Notes from the past…


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If a child is adopted and becomes your great-grandfather…

… does his brother become your great-uncle?

My great-grandfather John Thomas Stanley was adopted. Does that make his brother, Henry Thomas Fair, my great-uncle?

Henry Thomas Fair was adopted by the sister and brother-in-law of John Thomas Stanley’s adoptive mother. According to my RootsMagic program, that makes him my first cousin 3 times removed!


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I am thankful for:

(in no particular order :) )

  • A strong and healthy first grandson who almost didn’t make it into this world
  • A strong and healthy youngest daughter who almost didn’t survive the arrival of my first grandson
  • A happy and healthy oldest daughter and her family who live right across the street from me
  • A granddaughter who is wonderful and smart and happy and survived the Swine Flu
  • A job that, much as I complain about it, is still a job that pays the bills and allows me to live a good life
  • A father who is alive and healthy and active at age 80
  • A grandmother who is alive and healthy at age 93
  • An extended family who really came together to support each other during a difficult time
  • A hobby that fills my days (and nights) with a burning desire to find that last piece of the puzzle
  • A country that is strong and free