Notes from the past…


Happy Blogoversary!

Today is the 5th blogoversary of Bluebonnet Country Genealogy/Ruth’s Genealogy!

Five years ago I knew very little about genealogy and even less about blogging. With the help of my cousin Susan (lots of help!), my first blog was born on Blogger. It has moved a few times since then, from Blogger to to and finally back here to It has also had several different looks (remember the “big hair” of the 1980′s? I think this blog had big hair at one point!)

Even the name has changed!

But change is good, and as this blog has evolved, so have I. I now know what sources are for!

Anyway, I am happy to still be in the blogosphere and I am happy to continue to contribute. Thanks to everyone!

To celebrate, I’d like to share a few of my favorite posts, which usually describe Happy Dances:

  1. Happy Dance Time, or… maybe James Bennett, Jr was a killer!
  2. Happy Dance Time: Carrico-Kennedy Marriage Announcement!
  3. I am BLOWN AWAY!!!!
  4. Blogoversary vs Bennetts: and the winner is…
  5. The WOW! Category

I am looking forward to spending the next 5 years online and sharing my genealogy life with you!

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I’m so excited… or, Thank you, Tonia!

My carport 2 days ago!

I have been participating in Tonia’s 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog challenge, and it has been a lot of fun and a lot of work!

This has been a much-needed motivator for me, as I tend to neglect my blog. It has also been a great way to get through these past couple of weeks with record high temperatures in north Texas. Simply put: TOO HOT TO THINK!

As part of Tonia’s challenge, she is doing weekly random giveaways of genealogy goodies that she received at the recent Southern California Genealogical Society’s 2011 Jamboree. How exciting! I love surprises!

This morning, I got an email from Tonia with a coupon code for discounted items at

No better way to shop than from the comfort of my slightly-worn-but-broken-in-just-right office chair with my pajama-clad legs propped up on my desk! Oh, did I mention my nice, cool, air-conditioned living room?

Anyway, I chose 2 items:

I ordered both as digital downloads, so guess what I’ll be doing today?


P. S. Today’s forecast is for 105 degrees for the 16th straight day of 100-degree of higher temps!



#31WBGB: Make List Posts Work for Your Genealogy Blog (Week 2, Part 3)

31 Weeks ButtonThis week’s challenge for Tonia’s 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog is to write a list post. My post actually has 3 parts, as I try to link suspected fourth great-grandfather Joel Dixon to proven third great-grandfather Thomas M Dixon, both of Marengo County, Alabama.

In Part 1, I laid out my plan of attack. Unable to link father and son through census records (Thomas was already out of the house by the 1850 Federal Census), I decided to use a relative, in this case Thomas’ grandnephew, Floyd Milton Dixon (Joel’s great-grandson) to try to indirectly bring Joel and Thomas together. I had accidentally stumbled upon Floyd’s obituary, which described him as the last male descendant of his great-grandfather, Joel Dixon. If I could trace Floyd’s ancestry back to Joel, perhaps along the way I might connect Floyd to Thomas, which would then connect Thomas to Joel.

This was my plan.

In Part 2, I described my research findings as I examined the four generations between Joel Dixon and Floyd Milton Dixon. The relationships of Joel Dixon, Nicholas Floyd Dixon, William Floyd Dixon and Floyd Milton Dixon to each other have been proven satisfactorily. though not in great depth. (I only had a week, folks!)

The final step was to somehow connect the dots and prove that Joel Dixon was Thomas M Dixon’s father.

Was I successful?

At this time, the answer unfortunately is… no.

Although I have collected quite a bit of evidence to shore up and extend the Dixon branch of my family tree, I cannot in good faith claim Joel Dixon as my fourth great-grandfather. Not at this time. Though I do believe that Joel belongs in my pedigree, and the overall mountain of data certainly leans in that direction, I still need one document that can conclusively tie the two together.

Awaiting a package from the Marengo County courthouse….

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