Notes from the past…


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General Grant has returned!

At least a 10 x 16 ft portrait of the General and his staff has returned… to the National Portrait Gallery! The massive work has been in storage while the building underwent a 6-year-long renovation, and was recently returned to a new place of honor at the Gallery:

Grant and His Generals by Ole Peter Hansen Balling, oil on canvas, 1865, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Mrs. Harry Newton Blue in memory of her husband, Harry Newton Blue.


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I have borrowed a page from the notebook of Randy

Seaver, that is. On his Geneaholic blog, Randy documents his genealogy activities each day.

I have decided to try something similar in hopes of keeping myself focused! Lately it seems most of my genealogy activies are centered around my Google Reader and Facebook page. Maybe it’s just too hot to do anything else (predicted to be 106 in Ft Worth today!).

Anyway, I set up a separate WordPress blog to document my daily research…not so much the particular surname or event, but that I did something in the name of research!

Thanks for your lead, Randy!


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I am a BFF!

Thanks so much to Terry of Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi for selecting me for a Best Friends Forever award! I am honored and excited!


To accept this award I must also pass it on. The rules are:

  • 1. Only five people are allowed to receive the award.
  • 2. Four of them must be followers of your blog.
  • 3. One has to be new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
  • 4. You must link back to whoever gave you the award.

Therefore, I am passing the Best Friends Forever award to :

Lidian of The Virtual Dime Museum (I’ve never been to New York City and I don’t know of any ancestors from there, but from reading Lidian’s posts, I sure wish I had! Also, New York is about as far away from Texas as you can get… :) )

Val of One Point in Time (I love to read other WordPress blogs, and Val’s is filled with really great “everything genealogy”!)

Elyse of Elyse’s Genealogy Blog (It is so exciting to see a young person interested in genealogy! Have you seen her family history videos on YouTube? They are excellent! Keep up the great work, Elyse!)

Janet of The Chart Chick (one of my favorite “techi” blogs, Janet always has some great advice for the technology-challenged among us!)

Ken of Beyond Fiction (A fellow Texan and WordPress blogger, Ken’s often humorous look at the world of genealogy and especially his Texas roots makes for a great read!)