Grandma and Grandpa Treat Family

Mom’s parents were Sherman Treat and Ruth Janie Harriet Lawrence.  She is one of six children: Clyde, Ben, Pat, Leon, Johnnie, and Carolyn (Mom).

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History: Week #12 – Movies

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. This post is from the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History blogging prompts series.

This post appeared originally on my blog on Mar 30, 2011.

Week 12: Movies. Did (or do you still) see many movies? Describe your favorites. Where did you see these films? Is the theater still there, or is there something else in its place?

I love movies but I don’t see too many of them anymore.  I want a plot.

The first movie that I really remember seeing at a theater was Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field.  I was a young child at the time and I didn’t get much of the movies funny lines but I loved the fast trans-am and the way that the Sheriff’s car is slowly destroyed during the movie.   My parents took us to see the movie at a drive-in theater in Springdale.  Now the theater is gone along with most of the drive-in theaters around the country.  But, there is still one in Fayetteville and I try to make it there occasionally.

I also remember going to the little walk-in theater several times as a young teenager when I lived in Green Forest.  I don’t really remember which movies I saw there but I know that I loved going there.

The last movie that I remember seeing in the theater was Message in a Bottle.  I was in Texarkana with a friend and we went to the movies.  I loved the movie right up until the last 5 minutes when out of nowhere comes this boat and the hero dies trying to save the people on the boat that hadn’t been in the movie at all before the last five minutes!  I was so mad!! Love stories should have a happy ending!

My favorite movies of all time are the Alfred Hitchcock “Dial M for Murder”, ET, McClintock (a John Wayne Comedy), Shrek, Pretty Woman, and An Officer and A Gentleman.   Who can resist the ending scenes of the last two – I love a happy ending!

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History: Week #11 – Illness & Injury

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. This post is from the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History blogging prompts series.

This post appeared originally on my blog on Mar 13, 2011.

Week 11: Illness and Injury. Describe your childhood illnesses or injuries. Who took care of you? Did you recuperate in your own bed, on the couch in front of the television, or somewhere else?

Illness and injuries have greatly affected my personal life unlike the previous week’s natural disasters.  Many of my readers will remember my ongoing saga with my knee last year which has really been my only significant injury.    I do have arthritis and some problems with my back but nothing that generally stops me from doing my daily activities – it interferes way more than I would like but so far hasn’t stopped any of them.

My brother broke his arm when he was about 5 (and broke the cast a couple of times after that but that story shall remain in the immediate family for a few more years anyway!).   He also had an injured knee when a drunk driver hit him one rainy night when he was in high school.  But so far, he has managed to not have too many injuries.

My sister had a few minor injuries and one set of stitches just over her eye when she was about 9 or 10 because she was watching a bird in the tree instead of my cousin hitting the baseball but again no serious injuries.

Illnesses haven’t been so kind to our family.  Both of our parents are now disabled (Dad due to a heart condition and mom due to several different conditions).

My grandparents also had their share of illnesses.  Mom’s mother had many diseases including diabetes and heart conditions and eventually died after an 11-months several trips to the hospital.  She spent the last several weeks of her life in the Springdale Hospital in 1990.    She had many illnesses that caused her problems throughout her life as I remember it.  Dad’s father also had diabetes and died at too young an age from Lung Cancer.  Dad’s mother died from liver cancer in 2006.  Mom’s father died in 2004 after several weeks of illness.

Among the various aunts, uncles, and great-aunts and uncles, there have been many cases of cancer, diabetes, and arthritis to name a few of the diseases.  Our family doesn’t seem to get to live easy lives but we do persevere and most of us find ways to enjoy our lives regardless of our set of illnesses.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.

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FGS Conference 2009 – Time to Go Home, But not before a little site-seeing in Little Rock

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. In 2009, I was able to attend a National Genealogy Conference: The FGS Passages Through Time that was held in Little Rock that year. I really enjoyed my vacation that year.

This post appeared originally on my blog on September 9, 2009.

