Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Son of a Gun

I have been busy interviewing my grandma on my dad's side and listening is fun especially when grandparents remember every detail. I went to this website and found some wonderful questions to get started in my quest to get to know my grandma a little more. I also found out she had a recipe in which I had only seen in a museum not to far from where I live. The recipe is called Son of a Gun Stew.



Monday, August 17, 2015

Cowboy Poetry

I was reading in the Ranch Record which is located in Lubbock, TX from the Ranching Heritage Association. They had a familiar poem "Home on the Range" which I always thought had the words "home on the range in it". Not the case.

Just like everything you have to research and find out:  Dr. Brewster M. Higley (1823-1911) of Smith County, Kansas wrote the lyrics to Home on the Range in a poem entitled "My Western Home" in the early 1870's.  The music was written by a friend of Higley's, Daniel E. Kelley (1845-1905). The original song did not contain 'on the range'. During the 20th Century a Texas composer David W. Guion (1892-1981) who is occasionally credited as the composer. On June 30, 1947 in Kansas it was adopted as the state song. 

Now you have the rest of the story all from a article in a magazine. :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Pinning & Webinar

Pinterest is amazing. I have had it for over three years. I use it for hoarding. If I put all my stuff I had on my pinterest board in my house we would be seeing me on "hoarders" literally.

Two nights ago I watched a Webinar with Thomas MacEntee which was awesome about Pinning. I learned how to scan your genealogy information and pin it correctly so others can view it. I will also be making a Board for this blog. So be on the look out for some Powdered Donuts & a good game of Yahtzee!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Teaching Evolution in 1925

Back in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee there was a "Monkey Trial" which took place on this day for a teacher who was in violation of teaching Evolution.

Wow. Times were different back then. Evolution is now taught for creative thinking. 


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

My great great grandfather W.E. (Eddie) Downs (sitting in the chair) Lillie Axley (his wife standing behind him). The little boy in his lap is my great grandfather Jesse Donason Downs (he died when he was forty years old).  The little girl standing beside him is his sister Myrtle Downs. The tall woman standing behind him is Theoria Axley (Lillie's Sister). 

A few years after my Poppa passed away I wanted to know about his grandparents, so I went on rootsweb and ancestry. I found his cousins in Childress & Paducah, TX. This is where this picture came from. More cousins started to make contact from other places and I actually met them. I have traveled to many places I never thought I ever would and met people who look just like those who I am closely related too. 

and it all started with a photo..

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fourth of July Celebration

Last year we took an amazing trip to Mount Rushmore.  This was educating and historical just because it was a living history fourth of July celebration.



The Declaration of Independence approved and signed  239th Anniversary is today.
I remember having to memorize the first part of the Declaration of Independence when I was in seventh grade. Hope you have a Happy fourth of July!



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday Finds

"Who Do You Think You Are?" returns Sunday, July 26 at 9/8c this time I am so going to watch this series.  

I just got through reading this book on the Kindle The ABCs of Gravestone Symbols:  Every Gravestone Tells a Story and within this book there is a website that lists gravestones symbols & their meanings. There is also a photo of the symbols. This book was great as it will help me next time I go looking through cemeteries.

Another book I started reading is 500 Best Genealogy & Family History Tips by Thomas MacEntee great resources in this book I am recommending this one. 

My favorite book Gone with the Wind was published today, June 30, 1936. I own a VHS, DVD and the book. When the movie came back out this past summer I took my nanny who saw the movie when it first came out.