen that way?  No.  Did I want it too?  Ah, no.  A twenty-somethings tastes are dramatically different from that of a ten year old. 

However, that is how I noticed that there was something different about my family.  All my friends houses had wedding photos and albums, sometimes of multiple generations.  Mine didn't.  My grandmother's houses didn't either.  When I asked my dad's mom about it she pulled out the one wedding photo she had, her grandparents picture.  It is the one I have in the post.

She told me a lot of stories about them too.  Some fascinating and cool.  Some a bit sadder.  You see, when she was sixteen the oldest son of John Jr. came home.  Grandma eavesdropped on her mother, aunts, and uncles while they sat and talked to the man who was looking for his family.  They told him to leave town, and that no one really wanted to see him.  Their own nephew.  Can you imagine?
John and Mary in the
early 1930s
John Miller and Mary Neagle did have a good life together, however my grandmother learned that day that John never forgave his son for the predicament they were in.  He was not the kindest man to his eldest child, and from what this stranger said John Jr left when he was old enough and went to California.  There he was happy and raised a family.  Here his son had come all the way home to Indiana to meet the family he and his siblings didn't know.  Grandma said he never came back, but she was not sure that they ever really went to California either. 

In fact, I am not sure he left either.  I have found some records that point to him just moving a couple counties over and marrying a girl from the same town he was from.  A mystery to solve.

John and Mary (both born in 1866) had 10 children:
John Jr: 12 July 1884 to ?
Elnora Miller: 20 December 1889 to 1 April 1891
August Miller: 3 October 1891 to 31 December 1974 married Stella Butler
Albert Miller: 23 July 1893 to 9 February 1954  married Bessie McCraney
Theodore Miller:  29 July 1894 to 12 July 1904 
Agnes Miller:  2 September 1897 to 12 May 1977  married Timothy Brennan
Frederick Miller:  13 November 1899 to ?  married Sophia Whetstone
Joseph J Miller:  26 February 1902 to 17 September 1945  married Rosa Porter
Amelia V Miller: 28 March 1904 to31 March 1984  married Cornelius Colbert
Mary F Miller:  5 April 1907 to 24 July 1983  married Thomas Jordan

John died in 1935 and his wife Mary in 1934 at Washington, Daviess County, Indiana.

My life: William Brennan

One of the treasures my aunt has sent me was a photocopy of a page from a journal written by my 2nd great grandfather William Maurice Brennan.  It has been a mission of mine to find his parents and locate the family homeland in County Galloway, Ireland.  This page has given me a few more clues to places to look for research. 

Washington Ind Oct. 7th 1918

William Morris Brennan first saw the light of day in the City of Nashville Tenn. In the year of Our Lord 1860 born of Irish parents.  Fathers name John Brennan Mothers name Bridget Gerahty Brennan they were both born in the County of Gollway Ireland.  Our family consisted of two boys and one girl. My brother Tim was born in the City of Baltimore Md. in the year 1858 William was born in the City of Nashville Tenn in the year 1860 and Sister Mary was born in the City of Madison Ind. in the year of Our Lord 1862.  Our Mother died in 1862 and was buried at North Madison Ind.  After our mothers death the two boys were sent to the orphante home at Highland Vincennes Ind and sister was sent to the Orphants home for the girls with the Sisters of Providence at Vincennes Ind.  We never saw our father after that.  But we heard from our Uncle TH Brennan in Kansas City Mo. that he was killed while working for the Kansas City Ft. Scott and Gulf R.R. in Kansas City Mo in 1875.  When brother Tim was ten years of age at the orphants home he was placed out.  Was sent to Uncle John McGovern on a farm about 5 miles south of Loogootee Ind and about half a mile from Whitfield Church.  In the year 1872 I followed brother Tim to the McGovern farm where we both remained until Aunt Ellens Death in the year 1879.  After her death Our home was broken up.  Tim went to Chicago Ill to seek his Fortune while I went to an ajoining farm and worked for Michel Doweny one year this was 1880.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

It's like Christmas, the easter bunny, and my birthday all rolled up into one!

Yes, that has been my house this week.  I have finally mastered the art of calling/writing to county court houses and archives across the county. My gumption to finally do so, and swallow my nerves, has paid off. Letters started to arrive on Tuesday and it has been amazing.

Not all of them have been good.  Some are letters informing me that no records were found, but others have been full of goodies.  Best of all was the envelope from my aunt.  It had newspaper clippings, photocopies of two letters, and a journal entry written in the early 1900s.

The journal entry was from my 2nd great grandfather William Brennan, and was him writing his own life story up to 1880.  I only have the one page, and now I wonder where the rest of it is!  There is a letter written by an aunt I am unfamiliar with telling the story of the Duley family.  William Brennan's wife was Mary Frances Bline, her mother was Sarah Elizabeth Duley.  The last letter was an account of Sarah Elizabeth Duley Bline's sisters coming to visit in 1901.  nearly 10 pages of accounts about life around the town , who they ate with, where they stayed, what they did each day, and so forth. 

Typing of said documents will commence soon....

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The next FTU Virtual Conference is right around the corner

Did you know that in a month Family Tree University will be having its next virtual conference?  I am already signed up and ready to go... so to speak. 

The last one was amazing, and I learned so much.  If you are not sure what a virtual conference is check out Kerry Scott's blog post over at Cluewagon.  She says it all!

Best of all, Family Tree is giving away a free registration.  Go check out the details and enter to win!!

*Disclosure:  Family Tree University did not ask me to write this as their Family Tree Firsts blogger, I just can't pass up sharing a great thing.  However, I do get free admittance to this event as their blogger.

Article that made my day!

This morning I found the following article teasing me from Facebook.  A friend had sent it to me because she said it reminded her of me... what is she trying to say?  That from a thousand miles away she knows that I would do something like this?  Well... she's right.

Up a Family Tree, by Leslie Larson will probably remind you of you too.  Goodness knows I think my husband will attest that I was like her (and probably still show the same traits on occasion) when I first started tracking down my family.

So, pick up a favorite reading drink (Earl Grey for me) and cuddle up with your computer for a few minutes of laughter.

Image from the Library of Congress

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

NARA has You Tube videos

Did you know this?  I knew there were videos online but I didn't know that there was a full You Tube channel on how to use the archives.  Check out this press release from July 30th.

According to their website:

"The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal Government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. The “Know Your Records Program” offers opportunities for staff, volunteers, and researchers to learn about these records through lectures, ongoing genealogy programs, workshops, symposia, the annual genealogy fair, an online genealogy tutorialPowerPoint icon, reference reports for genealogical research, and editions of Researcher News for Washington, DC, area researchers."

So go and check them out!

Image from the Library of Congress

Monday, August 13, 2012

Finds in the 1940 Census: the next family tree firsts post!

Pittard siblings photoMy next post at Family Tree Firsts is up, and you can read it here.

It was been a real hoot at times reading through all the answers on the 1940 US Census concerning my family.  To see where they were living, what they were doing, and who was in their community.  I knew many of the people who are listed, which makes it even that much more... awesome.

Unfortunately, it also  makes me miss those that I have lost that much more.  What I wouldn't give to talk to them about this census.  All those questions about who their neighbors were, what it was like then, and so much more. 

It is killing me that I have to wait 20 years to do this and see my mom.  20 years after that I and my husband will be in the Census results.  30 years after that my kids.  Wow... I guess I better start passing the torch now.  I would be over 100 to see my kids.  Possible, yes.  Likely, not so much.

Back of the image shown above
The family in the picture is my mother-in-laws grandmother and her siblings.  Elizabeth Pittard Mills is the oldest, and picture in the middle with the black dress and white collar.  She was born in Martock, Sommerset, England, on the border of Wales.  she grew up in Llwynypia, Glamorgan, Wales where her father worked in the coal mines. In 1882 she immigrated to the US with her father, step-mother (who was also her aunt), full sister, and 2 half siblings.  The rest of the 10 children were born in New York. 

