Great Service from Seattle!

All I can say is WOW! A few days ago, actually on June 4, 2008, at about 10 p.m., to be precise about it, I ordered a death certificate from the Washington State Department of Health in Seattle. It was the death certificate of one Velma B. Dervin, who died in Seattle in 1993. I wanted to confirm that this …Continue reading →


Carnival of Genealogy: Gulf Coast Summer 1962

Right: Craig and The World’s Smartest Sister at the beach in Rockport, Texas, August 1962. As far as I recall, my first time at a beach was in the summer of 1962. Later that year, at age 8, I did my first major writing project. It’s presented here just as it was written 46 years ago, including photographs (the notes …Continue reading →


Where Were They in 1808?

Awhile ago, the challenge issued by Lisa was to describe where one’s ancestors were in 1908. I blogged about that here. Now the topic is where one’s ancestors were in 1808. Many bloggers have written about this already; I’m just getting caught up. 1808 was a signal year for some of my families. That was the year that Congress banned …Continue reading →


Where Was Your Family in 1908?

Lisa, who has the energy to write several interesting blogs, posed the question, “Where was your family in 1908?” on, appropriately enough, her 100 Years in America blog. A century ago, neither of my paternal grandparents had been born yet, although one, my grandmother Jessie Beatrice Bowie, was just a year away. Her parents, my great-grandparents, Hattie Bryant and Elias …Continue reading →


Insomnia + Ancestor = Great New Idea?

For awhile now, I’ve been thinking about how to combine my expertise in law with my passion for genealogy and history. Until early this morning, I hadn’t hit the right formula. But I awoke for some reason at 3:00 am and tried hard to get back to sleep. When nothing seemed to work, I just let my mind wander. I …Continue reading →


Carnival: The First Black NASCAR Driver

I was thinking of sitting out this Carnival because I couldn’t come up with anything appropriately funny or foolish about my family. That’s not say there isn’t any funny or foolish about my family . . . just nothing I thought would be interesting or publishable. But Jasia’s story about her mother learning to drive reminded me of a couple …Continue reading →

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