Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead & irritate the living....


Surnames: Calaway, Dunn, Evans, Johnson, Lindsey, Rollins, Short & Williams


States: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, S. Carolina, Tennessee, Texas

Monday, February 23, 2009

Plan a Trip to a Cemetery.....

If you are like me, you have a few favorite venues that you like to do your research in....such as the Federal Census', Military Records, Death/Birth Certificates, etc. And we tend to get in a rut, so to speak. Being a creature of habit, we search the same records over & over again it seems. Which isn't a bad thing by any means....goodness knows I will spot something new in record's that I've looked at a million times before. Yet, as I said we get in a rut & tend to not spread out as much as we should in our research, tending to overlook venues that are just sitting there holding loads of useful information.

One of those venues that some will overlook is a cemetery! Hard to believe, but visiting a cemetery, that you have kin folks buried in, can be a genealogist dream. Those of you who have been a genealogy junkie for a while, will know what I'm talking about. And maybe any of you who are new to the world of genealogy will have a new venue to check out now. You can find birth/death/marriage dates, full names, spouse's name, parents names, children names, etc. Not that you are going to find all of that on each/every headstone, but some have been known to have all of that on them.

Just a couple of months ago, we made a trip down to one of the cemetery's that we have family buried in & couldn't believe all the "new" information I was able to discover that day. Plus, I don't know how to say this without it coming out as I'm a morbid type of person (which I'm not, by the way....lol), but I kinda felt closer to the relatives by being there. Up to then, most of them had just been a name I had down on my family tree. Now they were more real to me by me being with them at their last resting place.

Also on that trip I learned a couple of things that I wanted to pass on so you don't make the same mistakes that I did.

1. You'll definitely want to take your camera to capture a photo of their headstone. One thing I learned is to take the biggest/highest resolution of a photo that you can with your camera. I thought I would play it smart & take a small photo so I wouldn't run out of space on my camera's memory card. Big Mistake.... As I said, take the biggest/highest resolution photo that you can. You can always re-size a photo down but you can't always re-size a photo up!

2. Take your laptop with you if you are lucky enough to have one. For two reasons this is a good idea. One is, if you "should" fill up your camera's memory card, just download your photos onto your laptop -- then delete those off of your memory card & carry on. Second reason to take your laptop is, if you should run into a situation where you need to do a look-up of a relative, you'll have your genealogy program with you.

3. Another good idea to do is to take a few tools/supplies along. By that I mean, a pair of gardening hand clippers would be good to have....in case the cemetery hasn't been taken care of & you need to clip back some of the growth/grass that might be covering up a grave marker. Also, take a soft brush (like a big paint brush) along. Many graves will have dirt & such on them & you'll want to brush it off to take your photo. A large garbage bag is good to have in the event the ground is wet & you need to get down on your hands/knees for cleaning the headstone or to take the photo. Don't forget to take a bottle of water, for drinking or to wash off a tombstone. One more thing that might come in handy is a big golfer's umbrella, if the sun is bright that day, you might need a way to block it from glaring on the tombstone. A lawn chair believe it or not. This will come in handy for taking some photos when you need to be at a certain angle. A spray bottle of water, this will be good to wet down a headstone (to bring out the engraving) if it is hard to read. A first-aid kit is always a good thing to have. You might be stung by a bee/wasp, cut yourself on one of the headstones, brush up against poison ivy.....just a lot of possibilities that might call for a first-aid kit. Roll of paper towels....they are always good to have along. FYI: Be sure & be on the look-out for Fire Ants! They are fast becoming a danger in our area (& the rest of the country) & are not to be messed with. I discovered several mounds of them up against the headstones in the cemetery I went to on my trip a while back.

4. If the cemetery is in a small town or way out in the country, think about taking a sack lunch. Believe me, you might be there longer than what you think. A trip to a cemetery is one that you don't want to rush through & take a chance of missing someone. Plus, taking a break to eat your lunch will give you time to re-evaluate your game plan & check to see who've found or haven't found yet. I wish I had done this on that trip we took. I could have sat down & took a closer look at the photos I had taken & discovered that some of them were out of focus & needed to be re-taken!!!

