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Vacations – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

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I don’t remember us taking family vacations as many do today by taking a trip to some specific place or area.  We just didn’t do that.  We spent a lot of time together as a family but I don’t remember any vacations.  When mom and dad were off work for their vacations we would often spend them around our home sleeping late and taking little day trips to do fun things in the area.  Sometimes even going to the lake and fishing and swimming. 

We did visit relatives several times especially during the summer.   My family moved to Green Forest when I was in 4th grade.  After we moved there, about an hour and a half from the Springdale area where all my grandparents lived, we would come to Springdale for at least a week or two during the summer.  Mom and Dad would bring us to one of the grandparents’ homes and then they would transfer us to the other set’s home where Mom and Dad would pick us up.  We would spend those days talking with the grandparents and often getting took to the store for candy!   What better way to spend a couple of weeks in the summer!

We also frequently took trips to the lake and even spent some time camping.   I remember us going once to a place called Beavertown and camping there for several days with my Dad’s extended family.  My Great-Grandfather Claude Stout and my Great-Aunt Mabel Stout Parsons were there.  Most if not all of my cousins were there.  We spent time playing and fishing and swimming and just generally having a great time.

Now, I am told that we went to that same place many times but I only remember being there one time!  I do remember camping several other times at various lakes around the area but not at Beavertown. 

As an adult, I don’t usually take “vacations” either.  I prefer to just take several long weekends and do fun things in the area or just relax and spend time with family. 

However, I have taken one fun vacation!  In 2009, I took a week and went to Little Rock for the 2009 FGS Conference.  I had a wonderful time!  I would love to do that again sometime but it isn’t going to happen this year unfortunately!

 Week #27 – Vacation Week 27. Vacations. Where did your family go on vacation? Did you have a favorite place? Is it still there? If not, how has the area changed? This challenge runs from Saturday, July 2, 2011 through Friday, July 8, 2011.

Songs – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Music has always been a big part of my life!  I love to listen to music and often listen to music today while I work on other things!  I always have the radio on when I am in the car.  The other drivers are always thankful when I have the windows rolled up because I can’t resist singing along with the radio (and I don’t have a good singing voice!)

I was reading other bloggers post and came across Liblady’s Genealogy Blog post with her time capsule post and I decided to do the same thing.  The time capsule website was   I am using my birth year, the year I started college, and the year I started graduate school

My Birthday

I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

Top Songs

  • Everyday People by Sly & the Family Stone
  • the Year 2525 by Zager & Evans
  • Honky Tonk Women by Rolling Stones
  • Wedding Bell Blues by Fifth Dimension
  • Get Back by Beatles (with Billy Preston)
  • Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In by Fifth Dimension
  • I Can’t Get Next to You by Temptations
  • Sugar, Sugar by Archies Dizzy by Tommy Roe
  • Crimson & Clover by Tommy James & the Shondells

US President

Richard M. Nixon

US Vice President

Spiro T. Agnew

Academy Award Winners

  • Best Picture: Midnight Cowboy Directed By John Schlesinger
  • Best Actor: John Wayne in True Grit
  • Best Actress: Maggie Smith in The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie


  • Mission: Impossible
  • Dragnet
  • Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
  • Hawaii Five-0
  • Star Trek
  • Adam-12
  • The Carol Burnett Show
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Get Smart
  • The Avengers

Hot New Toys

  • Barrel of Monkeys
  • Silly String
  • Zeroids
  • Toss Across
  • Nerf Ball
  • Upsy Downsy Babies
  • Easy-Bake Premier Oven
  • Wizzer Weebles


  • Bread:$0.23/loaf
  • Milk:$1.26/gal
  • Eggs:$1.14/doz
  • Car:$3,400
  • Gas:$0.35/gal
  • House:$27,900
  • Stamp:$0.06/ea
  • Avg Income:$10,577/yr
  • Min Wage:$1.60/hr

Starting College

At This Moment – Billy Vera and the Beaters

Top Songs

  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston
  • La Bamba by Los Lobos
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2
  • Alone by Heart Faith by George Michael
  • Livin’ On a Prayer by Bon Jovi
  • Didn’t We Almost Have It All by Whitney Houston
  • With or Without You by U2
  • Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
  • I Knew You Were Waiting by Aretha Franklin & George Michael

US President

Ronald Reagan

US Vice President

George Bush

Academy Award Winners

  • Best Picture: The Last Emperor Produced By Columbia Pictures
  • Best Actor: Michael Douglas in Wall Street
  • Best Actress: Cher in Moonstruck



  • The Cosby Show
  • Miami Vice
  • The Golden Girls
  • Married… With Children
  • Cheers
  • Moonlighting
  • L.A. Law
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Family Ties
  • Night Court

Hot New Toys

  • Pez with Plastic Feet
  • Glitter & Gold Jem/Jerrica, (with articulated limbs)
  • Jenga
  • Pictionary
  • Koosh Ball
  • Starcom: The U.S. Space Force
  • Boggle Bowl
  • Talking Pee-Wee Herman
  • Pogo Ball


