Notes from the past…


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I learned something today

In reading Ken’s post about a couple of ancestors that he found in the Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 database at FamilySearch Record Search, I learned that requests for grave and headstone photographs can be made at Find A Grave. I have been to this site a few times, and have found a few folks that I was researching as a RAOGK volunteer, but I have not found any of my own ancestors at Find A Grave. But Ken has inspired me to join Find A Grave and contribute some of my cemetery photos to their database. Another way to volunteer! I have also agreed to take tombstone photos in my area. What fun, as I just relish exploring old (and new!) cemeteries!

In fact, Chatt-Jessie Cemetery in Hill County, Texas, the location of several of my Turner family’s graves, was not even in Find A Grave’s database…until now!


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An upcoming research trip

I’m planning to go to Hillsboro on Wednesday. As it’s about a 3-hour round trip, I don’t get down there as often as I’d like. So I need to plan ahead to make the most out of the trip!

Part 1: Search the microfilm of the Hillsboro City Library’s various Hill County newspapers for Dr. Kennedy’s obit(s) from 1897, his wife Susan’s obit from 1918, some mention of granddaughter Hallah M Carrico’s death in 1897. Also, get better copies of Miles Francis & Trilla Maryland Stanley’s obits. Maybe find something about Chester Kennedy, also. He’s another one who just seems to have fallen off the planet!

Part 2: Look for info on my RAOGK request from September. Try to find the cemetery for Jabez Ivey and his mother. This request was from Sept and I have never made it down there. First there was Dad’s surgery, then my boss being gone on maternity leave. Excuses, excuses! Basically I just didn’t feel like going down there! I know the guy who requested the info is not happy with me. I must try to make amends!

What to take with me: laptop, digital camera, camera cable, paper, pencils.

Charge the camera’s battery and download all the current pictures, so there will be plenty of room. Download any images taken in the library to the computer while I’m still in the library. I want these pix to turn out right this time!


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Haven't done much research lately…

I have been so busy for the past 2-3 weeks, that I haven’t had time for much of anything!
My Dad had a triple bypass last week, so I spent several days with him. He is doing great, though, so I’m not so worried about him. He is currently in a rehab facility and expects to go home in a few days!
While I was at the hospital with him, there was a lot of time spent in the Surgery or ICU Waiting rooms. I am so glad I decided to bring my laptop with me, as I was able to complete the work on the Limestone County Marriage Records. When I got back home this past weekend, I emailed the spreadsheet back to the Ft Worth Genealogical Society, and now I have started on the Lampasas County records. They are typed and are a lot easier to read!