Notes from the past…


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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #32: Family Memories

Records are the backbone of genealogy, but memories are the glue that hold our history together. For which memory of a loved one are you most thankful? Describe that moment in time, answering the who/what/when/where in the details. How did this memory impact your life and the way you approach family?

My great-grandmother Mary Tennessee Turner Rogers was “MawMaw” Rogers to all us grandkids and great-grandkids. She was always an old lady to me. She was 79 when I was born and died at age 91 when I was 11 years old. But I still remember her… and her house.

I was about 5 years old when MawMaw moved in with my grandparents, unable to live alone in that old house on May Street in Fort Worth any longer. My great-grandfather “Bubba” Rogers had died in 1942, so for many years MawMaw was by herself, although frequently visited by her family.

I have vague memories of visiting MawMaw on May Street. She served me hot tea with honey and lemon. And I remember that house, with its tall ceilings and faded, pealing wallpaper. I think at one time it must have been like her: young, vibrant, stately.

They were both in their declining years.

Now both MawMaw and that house are gone. But I will always fondly remember the hot tea and the pealing wallpaper…

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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 #31: Cousins

One of the best experiences in family history is meeting with new cousins found through your research. Tell us about your favorite cousin meet-up. How did you discover each other? Where did you meet? What type of information was exchanged and how did it benefit your research?

Several years ago, not long after I started researching my family, I happened on a website containing McBurnett data. Dovie C McBurnett, my “Indian Gammaw” was my great-grandmother through my Dad.

As I traveled about the site, I discovered a lot of important info, lots of dates and places. I quickly decided that I needed to contact the owner. Maybe we could share docs or photos.

So I sent an email to the contact address and within a few hours a lady replied. Turns out she is a child of Dovie’s oldest son, my great-uncle Gene Hall. I remember Gene from when I was a kid! He and my Dad were in business together at one time. I was so excited to meet my first “online cousin”!

Further communication and sharing ensued. This lady sent me several photos, including the only images I have of my grandfather and step-grandmother:

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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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Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #30: Genealogical Serendipity

Every genealogist has tales of surprise findings or coincidences when climbing the family tree. What is your most memorable serendipitous discovery? Did it involve ancestors in your tree, living folks or both? How did this surprise affect your research and does it still impact you today?

Sometimes serendipity is what you make it…

According to my great-grandmother Mary Tennessee Turner’s family Bible, my great-granduncle Isaac T Turner died on Christmas Day, 1900 at the age of 32. Kinda young, but then life was not easy in turn-of-the-century Hill County, Texas. So, what happened to young Isaac?

I had been researching my Turner line for several months and other than that Bible entry, the only document I had located for Isaac was his 1900 Federal Census enumeration: age 32, single and a merchant of confections.

Not much to go on, but maybe I could find a newspaper ad for his business. I searched GenealogyBank’s Dallas Morning News archives, on the off-chance that there would be an advertisement for a Hillsboro candy shop (Hillsboro is about 60 miles southwest of Dallas). With a little luck…

But after numerous searches using different keywords, I had gotten nowhere. Then I suddenly realized something: I was searching for the given name of “Isaac”. But in his census entry, he was recorded as “Ike”.

So I tried “Ike Turner”, and to my surprise this is what was returned:

I had been doing a lot of Turner research and really hadn’t found much beyond the usual census mentions and was getting pretty frustrated. I just needed something to reignite my passion for the hunt, and there it was!

This incident occurred a couple of years ago, and serves as an excellent reminder to not give up on research, because you never know what you will find!

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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.