Notes from the past…


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Last Week’s Research Activities

Research and document my findings for

  1. Ambrose Knox
  2. Mary Reed
  3. Sophia Jolly- Sophia finally has a last name!
  4. Loyal Appling
  5. Alfred Stanley Appling
  • Update both my FreePages site and WorldConnect database and email a RootsMagic backup to my Gmail account
  • Add 2 direct-line ancestors to my research wiki
  • Weeks #20, 21, 22, 23 posts for 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy (trying to get caught up with these posts)
  • Continue with FamilySearch Indexing (having trouble finding time for this right now)

Plans for this week:

Research and document my findings for

  1. Alfred Stanley Appling
  2. Martha Ruth Appling
  3. Lewis T Stanley
  4. William Lucius Stanley
  5. Joshua Martin Stanley


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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #23: Family Traditions

For which family tradition are you most thankful? How did the tradition start? Which family members have been responsible for keeping the tradition alive and how has it shaped your own family history?

A favorite family tradition from my childhood involved birthdays and holidays. My grandparents’ home was the site for family birthday and holiday celebrations. On Christmas Eve and Thanksgiving, and on each family member’s birthday, the get-together was always at their home in Fort Worth, and later at my grandmother’s house in Crowley, Texas. So many great memories!

Wonderful food and the decorating of Nanny’s Christmas tree at the Thanksgiving get-together, and more wonderful food and even more wonderful toys on Christmas Eve! Each one of us grandkids had a corner of the living room staked out. After dinner, we all piled into somebody’s car and my uncles would drive us around town to look at the Christmas lights while my grandmother and aunts would set out our goodies, each to his/her own corner of the living room. And when we returned.. WOW!

Unfortunately, with time and age, all things must change. These family celebrations eventually all migrated to the aunts’ and uncles’ houses, then to grown cousin’s homes. The great family get-together is no more. I guess everyone kind of decided it was too much for my grandmother to deal with.

Now the individual families, including mine, have their own traditions.

But I still miss Nanny’s big living room and those corners

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.


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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #22: Family Recipes

Family recipes are about more than just food. They provide sights, smells and memories of family history. Which family recipe are you most thankful for? Who was the first person to make it, and how was the recipe handed down through the generations? Has the recipe stayed the same all these years?

This is a bit of a difficult assignment, because I rarely-to-never cook. I just don’t. My kids are grown and out of the house, so I don’t cook. Except at Thanksgiving…

Hence, my cooking doesn’t have much of a tie-in to my family history research.

There is, however, one particular recipe that is a big favorite for me and my oldest daughter. I “originally” found the recipe in my old 1961 Betty Crocker New Picture Cook Book. (This particular version is listed new on Amazon.com for $500! My copy is quite well-worn, unfortunately…)

Known to Ms. Crocker as “Hot Fudge Pudding“, it is a delicious blend of fresh-out-of-the-oven fudge cake and chocolate pudding. Yummy!

Fast-forward a few years to about 2005, when I am visiting my Aunt Jan. My Aunt Jan was the world’s greatest cook, simply put! Before chronic illness caught up with her in her later years, she was always in the kitchen, it seemed.

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So on this particular day of my visit, Aunt Jan brought out a bowl of chocolate stuff from her kitchen to me, saying this was one of “Daughter’s recipes”. “Daughter” was the nickname of my second great-grandmother, Sallie Hattie Lee Kennedy (1870-1960).

One bite of this chocolate stuff and it was déjà vu all over again! It was my Betty Crocker Hot Fudge Pudding! Aunt Jan brought out an old recipe book (very old) and there, also in Daughter’s very old handwriting, was “our” recipe. Who knew?

So which recipe came first: Daughter’s or Betty Crocker’s?

The world may never know… :)

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.