Texas


A Bit About the Bayou City: Houston, Texas

This isn’t a full-blown essay about Houston . . .but the city has come to mind several times over the past few weeks.  And that gave me an insight into genealogical research. Houston is home to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (“Mission Control”) and the renowned M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and The University of Texas Health Science Center At …Continue reading →

Women’s History Month: Oveta Culp Hobby

“Journalist, Business Leader, Public Servant”   Oveta Culp Hobby (1905-1995) was one of most recognized women of the 1940s through the 1980s. Born in 1905 in Killeen, Bell County, Texas, by the age of 25 she had earned a law degree and was both the Assistant City Attorney in Houston and the parliamentarian of the  Texas House of Representatives. But …Continue reading →

Genealogical Reconnaisance in Central Texas

Last month,  being Family History Month, seemed like a good time to head for the ancestral homelands in central Texas.  The fact that I was speaking at an American Bar Association thingie in Austin was completely coincidental. Longtime readers of this journal (if there are any out there!) will recall that in 1884, my great-great-grandmother and her son Otis went …Continue reading →

Rockdale, Texas

If it seems like years pass between my journeys into the ancestral homelands, well, that’s because it’s true.  My first trip “back home” was in 2005 when I went to Upson County, Georgia.   My second trip was in 2007 to Kansas City.   Now, I’m headed for Rockdale, Texas!  I leave tomorrow at noon. Rockdale is a town in Milam …Continue reading →

My Families in the 1940 Census, Part II

Once the indexing was completed I set about trying to find my families by name in the 1940 census. I concentrated on what I consider to be my four main lines: Manson, Gines, Bowie, and Bryant. My results were somewhat underwhelming. Gines family: I’ve already mentioned that I found my maternal grandmother and some of her children but that their …Continue reading →

My Families in the 1940 Census

I was excited as anyone when  the 1940 census was released. I immediately went to work trying to find my families. I was a volunteer indexer through FamilySearch.org and I enjoyed that experience immensely.  It was great to be part of a worldwide network of people working towards the same goal. During the period of time before the indexing was …Continue reading →

A Second Monroe Bryant Potentially Opens A Nasty Door

Second of three parts When last we met we learned from Monroe Bryant how not to volunteer for military service. Around the same time that Monroe Bryant had stolen money from the Navy recruiting office in Corpus Christi, Texas, the FBI (then known as the Bureau of Investigation) conducted a sweep of so-called “draft delinquents” in San Antonio. Among the …Continue reading →

Monroe Bryant, 1901-1953, Would-be Soldier

First of two three parts I’ve written in the past about my great-uncle, Monroe Bryant, born in Rockport, Texas, in 1901.  Monroe was an alcoholic drifter, who traveled around the United States, taking odd jobs here and there, occasionally returning to Rockport with tales of his adventures.  One day, my father asked, almost rhetorically, “I wonder whatever happened to Monroe?” …Continue reading →

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 →

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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