5. Be sure (& this is the most important hint of them all) to take someone with you! NEVER go along, sad to say nowadays it is never a good idea to go to a remote area by yourself. As well be sure to take a cell phone with you. Just as important also is to let someone know where you are going, the time frame you expect to be there AND the name/address of the cemetery. Play it safe...................

Hope any of you who have never been to a cemetery in your research, will plan a trip on some nice day in the future. I think you will be surprised in what you'll find & believe it or not, its a fun trip to take.

Later, Deb

One Last Thing....
One very important note to remember....never EVER do anything that might harm the cemetery &/or headstone(s). And please be respectful of where you are & act accordingly.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

A fellow Blogger, Terri ( The Ties That Binds ) awarded my site the Kreativ Blogger Award! WOW....I so was not expecting to be nominated for any award -- it totally took me by surprise, I swear. I just started my genealogy blog a short time ago & never expected to have many, if any, to actually read it, much less find what I had to say useful. Needless to say, it made my day & made me feel good that it has been helpful to some. :)

I'm supposed to nominate 7 other blogs for the award, but sad to say, I haven't been blogging long enough to follow many other blogs. I would like to nominate one though & that is R-Mary's Life in a Cordwood Cabin.


RULES: The rules are fairly simple.....
1. Copy the award to your site.
2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers.
4. Link to those sites on your blog.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominate

Later, Deb

Monday, February 16, 2009

Feel Lost & Need Help?

Ever get to a point where you wish you could just ask a quick question & get a bit of help? Or you found (finally) that death certificate on Great Uncle George that you've been searching for & now that you have it, you can't make out the writing on the "cause of death"? We've all had moments like this & would love to be able to post about them & receive some help, right?

Now I know there are several sites out there offering such help. But it is always nice to know about another one I think. A couple of years ago, some old friends of mine all got accounts on "Live Journal" as a way to keep up with everyone. Live Journal is basically like Blog, My Space, Facebook, etc. I'm not particularly a fan of My Space & I don't have an account on Facebook, so I can't say yah or nay on it. But I do use LJ (Live Journal). One of the cool features for LJ, is they offer special interest communities to join.

One such community is called "Searching for Our Ancestor's".....I love it! Everyone is very nice in their replies back to you, no matter how stupid you think your question might be (lol) & they have been very helpful to those in need.

You don't have to be a member of "LJ" to view Searching for Our Ancestor's community but (if I remember right) you do need to be a member to post. Joining either LJ or the community is quiet simple, it's free & worth the look see. Here is the link to their profile, Searching for Our Ancestor's . Take a trip over there & look at some of the questions/answers to get a feel for the community.

As I said, the community has some very nice folks on it & I'm always learning new things from others & their posts. I have to admit, it makes me feel good when I am able to help someone in their quest. :)

Later, Deb

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Letter to the Editor....

So you've searched the census', death certificates, birth certificates, cemetery records, etc.....in other words, just about everything you can think of. Yet, you still are having problems in finding some of those darn elusive relatives! Well, I might have a venue for you to try that you haven't thought of before. And before you think that I came up with this particular hint, don't! lol I found it in Ancestry's Magazine back in December of 2007. (((Ancestry Magazine, Nov/Dec 2007, page 10, "Reaching Out with a Letter to the Editor", author: Dr. Ann David)))

And basically what the hint is, writing to the editor of the local newspaper of the town your relative(s) is from, asking for some assistance in your genealogy research. Of course, this idea wouldn't work for a large populated city, but for those small towns, you stand a very good chance of receiving some feedback from relatives/friends still living in the area. It would at least be worth a try, right?

You're not guaranteed that the editor will print your letter, but as a whole, small towns are friendly & usually willing to help others. Dr. Ann David said she wrote her letter & after it was printed in the newspaper, she had her first reply back within 10 days. A long missing relative gave her information going back 5, 6 & 7 generations past. