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Awards Time: The Kreative Blogger Award!

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Tonia from Tonia’s Roots has chosen me and Bluebonnet County Genealogy for the prestigious Kreative Blogger Award! Thank you so very much, Tonia! It’s nice to be recognized by your peers.

Tonia’s blog is new to me, so I decided to drop by and say Hi!

Very impressive site! Tonia uses WordPress for her blog and has embedded The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding for her database. Very nice! The seamless transition from blog to database is quite nice and makes for a well-organized site. Tonia has also set up several pages for such topics as Fun Facts, Family Stories and Most Wanted. This is really a great site and “where have you been all my life?” :)

Ok, the rules for the Kreative Blogger Award are that I gotta tell you 7 things about myself, then pass the award on to 7 more blogs.

Let’s see, about me:

  1. I was born in Colorado, but got to Texas as fast as I could!
  2. I am hopelessly addicted to Dr Pepper
  3. While genealogy is my main obsession, I also love to do website design
  4. I have a huge collection of Garfield the Cat paraphernalia
  5. My elderly neighbor and I created a beautiful Flower Garden quilt as I was awaiting the birth of my second daughter, and thanks to that wonderful lady, the quilt was completed only days before my daughter arrived
  6. I am an avid softball player
  7. I am the oldest granddaughter in my family and my 93-year-old grandmother has nicknamed me RootyToot.

Ok, I guess that wasn’t too bad…

Now for 7 blogs to pass this on to. Some of these blogs may have already received this award, but they are my favorites:

  1. Destination: Austin Family
  2. Elyse’s Genealogy
  3. Family Matters
  4. The Genealogue
  5. GenealogyBank Blog
  6. Genealogy Blog Finder
  7. Virtual Dime Museum


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If a child is adopted and becomes your great-grandfather…

… does his brother become your great-uncle?

My great-grandfather John Thomas Stanley was adopted. Does that make his brother, Henry Thomas Fair, my great-uncle?

Henry Thomas Fair was adopted by the sister and brother-in-law of John Thomas Stanley’s adoptive mother. According to my RootsMagic program, that makes him my first cousin 3 times removed!


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On this day in Texas history: 4 Aug 1993, Nolan Ryan gives Robin Ventura a "Texas whuppin'"!

16 years ago, but seems like just yesterday. Nolan Ryan, one of the most incredible athletes that Texas has ever produced, was on the mound for the Texas Rangers. Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox was up to bat. Nolan fired a pitch at Robin that nicked him in the ribs. Robin initially started for first base, then changed directions and sprinted toward the pitcher’s mound and a man many thought past his prime at age 46.

At this point in his career, Nolan Ryan was already a pitching legend. 7 no-hitters and more strike-outs than any other pitcher in baseball history was paving the way to Cooperstown for the native of Refugio, Texas. But on this day, he became a Texas hero!

As Ventura arrived at the pitcher’s mound, Nolan grabbed him in a headlock and began pummeling him mercilessly until the two were separated by Texas catcher Pudge Rodriguez. Ventura was ejected from the game for charging the mound, but Nolan remained in the game and pitched hitless ball for the rest of his appearance on the mound.

Don’t mess with Big Tex!

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