July, 2008


A Great Weekend

I’m just now back from a great weekend at Lake Tahoe, where I performed the civil wedding ceremony of two great young people, Christopher and Melissa, both in their early thirties. The ceremony was outdoors on the very shore of the Lake, with the Sierra as the backdrop. About thirty minutes before the ceremony, a nervous Melissa fretted that the …Continue reading →

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Happy 55th Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

My parents celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary this weekend. Here’s a recent photo of them, but for a glimpse at their wedding in Houston, Texas, in 1953, see the Carnival post on weddings here. [Updated 7/18/08, 10:15 PDT to add photo. Blogger was having an upload problem earlier. Previous post deleted]

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Happy Anniversary to The World’s Smartest Sister and Husband!

The World’s Smartest Sister and her husband mark five years of marriage this weekend. By the time they catch up with our parents (see post above), they’ll be over 100 years old!

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Hookin’ Up

I have in my computer a number of databases, some for my family, some for families of friends, some for families of folks who’ve asked me to research a particular issue. This weekend, I get to participate in linking two of the databases together as I officiate at the wedding of two thirtysomethings at Lake Tahoe. (As a former California …Continue reading →

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Carnival of Genealogy: 106 Years in America–And More!

One ancestor I’m really trying to learn more about is my great-great-grandfather William (“Billie”) Sanford. He was born in 1809 in Virginia and died in 1916 in Texas at the age of 106! A book I read says that he is the oldest person buried in the “colored” section of the Old City Cemetery in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas. (170 …Continue reading →

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A Surprise Using FamilySearch’s Record Search

I have been enamored of FamilySearch Labs’ Record Search since it first came online. I like the interface and the presentation of information. I just wish there were more records available. To help toward that goal, I’ve spent a fair amount of time on transcribing records on FamilySearch Indexing. Recently, I was running names through the Texas Death Certificate database. …Continue reading →

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A Memorable Visit

In my Jamboree posts the week before last, I alluded to a special mission I had attended to as part of my trip to Southern California. I took part of the time I was there to meet my father’s step-mother. I never knew that my father had a step-mother, as such, until the last few years, or so it seems …Continue reading →

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Back From . . . .

Well, I return and find . . . . my mailbox is full of Facebook “Friend” requests! That’s kinda nice! Thanks, y’all! And I also found in the snail mail two boxes of photos from a relative in the Midwest–six more are coming! I can’t wait. There’s a lot to tell this weekend on GeneaBlogie . . . so stay …Continue reading →

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No Posts Here ‘Til Next Week! Have A Great Fourth!

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U.S. Surgeon General’s Family History Initiative

Perhaps three or four years ago, the U.S. Surgeon General launched a “Family History Initiative.” I first came across it a few weeks ago. The Surgeon General’s Website says this: Health care professionals have known for a long time that common diseases – heart disease, cancer, and diabetes – and even rare diseases – like hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, and sickle …Continue reading →

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