This photo is of my dad as a small boy holding a chicken. Perhaps more than any other single item or event, the discovery of this photo has led my genealogy work.
This photo was in a box with hundreds of other family photos that my grandmother had. Some of the photos she had taken, some had come to her from her mother and father and some even from their parents. Their were many documents and newspaper article clippings. There were obituaries, tax records, and deeds.
Most of the photos were just loose in with the other papers and almost none of them had names or any identification on them. But this photo did – the back of the photo says "Buster holding chicken". Buster was my dad’s nickname when he was a small boy.
I couldn’t stand it – the photos of all my ancestors were loose in a box with no identification whatsoever but the chicken is identified!! I vowed right then and there to find the names for the other photos. At least, they deserve the same respect as the chicken!!
I have made some progress. Many of the photos in my genealogy area are from those boxes or the equally unidentified photos from my mother’s mothers boxes of photos and papers! The unidentified photos are also included as I try to get them identified!
Events on November 11
Sherman Treat (buried 2004)
Viola Treat (died 1930)
Joseph A. Barnes (born 1914)
Elsie L. Reynolds (born 1906)
Louisa Meltida Clementine “Clema” Barnes (born 1887)
Harriet L. C. Stansell (born 1861)
Ancestry is introducing a new labs area where users can try out new developments on Ancestry’s site. The blog post about the new labs area is at http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2010/10/18/we%e2%80%99re-launching-ancestry-com-labs-%e2%80%93-and-we%e2%80%99d-love-your-feedback/.
So far, I like the look of the new person area but I will see more once I do some actual research using the area. So far, I only viewed the area for a few minutes in a sort of test..
Today, I found a new utility for my genealogy software called On This Day from John Cardinal. The software shows me a list of events that occurred for family members on this day in whatever year. I am going to publish a post each day that shows the happenings of my family members On This Day.
Let me know what you think of the posts!
Events on November 10
Mary S. F. E. Branscum (died 1910)
Samuel O. Womack (born 1910)
William Thompson & Arreve Waggonner (married 1865)
Gemima A. Bolinger (born 1860)
Alexander Waggonner & Cynthia Roe (married 1839)
I found a link to a list of articles and websites that I found interesting or familiar
about doing things the “old time way.” This list is on the Madison County Arkansas Website at http://www.theaurorareview.com/madcounty/oldtimeways.htm. Some interesting stuff there!