Today, the conference is over!  It has been a great week!  I really needed a complete break from everything and I got it this week!  A week of great genealogy tips and meeting some wonderful new friends!

Before leaving town, I decided to do a little site-seeing.  I planned on visiting the Little Rock Zoo and the Clinton Museum.  I managed to sneak in a visit to the Central High Museum as well.

 

 

 

 

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History: Week #10 – Disasters

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. This post is from the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History blogging prompts series.

This post appeared originally on my blog on Mar 13, 2011.

Week 10: Disasters. Did you experience any natural disasters in your lifetime? Tell us about them. If not, then discuss these events that happened to parents, grandparents or others in your family.

I am a bit late with my post on Disasters but here it is anyway:

There have been many tornadoes and thunderstorms and winter storms throughout my life but none of them played any significant part in my life or how I lived it.   I know that storms can be devastating but they haven’t hit me or my family that I know of to a degree that would really change our lives.  Thunderstorms and Tornadoes are a common occurrence in Arkansas so the threat is always there but you come to expect them and as long as they don’t destroy your home or kill or hurt one of your family you just try to live your life without really considering them.  Storms have destroyed some property and so forth but none of the family has been seriously injured or killed by a natural disaster.

As a kid, when we lived in Green Forest, we did spend some interesting hours in the storm cellar of my aunt and uncle while all the adults would stand outside and watch for the storm to pass overhead.  I don’t really remember a lot of fear at those times, it was more of an inconvenience to me than anything else to have to go to the storm cellar but I know that my Mom was more afraid of the storms.  I use to have fun talking with the cousins and playing with the toys we would always grab to take down there.  The only thing I used to worry about was being in the cellar – I have always been a little claustrophobic and when they would shut the door it would really bother me.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.

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FGS Conference 2009

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. In 2009, I was able to attend a National Genealogy Conference: The FGS Passages Through Time that was held in Little Rock that year. I really enjoyed my vacation that year.

This post appeared originally on my blog on September 4, 2009.

Peabody Ducks and Research at the State Archives at the Arkansas History Commission

Today, I watched the ducks at their 11am March.  This is a site not to be missed if you are in Little Rock near the Peabody!  After watching the ducks, I took a few minutes and went to the State Archives at the Arkansas History Commission and did a little research!  I found a few items that will be added to my genealogy files soon!

The staff of the Arkansas History Commission were very helpful and very welcoming!  A first-rate research location!

The Arkansas History Commission is next to the State Capital building so I got a few photos of the Capital Mall.

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FGS Conference 2009 – Statehouse Museum

A little of my personal history:  My trip to the FGS National Genealogy Society that was held in Little Rock in 2009.

Post Originally Published Sep. 3, 2009

Today, I visited the Statehouse Museum, to the west of the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock.  It was wonderful to stand on the steps of the Old Statehouse where Governor Bill Clinton gave his victory speech upon becoming President-Elect Bill Clinton.  The sense of history in the Old Statehouse is almost overwhelming!

Here are a few photos from my visit.  I took over 200 but I am sharing a few of my favorites below.

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At The FGS Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive.  In 2009, I was able to attend a National Genealogy Conference:  The FGS Passages Through Time that was held in Little Rock that year.  I really enjoyed my vacation that year.

This post appeared originally on my blog on September 2, 2009.

Hi Everyone,

I am currently attending the FGS Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. It has been a wonderful couple of days so far. I arrived last night and attended the first session on developing a research plan. It was extremely interesting and offered some good tips!

Today, I attended several sessions on using a society’s website and marketing a society as well as a couple of researching techniques classes. I have met many people from all over the state and am having a great time!

Tonight, I attended the Arkansas Naturals vs the Arkansas Travelers Baseball Game.  Being from Fayetteville, I had to cheer for the Naturals but the Travelers ended up winning the game!  I had a wonderful time at the game just relaxing with people from the conference.

Wish you were here!

Kellie

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History: Week #9 – Sounds

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. This post is from the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History blogging prompts series.

This post appeared originally on my blog on Feb 27, 2011.

