Every summer, we headed to Arkansas to see Grandma, Grandpa, and the extended family. There were so many fascinating things to occupy a child’s mind: Strip-pits for swimming, long walks down dusty roads, and lightening bug jewelry. Now, the grandkids get together and ask, "Do you remember?" Some of the bits and pieces that come back: Grandpa carrying a revolver to the Coal Miner’s Union meetings; dishes that came on the ship from Germany with his grandmother; the mule that tore the front porch off the house. That’s all, just bits and pieces.
It seems like every week I discover a new research database that helps me with conducting better and more thorough genealogy searches. One of my favorites is the National Park Service’s Soldiers and Sailors Database. Compiled using thousands of Civil War records, the Park Service indexed the names of participants who served during the American Civil War. A successful search will list the ancestor’s name and their service record, along with a detail of the action seen by their units.
During our Ancestry Day event this spring, we had a member of the Lincoln-Lancaster Genealogical Society visit here. She noted that we had issues of their society newsletter on our current shelf, but they weren’t the most current. So she asked me about it, and we discovered that the society had gone to digital copies for members and were no longer sending the hard copy issues.
While it was not a happy occasion (the passing of my granny), it was so amazing to be able to take a trip into the past of my ancestors. My grandmother, Mildred Varney, was born and raised on Meathouse Hollow (pronounced holler), the fork of Big Creek, in Pike County, Kentucky. Pike County, I learned, was the home of the famous feuding families, the Hatfields vs. the McCoys! In fact, there are McCoys in my family tree, some ways back. Wow!
August 10th is the 192nd anniversary of statehood for Missouri. Missouri became a territory on June 4, 1812. As the population increased by 1817 to 40,000, petitions, or Memorials for Statehood, were sent out. John Scott, the Missouri territorial delegate, presented Congress with the petition in January 1818. It was sent to committee but not acted on.
A few years ago, I came across this photo in my mother’s files. It is a wonderful group shot of the McIntire sons of Los Angeles, their mother, wives, and some of their children, including my mother. I believe this was taken in about 1934, since my mother appears to be about 4 years old.
Everyone likes to share, especially when it comes to genealogy. We spend our time researching, and when we finally find a long lost ancestor, we want to share that with the world. FamilySearch has a new tool available on their website that can help genealogists share their information as well as connect with family working on the same lines. The new tool is called Family Tree, and it is free and now available to the public.
The United States Daughters of 1812 are looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Membership Workshop. Last year, four new members were inducted! The local James Kearney Chapter of the USD 1812 will be holding this workshop at the Midwest Genealogy Center on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. The main focus of this workshop is finding the evidence necessary for membership.