Notes from the past…

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“Happiness is a warm puppy”


Remember this little book? I was given a set of these Peanuts books when I was a child, and I still have that set safely tucked away somewhere in my closet. Of the set, “Happiness is a Warm Puppy” was my favorite individual book. The image on the book’s front cover says it all!

In that same spirit, I would like to thank Debbie of Blanton Family Roots and Branches and Greta of Greta’s Genealogy Blog, who almost simultaneously awarded me the Happy 101 Award. Thank you so very much!

In accepting this award, I am to list 10 things that make me happy:

  1. My family- my daughters Sarah & Debbie, my soon-to-be-a-teenage granddaughter Stacie and my newest-and-cutest grandson Justin
  2. The first Texas Bluebonnets of the season- appearing in late March, heralding the end of winter and the beginning of beautiful Wildflower Springtime in Texas
  3. My fat and furry Siamese cat Nala- snuggled in my lap to get me through the cold winter months, or for whatever other reason she can think of, or for just no reason at all
  4. Finding a new piece of the genealogy puzzle- doesn’t matter how big or how small, still a thrill
  5. A spring storm- the wind, the clouds, the lightning
  6. Farmville- most of my ancestors were farmers…
  7. A Dallas Cowboys victory
  8. Chicken & Broccoli & Carrots & Cauliflower & Cheese stuff that my daughter just brought over- I don’t know what it’s called… but it is GOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!
  9. My warm, snuggly bed when it’s 17 degrees outside
  10. Mary Poppins

Next I am to nominate 10 blogs to receive this award. These are all newly-added to my Google Reader and as such I would like to learn more about them and their owners:


  1. ABT-UNK
  2. Ancestors Live Here
  3. Dr Bill Tells Ancestor Stories
  4. Moore History- Deep In The Heart Of Texas
  5. Finding Dad’s Family
  6. Genealogy Frame of Mind
  7. My Family Puzzle
  8. Portals To The Past
  9. The Wandering Vine
  10. Tonia’s Roots

Congrats to all!

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Great idea, Randy!

Randy over at Genea-Musings posted today about using Google to search for his grandparents’ home.

Ok, maybe I can try that with my 2GGF Miles Francis Stanley’s home in Mineral Wells, Texas. You may recall that I showed a picture of the house, taken ca 1910, for yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday entry:

Stanley home Grandview, TX view a

Into Google’s search field went the terms “915 N W 4th Ave mineral wells tx”. This is the address that is on Miles Stanley’s death certificate:


The first search result:


Which lead me to this page:


The “A” balloon is my 2GGF’s house! Unfortunately, that’s as close as I could get:


Curses! The next hit led me to this page at The Portal to Texas History:


There’s my 2GGF’s house again, this time in 1976!

Stanley home Grandview, TX view a house8

Hey, Portal to Texas History, you forgot to mention my second great-grandfather, Miles Francis Stanley, who owned the home ca 1910-1935!

And guess what? The house is currently for sale! Anybody got an extra $325,000 that I could borrow?