April, 2009


The UPS Man Cometh

Finally!  Back in January, I ordered from Amzaon.com the book, Biographical & Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana, originally published in 1890 by Southern Publishing Co.   For several months, I kept getting notices from Amazon that shipping would delayed and they would give a date range during which it would ship.  All truned out to wrong until the last notice, which …Continue reading →

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Memorial Monday

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The Mailman Cometh

“Was there anything in the mail today?” I ask. “Yeah, a lot of stuff.  But nothing really exciting,” she replies.  “It’s there on the table.” I look there on the table, and wade through the usual bills, sales flyers, charitable solicitations, junk mail disguised as first class mail, until I finally come to a big brown envelope marked “Louisiana Secretary …Continue reading →

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Credit Where Credit is Due

Our motto here at GeneaBlogie is “Learn, Share, En joy, Appreciate!” To which we often add, “Express Gratitude!”  Today, I am grateful for the following: In early February, I went on the site Find-A-Grave.com to update some family grave postings there.  While I was there, I thought it would be nice to add photographs of two gravesites in particular:  those …Continue reading →

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My DNA Adventure, Part II: The Search for Sarah Gilbert

When last we met, I had been going over the results of my DNA submission to the DNAAncestry.com project.  Frankly, nothing I saw came as any huge surprise.   My Y-DNA places my ancient ancestry in West Africa; my mtDNA  also seems to be grounded in West  Africa. There were three “exact matches” on my mtDNA results.  All three of …Continue reading →

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An Overdue Visit to the Cemetery

While I was in San Jose over the weekend, I went with my parents to visit the grave of my grandfather, Quentin Vennis Harold Manson, who died in 1987.  He was 74 years old at the time.  When he died, I was stationed far away in the Air Force and could not attend the funeral.  Somehow, over the years, I …Continue reading →

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An Impromptu Family Reunion

A number of unusual circumstances came together this past weekend and the result was an impromptu family reunion at the San Jose home of The World’s Smartest Sister.  All of my parents’ children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren showed up!

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A Texas Uncle Keeps On Driving

My great-uncle Herman Walker was born in 1906 in Taft, San Patricio County, Texas.   His parents were Hattie Bryant (1888-1944) and Toby Walker (1878-?). He graduated from high school in Rockport, Texas and then attended Paul Quinn College, which was then located in Waco, Texas. He later moved to Houston where he was the chef at the renowned Ye Olde …Continue reading →

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“He is not here . . . He has risen!” Mark 16:6 As He rose from a tomb of stone, He allows us to rise from our hearts of stone.

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My DNA Adventure, Part 1

There’s much to be said about DNA testing in genealogy, but most of it is best said by Blaine Bettinger on his blog, The Genetic Genealogist, which  I highly recommend.  So please visit there soon.  But for now, I’d like to describe my recent experience with Ancestry.com’s DNA offering. I got in on one of Ancestry’s DNA “sales” where the …Continue reading →

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