Ruth's Genealogy

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”

Ok, Terry, you asked:

Why genealogy? What unseen force compels me to spend hour after late-night hour trying to decipher census enumeration sheets that were “completed” by the child-now-adult with the worst handwriting of his entire fifth-grade class? Do I really have nothing better to do than stumble about an old weed-entangled, chigger-infested rural cemetery looking for the final resting place of the wife of my great granduncle, the man who deserted his motherless children and fled to South America, never to be seen again? Is it really that important to figure out if Great Grandfather Stanley’s birthdate was December 25, 1894, as his published obituary states, or 1896, as his headstone displays? What about Dad’s grandmother? Was she really of Cherokee Indian descent? And what of those 5 husbands that she buried? Don’t forget that second great granduncle, the guy who robbed all those banks in Wyoming and Montana in the 1890’s? After dying in a hail of bullets during his final attempted robbery, where is he now buried? Oh, to find his headstone!

Why Bluebonnet Country Genealogy? Texas is the geographic center for all of these characters, the end of the road for some, just a beginning for others. All are tied in some way to the Lone Star State.

The Texas Bluebonnet, the Lupinus Texensis, is the original Texas settler, the magnificent survivor, the colorful promise of another world, a new and brighter tomorrow. That’s what my ancestors sought as they entered this land, a better life for themselves and their offspring. As historian Jack Maguire so aptly wrote, “The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.”

I write this blog to tell the stories of the Texas Bluebonnets, both the flower and her people.

Terry’s instructions were:
I. Post an article on your blogsite with the subject heading:
GETTING TO KNOW ME, GETTING TO KNOW (insert name of your blog here)- Gotcha!

II. Write a short paragraph describing you, your work, and your goals for writing. Why you do what you do is always of interest to readers and it helps readers understand your work.- Maybe not quite short enough, but I think it answers the question of why I write this blog.

III. List the three best of the best of your articles — articles which you’ve previously published and are still available online. Select (using your opinion) the brightest, breeziest and most beautiful from all you’ve written.

My Brightest:

A Scoundrel No More!– The story of how I got to the truth about my 2nd great-grandfather.

My Breeziest:

Wordless Wednesday– The look on my aunt’s face as my Mom and her sister plant kisses on my uncle-to-be…PRICELESS!

And my Most Beautiful:

A hero’s memorial-Although written about a distant relative, this post captures the essence of genealogy: gone, but not forgotten.

Want to get to know me? Read my posts and try to put yourself in those stories, be it as another photograph in Mom’s Red Photo Album, or as a wounded Civil War soldier being treated by Dr N B Kennedy, or maybe just as a little girl riding in a goat cart. All of these people… are me!

4 thoughts on “Getting to know me, getting to know Bluebonnet Country Genealogy

  1. Hi Ruth!

    I was making my first blog and saw your blog listed, checked it out, and really like it.

    Here is a video I made of the Bluebonnets in our yard a couple of years ago.

    For Colleen, Bluebonnets take up to 3 years to bloom and must have a lot of rain in January to bloom profusely.

    My blog is “Right Brain / Left Brain” … come on over and leave a comment, the coffee is always on!



  2. Ruth Stephens says:

    Hi Colleen!
    Thanks for stopping by! If you ever get to Texas in late March/early April, definitely bring your camera! There is nothing more beautiful than the wildflowers that grow along side the major highways (and evrywhere else, too!), thanks to Ladybird Johnson!


  3. Loved getting to know you Ruth. I’ve never seen the blue bonnets in full bloom. My MIL sent me some seeds this year and only 1 flower bloomed. I’m hoping for some more next season.

    That picture is priceless! LOL


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