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Do we really need another federal holiday? YES!

Please support this cause:

The 1940 United States Federal Census will be released digitally on April 2, 2012. On that day, millions of genealogists and family historians across American are at risk of developing a rare, yet debilitating disease known as Census Fever. As this malady is extremely contagious, those effected will be forced to remain at home for an unspecified period of time, thus negatively impacting this nation’s Gross National Product (GNP) and overall economy.
Therefore, to protect the United States’ standing in the global economy and possibly prevent another Great Depression-type event, we at Ruth’s Genealogy respectfully request that April 2, 2012 be deemed a federal holiday known as Enumeration Day.


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Ancestor Approved: Me, too!

Thanks to Liz at My Big Fat Cajun/Irish/ Scottish/English/German/ French/Southern Family Blog (gotta love that blog name!) and Linda at Family Forest Blog for this honor!


As a recipient, I am to list 10 things I’ve learned about my ancestors that have surprised, humbled or enlightened me, and to pass the award along to other bloggers whom I feel are doing their ancestors proud.

Let’s see… surprised, humbled or enlightened me…

  1. Maybe the biggest surprise (and horror!) was finding out the gruesome ultimate fate of my “blacksheep-of-the-family” and second great-grandfather, Crist Hayes Carrico.
  2. The next big surprise was discovering that another second great-grandfather, Isaac Turner, was a soldier with a NORTHERN unit during the Civil War! Almost my entire family tree is made up of Southerners, so I was rather startled, but pleased to find that he fought with the Yankees!
  3. Another fascinating character was my second great-granduncle James Bennett, Jr, who apparently was a genuine “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” kinda guy in 1880’s Wyoming!
  4. My most humbling experience has to be being a part of a world-wide geneabloggers community! I have yet to meet a geneablogger who wasn’t a kind, caring, and helpful soul. Most would give you the “shirts off their backs” if that were necessary. This is a group of people who unfailingly demonstrate their devotion to family, both current and past.
  5. Thanks to these many geneabloggers, I have learned the “technical” side of genealogy: research tactics, source documentation and interpreting and correctly following the chain of evidence.
  6. I have learned some initially heartbreaking yet eventually heartwarming stories about my ancestors, such as that of one great-grandmother, who was relegated to grow up in a Catholic convent even though both of her parents were alive and well, or the story of my adopted great-grandfather, who along with his older brother were abandoned as small children and then rescued and adopted into loving families.
  7. I’ve always been a U S history fan, with my favorite time period being the Civil War years. As I have studied my ancestors who lived through that turbulent period (and many who did not), I have learned so much more about the War itself and its causes and effects.
  8. I have met so many new cousins online, too!
  9. A new appreciation for how my ancestors managed to survive and thrive. If I’m having a bad day because of my job or the weather or a headache, I can just think of what my second great-grandparents Isaac & Sarah Turner had to deal with. No air conditioners in 1880’s Texas!
  10. And finally, genealogy has been the best hobby for me. I love this massive and time-consuming hunt for the past! Every little piece of the puzzle… :)