Notes from the past…

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A gift for Nanny

My grandmother turned 91 years young on Thursday, October 4. Today is her birthday party. Although confined to a nursing home for the past 4 years due to mild dementia, her memory of long-ago events is still surprisingly clear. She has been a great help to me in my research, and loves to tell stories of her childhood and the people and events of those times. For her birthday, I have created a “newspaper article” for her, patterned after the old newspaper society columns I have found at

I found several articles dealing with my ancestors in the Dallas Morning News Archives at GenealogyBank. Most dealt with just routine events, but 3 in particular stood out. I used these three to create Nanny’s “society column”. Happy Birthday, Nanny!

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A little kindness

I have kinda taken some time off from genealogy lately, although I did create a special presentation of family pictures for my grandmother’s 90th birthday on October 4th. Sometimes it’s good to back away from something for awhile. When you come back, you will probably have a fresh outlook and a better attitude! I was getting burned out, so it was time to back off.
However, when I got home from work this afternoon, I had an email from a lady in Illinois who needed a headstone photo from a local cemetery. I am a member of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK). We look up info or take pictures for people from distant areas who can’t make the trip to where their info is at. So, I spent an hour walking through the cemetery to get the photo. And when I got home, I emailed all the photos and info to my new friend. It’s nice to be able to help people!

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A Variation on Family History

I haven’t been doing much in traditional genealogy the past few days. I’m continuing to cite my sources for the Stephens-McCullough family. Not much done on that, though. I did complete a project for my grandmother.
My grandmother is soon to be 90 years old. She lives in a nursing home and has decorated the wall next to her bed with oodles of family photos. When I visited her a couple of weeks ago, she wanted a picture of her old high school to add to her collection. So my brother and I have been looking everywhere. She graduated from Central High School in Ft Worth in 1933, so we didn’t know if the building even still existed! I finally found a small photo in a book of old Ft Worth post cards that I found at Border’s Books. I bought the book and scanned the photo, then hunted around the Internet to find some green (her favorite color!) graphics. I found a nice plaid, then opened up my Paint Shop Pro and created a collage of the school photo, my grandmother’s graduation photo, and her graduation announcement. It turned out really well, so I got a frame at Walmart and was off to visit Nanny. She was thrilled, and now has one more photo for her “wall of memories”!