Notes from the past…


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…and every timeline in its place

Unscrambling Dovie McBurnett’s list of husbands, 5 at last count, has certainly pointed out the value of a timeline. It has made it much simpler to get all of the “Ex’s” into the correct order and the correct time period in her life. An invaluable tool!

Several months ago, I posted about Timetoast, an online interactive timeline creator that uses Adobe Flash. With it, I have been able to clearly illustrate Dovie’s busy love life! The neat thing about Timetoast is that the timeline can be embedded into a website or blog. That would work perfectly for me, as I use my blog as my research notebook. So having the timeline with all of my other data (documents and photos) seems quite natural.

The problem is that WordPress.com, the host of Bluebonnet Country Genealogy, does not allow flash embeds. Too much potential for abuse, I suppose. So no Timetoast at WordPress.

The solution? Blogger to the rescue!

I created a “plain vanilla” blog, just for the timelines. The link is in the right sidebar, under Research. Please check it out and let me know what you think!


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A new and exciting venture!

The Honorable Terry Thornton has invited me to become a Charter Member of a new organization known as The Association of Graveyard Rabbits:

The Association of Graveyard Rabbits is a group of individuals who are interested in promoting the historical importance of cemeteries, grave markers, and the family history to be learned from a study of burial customs, burying grounds, and tombstones.   As a group we pledge to promote the study of cemeteries, promote the preservation of cemeteries, and promote the transcription of genealogical/historical information written in cemeteries.
Thank you, Terry! I am honored!
This is very exciting! Possibly my favorite aspect of genealogy research involves studying old cemeteries, and I have inventoried and photographed 2 small rural cemeteries where several of my ancestors rest. I just love to wander around these hollowed grounds and try to imagine how the inhabitants once lived.
One of the requirements for membership in The Association of Graveyard Rabbits is the creation of a dedicated blog, to be used only for all things cemetery. So stay tuned, as this new bog is under development and will be unveiled very soon…