Notes from the past…


Another piece of the puzzle!

I was wandering around Footnote and decided to check the Texas Death Records database. I check it every few weeks, looking for new additions.

Guess who I found? My 3rd great-grandmother Susan William Lee Martin’s 1918 death certificate!

Kennedy, S W L

Oops, just found my great-grandfather John T Stanley’s death certificate, too!

If anyone has relatives who died in Texas 1890-1976, check out Footnote! There has been a big bunch of certificates added!

P. S. I’ve found 9 new death certificates this afternoon! Definitely check out Texas Death Records!

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The A, B, C's of Surnames or…It's meme time!

As I prepare to jump back into my research after taking a few weeks off, I thought I would just start alphabetically with my surname list and do some Google searches and see if anything new pops up. That got me to thinking: Can I fill out the entire alphabet with my documented surnames? Yes, it’s a meme in disguise!

Here goes:

  • A is for Appling
  • B is for Bennett
  • C is for Carr
  • D is for Dixon
  • E is for Easley
  • F is for Fair
  • G is for Graham
  • H is for Hibbler
  • I is for Isler
  • J is for Janca
  • K is for Kennedy
  • L is for Lee
  • M is for McBurnett
  • N is for Noble
  • O is for Owen
  • P is for Pitts
  • Q is for —–
  • R is for Rogers
  • S is for Stanley
  • T is for Turner
  • U is for Urmey
  • V is for Vance
  • W is for Watts
  • X is for—-
  • Y is for—-
  • Z is for —-

No Q, X, Y or Z surnames. Seems I have my work cut out for me!

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Wordle this, Abe!

Remember Wordle, the neat little program for generating “word clouds” that we all played with a few months ago?

Well, here is the Gettysburg Address, Wordle-style!



Lincoln was born two hundred years ago. Happy birthday Abe! But why are we in the 21st century still obsessed with this 19th-century man? We find Abe everywhere from advertising to political punditry. What does this popular Abe have to do with the historical Abe? 21st-Century Abe has six months to tackle these questions—starting February 12, 2009—and we need your answers. We’ve asked scholars and artists to get the ball rolling, but your responses will define 21st-Century Abe.

Abe would be proud!