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My Teachers: Theodora Cooper (Gold Edition)

Last week, technical difficulties prevented us from presenting this post in full. We now run it in its entirety.   Mrs. Cooper was my fourth grade teacher. I remember her (from the vantage point of a half century past) as an “older” woman with graying hair that probably had been blonde. Of course, as a fourth grader, I had no …Continue reading →

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My Teachers: An Occasional Series

A few months ago, I discovered that my elementary school has an “alumni page” on Facebook. People were posting about their various experiences in grade school and of course, about the teachers. Frequently expressed sentiments included “I wonder where Mrs. X is today?” or “I wish I could get in touch with Mr. Y.” It was great fun sharing memories …Continue reading →

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On this King Holiday, Some Personal Memories

Half a century ago, in 1961, my family lived in West Germany (a name of a state now washed away  by history), as my father, an Army captain at the time, finished a tour of duty there. It was time for him, in Armyspeak, to “rotate back to CONUS” (i.e., to return to the continental United States). By early summer, …Continue reading →

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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 →

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Nana’s 100th Anniversary

JESSIE BEATRICE BOWIE 1909-1973 Jessie Beatrice Bowie was my paternal grandmother.  She was born in San Antonio, Texas, on January 11, 1909.  She was the daughter of Elias Bowie, Sr.(1874-1970) and Hattie Bryant (1888-1944). Hattie had been  born on the Texas Gulf Coast.  After a brief marriage at age 15 and another relationship, she headed for San Antonio with her …Continue reading →

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A New Rabbit: Santa Fe’s African American Graveyard Rabbit

This new blog by the estimable George Geder can be found at http://africanancestryinsantafecemeteries.blogspot.com/. George poses this interesting question: “How many African Americans are buried in Santa Fe, New Mexico? Who are they? What are their stories?” His answers no doubt will fascinate and educate us. Check it out!

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Armed Forces Day

Today is Armed Forces Day. Curiously, Armed Forces Day seems over the years to have diminished in importance. There may be several reasons for that. It’s on a Saturday, not a Monday, so people aren’t as aware of it as they used to be. Then as security has gotten tighter, many military installations which formerly opened their doors to the …Continue reading →

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"Open" State Vital Records: The Bad and the Ugly

One of Several Posts about Open Government Laws and Genealogy Previously, we spotlighted several states that are particularly “genealogy-friendly” concerning access to state vital records. Now we wade into the swamp of vital records-access horribles. At the edge of the swamp are states that have unreasonably long (100 years or more for birth records; more than fifty years for death …Continue reading →

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Good-bye to A Great Friend

The Albuquerque Tribune died yesterday after a long illness. It was 86 years old. The Tribune was born in 1922 as Magee’s Independent, a weekly sheet. Its midwife and first editor was an Oklahoma City transplant named Carlton Cole Magee (1873-1946). Magee was a lawyer who later invented the parking meter. Magee went after government corruption aggressively. He wrote a …Continue reading →

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My Trilingual Christmases

Geneablogger footnoteMaven has started a Christmas caroling meme. I’ve mentioned before that part of my childhood was spent in Germany. I went to a German school for part of that time and we had a German nanny. I was immersed in the culture and language at an early age. And Christmas in Germany became one of my favorite times and …Continue reading →

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