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My 8th Blogiversary

Today is the 8th Blogiversary of my blog!  It is hard to believe that I have been blogging for 8 years now.  I am still using WordPress for my blogging platform.

I hope you are still enjoying my blog and my genealogy information as much as I enjoy creating them.

Below is the post from my 3rd Blogiversary!

Originally published on  Feb 15, 2013.

Today is my third blogiversary!!

I began my genealogy research over twenty years ago now. There have been periods of days, weeks, or even months when I haven’t done any genealogy research but I always seem to keep coming back to genealogy to find just a little more information on those who have gone before me.

I have had a website to show my genealogy for the vast majority of the time I have been doing genealogy. At first, I used direct coding to get my website online. Later, I tried various online websites and software programs to create my website. I used those methods to both display my actual genealogy information and to share my discoveries and to discuss how I found them.

Then in 2010, I discovered WordPress! I enjoy using WordPress to create my website. It makes it much easier to share my genealogy discoveries and my joy at the discoveries.

I hope that my blog readers have enjoyed reading my blog for the past three years as much as I have enjoyed writing them! More to visit come in the next year!!


Vern and Venna (Stansell) Thompson Marriage Record

Name Vern Thompson
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 23 Aug 1921
Event Place , Madison, Arkansas, United States
Registration Place , Madison County, Arkansas
Residence Place Whorton, Madison, Arkansas
Gender Male
Age 33
Birth Year (Estimated) 1888
Spouse’s Name Venie Stansell
Spouse’s Residence Place Whorton, Madison, Arkansas
Spouse’s Residence City Whorton
Spouse’s Residence County Madison
Spouse’s Residence State Arkansas
Spouse’s Gender Female
Spouse’s Age 18
Spouse’s Birth Year (Estimated) 1903
Page 127

Citation “Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch( : 4 November 2017), Vern Thompson and Venie Stansell, 23 Aug 1921; citing , Madison, Arkansas, United States, county offices, Arkansas; FHL microfilm 1,035,152.


Bronchitis has interrupted my blogging!

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 December 2, 2010.

I have had bronchitis this week and been unable to blog.  I will hopefully be back to my daily blogging schedule by the weekend!

I am able to breathe almost normally today so hopefully the worst is over!


Johnny says Grace or Not!

Originally Published February 10, 2012.

Say A Prayer?

Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother’s house.  Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served.  When Little Johnny received his plate, he started eating right away.  “Johnny!  Please wait until we say our prayer,” said his mother.  “I don’t need to,” the boy replied.  “Of course, you do,” his mother insisted.  “We always say a prayer before eating at our house.”  “That’s at our house,” Johnny explained.  “But this is Grandma’s house and she knows how to cook.”


via Eastside Missionary Baptist Church | 325 N Crossover Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas.



Blogging Interrupted Again: In the Hospital For a Week

Originally Published December 16, 2010.

Well, I started back to blogging after my bronchitis and setup my posts for most of last week.

Then, my leg started hurting.  I really thought it was muscle cramps!  I called the doctor thinking he could give me some muscle relaxers to stop the pain.

But, he had me come in to see him.  Then, sent me for a Doppler screening.  I had a blood clot in my right leg.  I was admitted to Springdale Hospital and spent most of last week there getting blood thinners.

This week, I have been recuperating so no blogging.  However, I hope to get back to my regular blogging schedule this weekend.



Knee Surgery Actually Happened!

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. Back in 2010, I was preparing to have surgery to repair the torn meniscus in my knee.

This post appeared originally on my blog on October 22, 2010.

Well I was able to actually have my knee surgery this past Friday!  I remember going into the operating room, an oxygen mask being put on my face, and the anesthesiologist saying she was going to give me some medicine – Then I wake up in the recovery room!  That is the way it should go!

I have physical therapy 3 times a week now and it seems to be helping my knee recover.  The therapists say that I have a greater range of motion than most people do a week after surgery so I am happy!

Back to the office next week!


A Look Back to 2010: Knee surgery on for Next Friday!

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. Back in 2010, I was preparing to have surgery to repair the torn meniscus in my knee.

This post appeared originally on my blog on October 8, 2010.

Well I went for my pre-op today and so far, my knee surgery is on for next Friday!  Hopefully, everything will go as scheduled and it will be done then!


2017: 6 months in!

6 months have come and gone in 2017.  The first half of 2017 has been a roller coaster of emotions and events for my family.  My family has had several health concerns during the first few months and then my brother-in-law died in May.  It has been a very painful time for my family but the support and caring of friends and family has been a comfort to us all.

I have spent the last couple of weeks with my family and that has been my priority as it should be.  My sister and nephews are doing well under the circumstances.  I will be back to blogging in the next few days.


5 Weeks Using the Best Self-Journal

Well I have been using the Self Journal from Best Self Co as a digital planner on my IPad for the past 5 weeks.  I have completed over 1/3 of my journal and I am still finding it useful to plan my days!

I downloaded the journal as a PDF file from the website and I modified it to remove the page numbers and I converted it to separate the two page spreads into separate pages. Using the zoom features of my IPad I am able to write large and then when I zoom back to the regular view, my handwriting is neat and legible!

I thought that I probably wouldn’t use the gratitude section very much but I find it helps set the tone for the day when I start off the day thinking of what I am grateful to have in my life.  It makes the day seem brighter and better! Even when I wake up feeling bad, thinking of the three things I am thankful for that morning makes everything just a little bit better which leads a more productive and better-feeling day!  It is allowing me to find the bright spots of my life and concentrate on them instead of always thinking about everything that has or could go wrong!

I have also noticed that it is helping me to be more productive!  I am concentrating on the things that matter to me and not just tasks to keep me busy.

I have had to readjust my goals for this journal.  I started with goals that would be impossible to complete within the thirteen weeks.  I tend to over-schedule and then I am surprised when I am unable to complete everything in just a few weeks!  I am taking sometime this week to rethink my goals and to be more realistic in what I can actually get done within the time frame!  I am rewriting my goals to reflect what I actually want to get done and what is actually important to me instead of just what I think should be important to me.  The Self-Journal is helping me to really think about my goals and what I want in life!

I have also started time-blocking and using a timer to use the Pomodoro method to keep me from procrastinating and to help me maintain my focus.  These things are helping me to get actual focused working time even in an environment of interruptions and distractions!  I am able to keep focused when I know I have a break coming up soon to take care of whatever is distracting me at the moment.

My journey to an organized person is continuing!  More updates to come soon.