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 →


Veterans Day

In Appreciation: Veterans Day 2007 In 1954, Congress and President Eisenhower re-designated Armistice Day as Veterans Day to honor all veterans, living and dead. My uncle, Richard Edward Gines, served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Forces at the end of World War II. Following his discharge, he continued his education at New York University. He then was …Continue reading →


My Families’ Weddings

She’s there every morning, watching me, this pretty teenager. Her eyes dipped slightly, confident yet demure; slender and shy. She grips a rosary in her hands. A long veil falls down her back to the floor where it merges with the pool that is the train of her dress. She watches me, this teenager from across the room, from across …Continue reading →


Confirming & Debunking Family Myths, Legends and Lore

I have a host of family legends that I have not been able to entirely confirm or debunk. Legend #1: My gg-grandmother, Sarah Gilbert Johnson, was an Indian. I haven’t found any evidence that she was, mainly because I’ve found no evidence of her except an entry in the Clay County (Mo.) marriage records and one census record. Family members …Continue reading →



Yesterday, we reported here the death of Brooke Astor, the former Roberta Brooke Russell, at age 105. I noticed also yesterday that the world’s oldest person, 114 year-old Yone Minagawa, had died in Japan. According to the Census Bureau, in the year 2000, the United States had 50,454 persons over the age of 100, out of a total population of …Continue reading →


A Kansas City Follies Girl, c. 1920

Annie Florida Corrine Long She later was known as Florida C. Gines, my grandmother. Coming Up: Research Trips–The “Don’t-Overs”


Mom’s Diamond Jubilee

Mom & Dad, 2003 This week, my mother will celebrate her 75th birthday. Seems like just yesterday we were marking her mother’s 75th birthday. That was 1977 and my mother then was younger (by almost a decade) than I am now. How does that happen? Tick, tock! Tick, tock! Mom was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Her father, Eddie Gines, …Continue reading →


Thanks Again, Missouri

I really believe in giving credit where credit is due. On May 20, 2007, I wrote to the Missouri State Archives to request copies of the original log of death certificates concerning Eliza Jane Long (died 1885) and Pauline Long (died 1886). My requests were received on May 24, 2007. On June 4, 2007, I received a notice from the …Continue reading →


Creative GeneaBlogie

I don’t know much about the creative talents in my family. I don’t doubt that there was and is a lot of creativity in the family. But I suspect that folks just didn’t let the lamp out from the bushel basket until recent generations. Here are a few: The Dancer: Annie Florida Corrine LongAll she ever wanted to be was …Continue reading →


You Say Regetha, I Say Rozetta

Over the last few days, I’ve been examining the family of my great-grandfather James William Long (1866-1945). When I first described his parents and siblings from the 1870 census of Shawnee, Kansas, I identified his then-two year old sister as “Regetha.” I was reading the names from an image provided by a certain large Utah-based company. I then accessed the …Continue reading →

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