Notes from the past…

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The Texas Governor's Mansion

The remains of the Texas Governor’s Mansion after Sunday’s fire:

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram,

“(Gov. Rick) Perry’s office has expressed strong interest in rebuilding the 152-year-old landmark, which has been home to Texas governor’s from Sam Houston to George W. Bush.

In addition to a sprinkler system, the renovation project, first estimated at $10 million, was to include new plumbing, lead paint abatement and restored windows and shutters. It was to have been completed by next spring.

Inside, all furniture and relics had been removed, paint and wallpaper had been stripped from the interior walls and experts had begun efforts to preserve the home’s ornate crown molding. Massive plumbing repairs inside the house had not been completed.”

Thankfully the important stuff, mainly people and relics, where not home at the time of the blaze!

For more images: Governor’s Mansion- Interior Damage.

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I learned something today

In reading Ken’s post about a couple of ancestors that he found in the Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 database at FamilySearch Record Search, I learned that requests for grave and headstone photographs can be made at Find A Grave. I have been to this site a few times, and have found a few folks that I was researching as a RAOGK volunteer, but I have not found any of my own ancestors at Find A Grave. But Ken has inspired me to join Find A Grave and contribute some of my cemetery photos to their database. Another way to volunteer! I have also agreed to take tombstone photos in my area. What fun, as I just relish exploring old (and new!) cemeteries!

In fact, Chatt-Jessie Cemetery in Hill County, Texas, the location of several of my Turner family’s graves, was not even in Find A Grave’s database…until now!