Week 33 of Abundant Genealogy

Week 33: Ancestor Legend. What is your favorite ancestral legend or family lore? Who originally told the story and what was the claim? Have you been able to prove the story true or false? What steps did you take to do so?

In past posts I have talked about several family legends, but I admit that my favorite one is still that we are descendants of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins of the Mayflower.  Yeah, corny I know, but you have to admit being bombarded with pilgrim stuff every year in school makes connections like that seem extra cool.  Yes, I do know now the correct history (and living in Virginia, that Jamestown was first) but you have to admit that there is nothing like saying you have roots to early Colonial America.

My Grandma Combs told me the story over and over as a child.  She even read me the poem about them where Priscilla says "Speak for thyself John."  My grandfather's great aunt was the family historian.  Eliza Jane had a family bible that belonged to my 3rd great grandmother, Mary Jane Hayden Combs.  The Hayden's are the ones that carried the line down to us from the Mayflower according to her stories.  The bible had a complete lineage of the Hayden, and now Combs, family through to her generation.  I would give anything to be able to find this bible.

Well, on a lark I sent in a proposed lineage to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.  You know what?  It is looking more and more like this story is actually true.  They have a confirmed lineage through my 4th great grandparents, Mary Jane's parents, Noah Gilpin Hayden and Unity Patterson. The society is confident through his parents, would like a bit more on Noah G. and his wife, and then the rest of the lineage to now.

Currently this is a project that I am working on, and at the same time I can apply for the DAR as Noah's grandfather is an accepted patriot in their database.  That makes this family line doubly exciting to me.

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Week 32 of Abundant Genealogy

Week 32: Family Memories. Records are the backbone of genealogy, but memories are the glue that hold our history together. For which memory of a loved one are you most thankful? Describe that moment in time, answering the who/what/when/where in the details. How did this memory impact your life and the way you approach family?

Not all memories are happy ones, but those that stick with you usually have a resounding message to them.  I like to talk about the spice of life, the stuff that makes you real and gives a person depth, emotion, life, character, whatever you want to call it.  A memory that I am most thankful for is a not a happy memory, but a lesson in feelings.

When I was 11, I broke the growth plate in my right ankle.  I was being a dumb kid, you know, acting like an 11 year old.  My joints have always been weak I guess you could say.  Literally, I can trip on a line painted on the floor and twist my ankle just walking down the hallway of my house.  This particular summer day my Grandmother Arvin had gone to get her hair done.  She went every two weeks to Trudy, her beautician for many years. 

Trudy worked out of her home, and had two boys just a few years older than me.  We had been playing together every summer for years, and this was no different.  This year I brought a friend home from Maryland with me, Natalia.  Trudy's boys and us were having a fine time exploring the woods, running amok, and eventually ending up jumping on the trampoline.  We did tricks, and jumped, and did lots of daring tricks.  Now, when I twisted the right ankle I should have had enough sense to stop.  When I twisted the other ankle, I really should have had enough brains to sit down and not keep bouncing... but it was so much fun!  What did I do?  I started bouncing, one legged, on the right foot... and snap. 

Well the others ran down to get my grandmother, who's hair had just be taken out of rollers thankfully or I am sure she would have driven around the rest of the day with them in.  In the car I get bundled and away we go.  As a dependant of an active duty soldier we go to the nearest military base for treatment, Crane.  They took x-rays, splinted it, and sent me 2 hours south to an orthopedist.  The most heart wrenching moment for me was when they had to cut the jelly bracelets I was collecting off of my ankle.

You are probably thinking that the lesson is to know you limits right?  Well, to be honest, it was what happened next, and by an older relative, that made the biggest impact on me.

We had to go past my grandmothers house on our way to Jasper so grandma called her brother and his wife to come with us.  Once a week we would have dinner with them in Jasper, so we might as well kill two birds with one stone.  At the house, Gordon and Betty came over to help get me comfortable in the car, while grandma goes in with Natalia and gets a pillow plus a few other things. 

