I Never Knew . . . .

As a kid growing up, I knew very few of my cousins.  In fact, I can recall meeting just three of them, all on my mother’s side, before I turned eighteen years old.  This was a consequence of the fact that our military family lived in places far away from where my parents grew up.  I used to wonder sometimes …Continue reading →

The Grand Genealogy Journey 2010 (Virtual Edition) Starts Anew

Believe it or don’t, but it’s been three years since the Big Train Trip.  I’m really ready to go again, but circumstances currently won’t allow that.  So we started to lay out our virtual genealogical dream trip traveling via Amtrak and other conveyances.  We ran into a set of difficulties soon after the beginning of the trip.  As a result, …Continue reading →

Why I Blog–Reason No. 1 and Reason No. 776,002

Several weeks ago, in a post called Happy Dance Days are Here Again, I posted some photographs. The photos were of Frank Gines and his wife Willie V. Cole Gines, and their children. Frank Gines (1883-1946) was a son of Richard William Gines (1860-?) and Sylvia LeJay Gines (1863-1940). One of Frank’s younger brothers was my grandfather, William Edward Gines …Continue reading →

"We’re Not Related . . . ."

I was listening to a news story about two government officials with the same surname. The news reader ended the piece by saying, “The two men are not related.” How often have you heard that? Or how often have you said “Oh, we’re not related?” Consider what that phrase might mean: 1. “We know we’re not siblings.” 2. “We don’t …Continue reading →

Cousins, Cousins, Cousins!

I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been meeting cousins and probable cousins left and right! This morning I got an e-mail from a probable Gines cousin in Biloxi, Mississippi. Hope to hear back from him–I don’t know anything, but seriously want to know–about the Gines family in Mississippi.

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