65th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy: The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is: “The Happy Dance. The Joy of Genealogy. Almost everyone has experienced it. Tell us about the first time, or the last time, or the best time. What event, what document, what special find has caused you to stand up and cheer, to go crazy with joy? If you haven’t ever done the Happy Dance, tell us what you think it would take for you to do so.”
I really wasn’t sure what I was going to write about for this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. Lately, I’ve had some interesting leads turn up, but as exciting as that has been, I’m still tracking down the information — so no Happy Dance there.
Then just today, something happened! I discovered photographs that for ages I had been hoping to find. I’d decided that I’d never see any such photographs, that they didn’t exist. But suddenly, here they were! Cue the music!
I won’t say how or where I found these because you wouldn’t believe it. You wouldn’t believe that in my years of doing this work, I had failed to look in one obvious place. It’s a place that I see about every other day, yet I never went in there until last night. You’d be saying, “How could you have overlooked or disregarded that?!” So don’t worry where I found this evidence; please just join me in my Happy Dance!
The photos below are of the Frank Gines family of Nacogdoches, Texas. Frank Gines (1883-1946) was born in Louisiana. He was the son of Richard William Gines (see immediately preceding post) and Sylvia LeJay. He was my grandfather’s oldest brother. Frank married Willie V. Cole in the early twentieth century and they moved from Louisiana to Nacogdoches, Texas. They had eight children, all of whom are depicted here.
The pictures were part of a single original piece owned by my cousin Tamara Curl-Green of Houston, Texas. They are displayed here with her permission.
I was excited to find them because they bring me a step closer to finding out more about Richard William Gines, who’s proven to be one of my most elusive ancestors. I will really party when I find a photograph of him!
January 28, 2009 Wednesday at 7:34 pm