There are several definitions of the word “Memoir.” “Autobiography” is one of those definitions for memoir. Usually when you hear someone wrote their autobiography, you might think that the person writing it was someone noteworthy, like a famous author, politician, scientist, etc. That brings us to the second definition for memoir—meaning “an account of something […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Part of the “process” of getting back to the basics* is to determine what I actually have on my shelves. I watched a Legacy Tree Webinar presented by Shannon Combs-Bennett on January 11, 2017 titled “Tips and Tricks to Organizing Your Genealogy” and this was one of the Tips. So I decided to take it to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This Sunday is the 15th anniversary of 911. This to me, is the most defining moment in our United States history post WWII, and is comparable to Pearl Harbor leading up to WWII. Pearl Harbor is one of those defining events that I only can read about, as I was not born until the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
When I was in high school, I struggled with American History. I am not a poor student and when I enjoy a subject I usually am a straight “A” student. I was lucky to maintain a “D” average in history. Why? Because history, taught to me then, was a list of memorized facts and dates. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Over the years I have collected several books about family history. Most are worth having and one is not worth the money, let alone of being of any use for genealogy research. Swisher Books that I have in my personal collection (by date): “The Swisher Family of Harrison and Lewis Counties West Virginia” by Robert […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
A few months ago, an individual approached me, asking if I had done my DNA. I indicated I wanted to but was not ready to put up the money needed. That individual, actually offered to pay for me to do so. (See my DNA guidelines about allowing others to pay for your DNA.) After negotiating […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I grew up in the middle of Kansas. It is often said that Kansas is flat as a pancake. Not so! Western Kansas is flat as a pancake. That has been proven by a scientific survey, at least according to a TV show about food facts. In that survey they compared the surfaces of Kansas […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
I have heard tall tales in my life. Many of which involve the big fish that got away. But for those farmers out there, I think the following article tops them all. I found this in “The Salina Journal”, dated May 10, 1883, in a section about “Gypsum Creek Gleanings”. Gypsum Creek being the creek […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Question: Do you (or your parents) have any memorabilia from when you were a baby? (ie. baby book, lock of hair, first shoes etc.)
Answer: My mother had a baby book, called the “Log-of-Life” for both my sister and me, one of those commercial ones with the padded cover that has my baby footprints and hand prints in it. It also had a “birth Certificate” issued by the hospital, and signed by the doctor who delivered me. It even has a page signed by the attending RN that lists ALL of my measurements, not just height and weight, but includes 16 different measurements, like circumference of my ankle, etc. And yes it does have a lock of my hair.