Notes from the past…

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I have been tagged!

Lidian of The Virtual Dime Museum has tagged me for a meme. I have never done a meme before, but it sounds like great fun, so here goes…
Question 1: What issues/topic interests you most–non-fiction, i.e,cooking, knitting, stitching, there are infinite topics that has nothing to do with novels?
American history, especially the Civil War period, is absolutely fascinating to me. I have always been a history nut, but back in the fall of 1990, I was channel surfing one night and landed on the local PBS station. The Civil War, by Ken Burns, was on. After about 2 minutes of watching that one program, I was hopelessly hooked! Those black and white images by Mathew Brady, combined with the actual music of the period, and David McCullough’s voice, wow…indescribable! I guess that’s why I’m so into genealogy: it’s all history, after all. I can’t get enough of it! So basically, I love to read anything American History.
I also love biographies. I read anything I can find about Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Robert E. Lee.
And this freaks my kids out, but I also love true crime books, especially those about sociopaths. I just wanna know what’s going on in their heads, why they do the things they do.
Question 2:
Would you like to review books concerning those?
I suppose… I’ve never really thought about it. I read a book because it’s interesting to me. That doesn’t mean that another person would like the same book that I like.
Question 3:
Would you like to be paid or do it as interest or hobby? Tell reasons for what ever you choose.
Definitely just as an interest or hobby. For one thing, I don’t write that well. I mean, I can write a coherent sentence, with correct grammar and spelling, but I don’t have the gift of being able to write. I would love to be a writer, but if ya ain’t got it, ya ain’t got it! I think it is something you’re born with, like art or singing. Also, I like what I like, but that doesn’t mean everyone else will like the same thing.
Question 4:
Would you recommend those to your friends and how?
Yes, for people with the same interests as me. My youngest daughter is studying criminal science at college, so she has recently gotten interested in some of the same true crime books that I have read, because of her studies. Kinda nice to be able to talk about something with another person who is also interested. As for genealogy, neither of my girls could care less! They are just not interested. My oldest daughter has helped me from time to time on the technical aspects (she’s a computer whiz!), and I think she humors me occasionally when I really start babbling about a new research find, but that’s about it.
Question 5:
If you have already done something like this, link it to your post.
Nope, something for the future, maybe…

Now I gotta tag 10 people: I think the folks I would want to tag have already been tagged and I don’t want to be a pest…

Thanks Lidian, this has been a bunch of fun! Now, I gotta get back to work on my time line… :)


A Timeline

It has become apparent to me that, in order to more fully comprehend and appreciate the experiences of my 2nd great-grandfather, Nathan Blunt Kennedy, MD, during the Civil War period, that I need to create a time line, based upon the documents from his Civil War military service file. This file is composed of copies of pay vouchers, supply requisitions, a request for a medical leave, transfer orders, requisitions for fodder for his horse, even his “Parole of Honor” from May 1865. Important dates and locations, even finances and health. To create a time line will be to recreate his life between Oct 1862, the date of the earliest document, and May 1865, the time of the end of the Civil War and Dr Kennedy’s return to civilian life. As there are over 30 documents in the file, this time line will detail an almost week by week reconstruction of the events in one man’s life from over 140 years ago!
After a lot of hunting, I have finally found a free, online time line application, xtimeline, that has a lot of potential. It is still in beta, but produces an excellent time line, complete with images and details of each event, that can even by embedded into a blog or website.
My next task(s) is to scan every document included in Dr. Kennedy’s NARA file, edit them as needed with Paint Shop Pro, arrange them into chronological order and rename them appropriately, then upload all to my shoebox at, to be selected for inclusion in the good doctor’s story page. Wish me luck!