Week 9: Sounds.  Describe any sounds that take you back to your childhood. These could be familiar songs, jingles, children playing, or something entirely different.

Sounds is kind of a tough one for me but here is my entry.    Some of the sounds I remember are the sounds of music and TV shows.  There is the sound of the bionic man and woman from their TV shows!

The music of Elvis and the great Country Stars of the 1970s.   The theme from Cheers.  The meows of our cats as we lived through the years.

The sound of birds on an early spring morning as I walking to school.  The sound of water on the lake as we were fishing or camping.  The sound of the twigs crackling in the campfire.

The sound of my brother learning to play the saxophone in junior high.

The music that plays in the background of Pac-Man and other video games.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History: Week #8 – Technology

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. This post is from the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History blogging prompts series.

This post appeared originally on my blog on Feb 27, 2011.

Week 8: Technology.  What are some of the technological advances that happened during your childhood? What types of technology to you enjoy using today, and which do you avoid?

I missed week 8 too but here is my entry for Technology:

Technology exploded during my childhood.  From the time I was a little girl until now there has been incredible progress in every area of scientific exploration!  It is sometimes completely unimaginable to me how things were when I was a little girl compared to the technology that is available to my niece and nephews and the information explosion that has taken place in that time.

When I was first born, the United States had not sent a man to the moon!  Pluto was still a planet and computers were computation devices that took up rooms and processed punch cards to store data.  Now a computer that would have taken up a complete floor of a very large building is not held in your hand as a cell phone.  As a little girl, we got only about 20 or so channels and our TV didn’t have a remote control (that was something that was shown on TV  as an advance for the distant future on Star Trek!).  Although parents did have remote controls in the form of children who got up to change the channels for them!

I was in high school the first time I ever used a computer.   It was an APPLE that was programmed in BASIC programming language.  The program had to be retyped into the computer anytime that the computer was turned off or rebooted.  I also worked on a word processing device in high school in my typing class.

When I was in college was when I really started to use computers.  I was a junior in college when I got my first home computer.  I bought it used and got a virus on it the very first weekend!  It had a newer operating system on it than I had access to so I had to call the guy I bought it from and beg for a copy of his operating system startup disk so that I could get back into the files I had already loaded onto the computer!  It was a tremendous buy at the time $700 and it had 4MB of storage memory (Hard drive space!).  I thought it would surely see me through the rest of college and that it would probably even see my brother and sister through college!

I got my second computer about 2-3 years later and it had more storage memory (probably a few hundred MB) and the operating system was on 25 or so 3 1/2 inch disks.  I again thought that would be a computer that lasted for probably 10-20 years.

I have since been through at least 5 computers after that.  Now I use a laptop that has 3GB of RAM memory and 150GB of Memory storage.  Dad is now using a laptop with 4GB of RAM and a 320 GB Harddrive!  Mom has a netbook!  My Brother and Sister and their families all use computers.  In fact, my youngest nephew who is four years old spent time playing games on the old laptop the other day and one of his favorite things for me to do with him is show him the videos of Volcanoes we find on the internet.

The internet was just beginning to come into its own while I was in college.  Chat boards and AOL Chat rooms, Instant messaging and email were just becoming widely used.

When I was in high school and I had to do a paper on some subject, I had to go to the library and search through numerous reference books and encyclopedias to find the information for my report. It was usually at a least several years old.  Now, when my niece and nephews have to do a report, they look on the internet and find the information!  My oldest nephew who is 10 does his presentations on PowerPoint.  My niece has her own cell phone!  My nephews want cell phones!  I didn’t get my first cell phone until I was in college!

When my niece and nephews have a sporting event or a school program I go and take photos and videos and I can post them on Facebook for all the family to see within minutes from my cell phone!  My mom would take photos and go get them developed and we could look at them a week or so later!  The grandparents would be lucky to see them a month or so later!

The advances in technology especially in computers make my genealogy research possible!  I can only do my genealogy on weekends and evenings because I work all day during the week.  Without the records available on the internet I would make little progress but with the internet I have added generations and hundreds of records!

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.

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