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.  

Friday, June 26, 2015

Medical Terms through the Ages

We all have that term we write down from the death certificate and think dear heavens what is this..well mine was Brain fever and it was written on the death certificate. I was thinking maybe it could be they died of a really high fever. No, that was not it. It meant something else. Brain fever is actually – see meningitis, typhus.

Often times we google these terms and come up with many different sites and think should we use this one or that one. Well so far I have used Genealogy Quest with all the people I have terms for and it is more then just terms to just look up they are actually interesting to read.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My Heritage

Today I got an amazing call. I was not expecting one just a normal day. I answered my phone and it was customer service for MyHeritage and I was thinking how odd for them to call me, maybe something is wrong with my account. No, nothing was wrong with my account they were calling to let me know since I had changed some things my account was good and wanted to let me know if I needed anything to email them with questions or call them.  I thought how awesome!! It is not everyday someone calls and lets you know you are appreciated. So thank you MyHeritage for making my day!

Yes, I am going to recommend you to others to add their tree to your site just because you made me feel special.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ancestor's footsteps

My friends are out to make history and memories in Oklahoma. Walking in their Ancestor's footsteps by making a Pioneer Trek. This actually sounds fun. My friends are going to be the Ma & Pa for eight teenager's. Memories are going to be made along the way. I can't wait to hear about the fun they had in four days.

I know it isn't anything what happened in the middle of 1850's but how fun to imagine the things your great great x5 grandparents did at that time. Also to wear the clothes your ancestors did at this time. I think I am more excited to tell about what you are doing then anyone!!

Have fun my friends and hope to hear fun stories! 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Today is Flag Day

Today is Flag Day. What does that mean to you?

This day started back in 1885 by a man named BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher in Fredonia, Wisconsin. 

Observance of the Flag is the week of June 14th and this is called "National Flag Week".

Here is something I didn't know (The National Flag Day Foundation holds an annual observance for Flag Day on the second Sunday in June. The program includes a ceremonial raising of the national flag, the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of the national anthem, a parade and more.)

I will be flying my flag this morning.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tuesday Tips-Multiple Photos

Oh you know you take a million photos when you are out and about walking the cemetery looking for that relative you have been searching for and you stumble upon someone you think you might be related to or think "hey I think I have heard that name before".

If you are like most of us you have a smart phone and have 700-1,000 photos on your phone and wonder where you can get these photos downloaded or printed.  Well for the past two years I have been using Groovebook to download mine.
So if you use this coupon you could get a free book and "Free is good right"? 
The photos are of good quality and are perforated and come with the date and time you take the photo. You get 100 photos, 4.5" x 6.5" photobook a monthYour first book is free with this coupon and after that it is $2.99. I think this is a great deal.
I usually tear mine out and give them to family members.  Most of mine go to our Genealogical Society as well.  

Monday, June 8, 2015

Motivation Monday--Time is all I have

It is Monday, and I have been making a small dent in my collection of papers..I have decided to make a book for both of my children in my own handwriting with family group sheets. and a Pedigree Chart.
I am sure we all have a place that looks like this but won't show it. Or is it just me?  

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Friends we meet on our journey of life

Last night a good friend passed away. I know I haven't actually seen him since I graduated from the junior college I went to, but I did keep in contact with him. When I first met him I was shy and didn't say much to anyone. I looked up to him. I went to him and talked to him about everything and he kept it a secret. I am sure he heard everything in the world from everyone. He was like everyone's dad/friend when our's were not there. If that makes any sense at all.
I remember one time we were coming back from Colorado and when I turned around in my seat to look out the window you were on the same road we were on coming home. You smiled and waved at me. This made my day cause I thought what a small world because it could have been anyone but it was someone I actually knew on the same road. I am glad I got to meet you in my life. I will see you again my friend. Until then rest well.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday-Ellison Springs

This is the entrance to the Cemetery.
The sign one will see when walking into the cemetery
Found by the gate
One Fall Day in 2014 I decided it was time to take a drive down through Ellison Springs, TX. It was November this was hunting season. If you know anything about hunting in Texas you know it is an all day affair. Well I was on a mission to find some relatives and I am not a hunter and I thought my relatives were located in this field. So first I drove on this dirt road up to this house and my mother and I got out and this lady told us the cemetery was out in the middle of this field but there were deer hunters still out there. having no fear I drove my blue ford focus out in this field and finally found the cemetery.

A little history before you get to these pictures. There was a fight called the Ellison Spring Indian Fight. 

This is where my great great great grandfather (Samuel Gilbert) and his brother (Singleton Gilbert) fought. My great x3 Samuel Gilbert was wounded and later died (I have yet to find him).  The Ellison's married the Gilbert's and then married the Keith family and they are all buried in this cemetery.   There is even some McGough's married to some Ellison's. So it gets tricky. I thought I hit a goldmine.

This is located on the hwy not even close to the cemetery.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day--Reflecting

This isn't going to be your normal Memorial Day post as I was sitting here thinking about all the posts I kept seeing on Facebook this past weekend. Let's not forget who gave their life so we could have the freedom to worship him. Our motto for our country is "God Bless America" and that is why God is important in our country.

Wars have been fought ever since then and many have died fighting for what they have believed in was right. "Freedom" 

My husband's family had two family members who fought & died in WWII.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Society Saturday

For our May meeting at Amarillo Genealogical Society we had Ann Carson, and she introduced us to : Far East Meets Near West: Asian Pioneers of the Texas Panhandle 1874-1930 (Written as part of her Master of Arts in history in 2010).

This was informative about the many Asian Pioneers in the Texas Panhandle as our land is barren and not many people came out here in 1874.