  • Bread:$0.55/loaf
  • Milk:$1.98/gal
  • Eggs:$1.03/doz
  • Car:$13,386
  • Gas:$0.96/gal
  • House:$127,200
  • Stamp:$0.22/ea
  • Avg Income:$36,884/yr
  • Min Wage:$3.35/hr

Starting Grad School

All 4 Love – Color Me Bad

Top Songs

  • Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
  • Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot
  • Baby-Baby-Baby by TLC
  • Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Jump by Kris Kross
  • End of the Road by Boyz II Men
  • All 4 Love by Color Me Badd
  • Save the Best for Last by Vanessa Williams
  • My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It) by En Vogue
  • Just Another Day by Jon Secada




US President

George Bush

US Vice President

J. Danforth Quayle

Academy Award Winners

  • Best Picture: Unforgiven Directed By Clint Eastwood
  • Best Actor: Al Pacino in Scent Of A Woman
  • Best Actress: in Howards End



  • Northern Exposure
  • The Simpsons
  • Home Improvement
  • Mad About You
  • Beverly Hills 90210
  • Picket Fences
  • Seinfeld
  • Twin Peaks
  • Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  • Law & Order








  • Bread:$0.75/loaf
  • Milk:$2.14/gal
  • Eggs:$1.22/doz
  • Car:$18,141
  • Gas:$1.19/gal
  • House:$144,100
  • Stamp:$0.29/ea
  • Avg Income:$44,221/yr
  • Min Wage:$4.25/hr





Week #26 – Songs

Week 26. Songs. What was the #1 song during the week of your birth? Enter your birth date at This Day in Music ( and find out. If you were born before 1946, you can enter the year of your marriage, the birth dates of your children or some other significant event.

This challenge runs from Saturday, June 25, 2011 through Friday, July 1, 2011.


Neighbors is a concept that has definitely changed over time!  I remember going to visit my grandparents when I was a child and they knew who their neighbors were and could (and did) tell all about their families and everything going on in their lives.  My Great-Grandfather Stout could go to the local grocery store and tell you who was in the store based on the cars in the parking lot!

Now, I live in a house in a nice neighborhood and I  have spoken to a couple of my neighbors and I wave to them as I am driving down the street but I don’t really know any of them.  I don’t think I have really known any of my neighbors in the last twenty years! 

When I was a girl and we lived in Green Forest, I knew several of our neighbors and spent a lot of time with the neighborhood children.  I also spent a lot of time with the neighborhood children when I was little and we lived on Berry Street in Springdale but since then I don’t even remember who my neighbors were at the places we have lived.

Today, I don’t really feel the need to get to know my neighbors well.  I think the people we work with and the people who belong to the same organizations and clubs have replaced our neighbors in our lives. 

Week #25 – Neighbors

Week 25. Neighbors. Who were your childhood neighbors? Have you kept in touch with any of them? Do you feel the concept of “neighbors” has changed since then?

This challenge runs from Saturday, June 18, 2011 through Friday, June 24, 2011.



Well, I am a little late with this post but here it is anyway.  When I was a kid, I mostly wore jeans and t-shirts and that really hasn’t changed much through the years.  I still mostly wear jeans.  I have never really been in-style much and I mostly don’t care!  I did do the parachute pants and the leg warmers during their in-style periods in the 80s but then I kept wearing the leg-warmers and slouch socks for long after they were out of style because they were comfortable! 

I tend to wear what is comfortable not necessarily what is in-style!  I do love boots and they happen to be in style right now but then again I wore them for years when they weren’t really in-style.  Comfort is the main thing I look for in clothes!

Week #24 – Clothes

Week 24. Clothes. What types of clothes did you wear as a child? What was “in fashion” and did your style compare?. What types of clothes did you wear as a child? What was “in fashion” and did your style compare?

This challenge runs from Saturday, June 11, 2011 through Friday, June 17, 2011.

Books – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

I am an avid reader!  I have read since I was a very young child.  When I was very young, I read the Laura Ingles Wilder series about Little House on the Prairie. 

I have also always loved mystery books!   I read most of the Agatha Christie novels!  I like the Sherlock Holmes series of books.  When I was younger, I read the Nancy Drew series too.

I also like biographies and true stories.  I have read most of the books written about Presidents Kennedy and Lincoln and the events surrounding their assassinations.  I read the books about the latest true crimes that make the news.

When I was a teenager, I started reading romance novels and I was hooked.  I still read them.   I usually read at least two or three a week.  My current favorite authors include Lynnsay Sands, Nora Roberts, Diana Palmer, Julia Quinn and others!  I usually read a novel in about an hour and a half.  I especially like the books that are part of a series – I like the story to continue from one book to another so the characters become more real!

Week #23 – Books

Week 23. Books. What was your favorite book, or who was your favorite author from your childhood? What do you like to read now? Books or other formats?