Notes from the past…


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A birthday party notice… and the names of over 30 relatives!!!

My 3rd great-grandmother Serena Jane Brown died at age 99 1/2 in San Saba, Texas. She had moved there with her parents in the 1850′s and was actually the first child baptized at the newly created Baptist Church in 1857. When she died in 1942, she held the record for the longest continuous church membership in Texas. In short, Serena was a “big-wig”, a prominent citizen of San Saba.

So when her 99th birthday arrived, naturally it made the front page of the local newspaper.

This article (click on the image for larger view), from the 25 Dec 1941 edition of the San Saba News, contains the usual bio details, and it also contains names and locations of relatives. A lot of names of relatives: kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, even a half-sister! And also many long-time friends and neighbors who could also be of genealogical value.

I found this newspaper article at the Library of Congress Chronicling America website:

Search America’s historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.


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Happy Dance Time: Carrico-Kennedy Marriage Announcement!

The Library of Congress website has a section called Chronicling America:

Welcome to Chronicling America, enhancing access to America’s historic newspapers. This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Newspapers available here come from the following states: California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.

Texas… Hummmm, which papers are available? Any from the Dallas- Fort Worth area?

I’m in luck, because editions of the Fort Worth Gazette, 1891-1898 are available. The only connection I have to Fort Worth in that time period is the marriage of my second great-grandparents, Sallie Hattie Lee Kennedy and Crist Hayes Carrico on 19 Nov 1893. That date came from Tarrant County, Texas Marriage Records, Volume III (Fort Worth Genealogical Society), Marriage Book 7, p 289.

I sure would like a little more detail about this marriage, so I navigate the Chronicling America site until I arrive at the 19 Nov 1893 edition of the Fort Worth Gazette. 16 pages later and no mention of this marriage.

Ok, I’ll move onto the 20 Nov 1893 edition, this time totaling 8 pages. On page 8:

Wow, there it is, in black and white! This is amazing and so exciting! A few misspellings, but names, dates and locations. Of special interest is the last sentence: “The happy couple left last night for a visit to friends in Kentucky.” A couple of years ago, I met a “cousin” online who had info about some Carricos in Kentucky, but I have not been able to connect my Carrico to those Carricos. Maybe this is the link I need!