Now, Uncle Gordon was usually a very nice man.  However, the lecture he gave me, while I was alone in the car, still makes me angry to this day.  I was lectured on being a selfish, stupid, self-involved girl who had no thoughts or cares for anyone but herself. If I was a normal girl I wouldn't be off running around the woods and acting like a boy.  I was a horrible grand-daughter for doing this to his sister and he hopes that I am in a lot of pain to teach me a lesson.

It took me almost 15 years before I told anyone what was said to me that day.  Did his message sink in?  Yes.  For a long time I doubted myself and the love my grandmother had for me.  I tried extra hard to be a perfect grand-child.  However, in the end, what I learned was a lesson about how words said in anger, frustration, or high emotion can be hurtful and unwarranted.  It was a lesson in controlling myself, my anger, my frustration, and my words... because words are powerful.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

So many lines... not enough space: Next FTF post is up!

The Family GroupMy next post for Family Tree Firsts is up.  You can read it here.

I hope that many of you can relate and that I am not the only person who has ever struggled with this dilemma.  Of course's new leaf system (where hints will pop up for collateral lines) is not helping me at all.  For those that don't know, they now give you hints for collateral ancestors on your tree.  This is REALLY cool and all but leads to the question again... when do you stop?!

Of course, my friend Elizabeth shared her point of view on the post.  Thanks!  Elizabeth is my go-to person for genealogy.  She helped me get started, is a sounding board for problems, listens to me prattle on about stuff, and all those other things friends do.  She is also a librarian who appreciates good source documentation and facts as much as I do.   Once again, perhaps I should have gone into Library Science.

Oh, and the picture, I thought it was funny.  All the different personality types in one family show through.  This artist really captured the essence of the family, and every time I look at it, it makes me giggle a little bit. 

Image from the Library of Congress

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Make sure to check out libraries along your trip!

On Monday and Tuesday I found myself down in the Williamsburg, VA area for the second time this summer.  Proud mama time: my oldest volunteered to participate in filming for an educational video through the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.  So... the two boys and I packed up the truck and made the 2 hour drive down there again.  Not that I am complaining, I love the area, but I did have to find something to do with myself, and the youngest, for 2 hot July days. 

Sunday night at the hotel I searched the internet for local area genealogy collections.  Last time we were in the area we spent a few extra days with my hubby (had to work in the area) and I was able to spend a few hours at another genealogy library in Norfolk, VA.  You can read that post here.  My sights this time closed in on one: The John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library.  This library focuses on Colonial British America, the American Revolution, and the early United States.  In addition it has a large section on Virginia history with many resources for each county. 

I only had a few hours in the mornings before I had to pick up my son, so I tried to make the most out of my visit.  Lots of areas to cover... hard to choose just one or two things to look for and not overwhelm myself.  My biggest success: finding the commission record for James Drake, my mother's 5th great grandfather who was made a 2nd Lt in the Virginia Militia. He was also a Methodist Minister.

Best part of the day:  when the librarian told me they do inter-library loans...

Image from flickr

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Week 31 of Abundant Genealogy

Week 31: Cousins. One of the best experiences in family history is meeting with new cousins found through your research. Tell us about your favorite cousin meet-up. How did you discover each other? Where did you meet? What type of information was exchanged and how did it benefit your research?

This past year has been an amazing whirlwind of cousins, not only on my side of the family but my husband's too.  They have been helpful, fun, informative, and very excited to make another familial connection! 

All of my connections have been online, none in person, yet.  They live all over the country, but, alas, no one from a far off destination... yet.  To pick just one encounter is proving very difficult.  Why must I pick just one?!  How about my very first new-to-me cousin meeting?

She has been a helpful link, and working partner, on my Combs family line.  We have the same 2nd great-grandfather, which means we are working our way back past the same roadblocks.  She found me on right after I put up my very first tree.  There are very few trees out there who have our Combs family ancestors, and she took a chance in contacting me.  I have loved receiving the family pictures she has sent me, and I could hear the excitement in the typing when I sent her NARA records.

Each new cousin encounter makes me giddy all over again.  Here is another person I have a connection with... how are we going to help each other?!

Image from the Library of Congress