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Daily Journal 29 Nov 2009: The Gunfight!

An exciting evening! When I got home from work, I started reviewing my second great-grandfather Miles Francis Stanley’s file. As I do with each ancester, I plugged his name into Google to see if there was anything “out there” about him. Nothin’.

Then I entered his name into the Google Books search engine and hit the jackpot! Seems my 2GGF Stanley testified in a trial about a man killed in a gunfight in 1905… and the case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court!

So I wrote a long post about the trial, the appeals and the trip that my 2GGF (or at least his testimony) took to Washington, DC and the U S Supreme Court. Pretty exciting!

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Daily Journal 28 Nov 2009: Quality time with my granddaughter!

My granddaughter Stacie and I went to see the new Twilight movie, “New Moon”. Now mind you, before seeing this moving, I have not read any of the books or seen the first movie. Nor am I 14 years old and get all silly and flustered by the young men in this movie. I’m well over the hill! But my granddaughter wanted to see the movie and we haven’t been to a movie together in a while, so I called her Friday night and of course she wanted to go see New Moon!

house_of_dark_shadows_poster_01 So Saturday morning before it was time to go to the theater, I wrote my entry for the 85th Carnival of Genealogy: Orphans and Orphans.

I also posted about being awarded the Kreative Blogger award. Thanks, Tonia!

By the way, I actually liked New Moon. After driving my granddaughter nuts with questions at the beginning of the movie, I finally figured out what was going on and it was kinda fun, like going to see House of Dark Shadows was when I was 12 years old… :)

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Daily Journal 27 Nov 2009

Kinda hung over today from all of yesterday’s wonderful food! Didn’t do much genealogy today. A little RSS reading…

I did happen upon a couple of city directory listings for my 2GGF, Miles Francis Stanley, from Mineral Wells, Texas in 1909 and 1920. Pretty cool! I found these at The Portal to Texas History:

The Portal is a gateway to Texas history materials. You may discover anything from an ancestor’s picture to a rare historical map. From prehistory to the present day, you can explore unique collections from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private family collections. The Portal continues to grow as additional partners contribute digital versions of their collections. We hope you’ll return often to discover our latest additions.

If you have Texas ancestors, definitely check out the Portal of Texas History. In addition to city directories, they have old maps, photos, newspapers… all sorts of goodies!