Notes from the past…


It’s Happy Dance time!

May I introduce my second great-grandparents, Dr Nathan Blunt Kennedy and Susan William Lee Martin Kennedy!

A few weeks ago, my cousin Susan gave me some old photos scanned onto a disc, that she was using for a family project. Several of the images I already had, but there were also several that I had never seen before. This was one of the new ones. I have been studying this ever since and have been hoping against hope that it might be Dr Kennedy! I had sent a message to Susan and she was trying to find out from her mom (my Aunt Kathy) if she knew who these folks were, as Kathy has the original images.

Well, when I got home from work this evening, there was an email from Susan, and…


This photo is Nathan Kennedy and his wife (my namesake), Susan William Lee Kennedy.  Are you doing a happy dance yet???  LOL!”

I AM SO EXCITED!!! I am going to print this image out full-size and find a very special frame for it! It is such an amazing shot! Even the veins in the good doctor’s hand are visible! Dr Kennedy was born in 1837, and he looks to be no more than 40 years old in this image, probably younger. Dr Kennedy and his family moved to Hillsboro, Texas in about the spring of 1871, so this image must have been taken very near to that time period, soon after arriving in Texas.

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Only 42-120 calendar days to go…

Until the Civil War Union Pension File for Isaac Turner arrives!

My economic stimulus check arrived a couple of days ago, so after I paid a few other bills (my laptop is paid off!), I ordered my second great-grandfather’s file this morningI I can hardly wait! When I ordered the files for N B Kennedy a couple of years ago, I think it only took 2-3 weeks. I was really surprised that the documents arrived so quickly! I am excited!

I have also been uploading Descendant Reports for my main surnames to the Surnames page. As I go through my database and update each family, I’ll add Family Group sheets for each surname.

This morning I backed up my database to my external hard drive. I had planned to do this weekly, but, oops, it’s been a month! Shame, shame! I also backed up some other important files, including my pictures. It’s amazing how many photos of Hannah Montana/Miley Cirus that my granddaughter manages to download to my hard drive! I deleted the whole bunch a few weeks ago, because she’s sucking up all of my hard drive space (not really, but it seems like it!), and now there are more. So I moved them all off to separate location, ‘cuz I’m not even gonna waste my external drive for teeny-bopping! :)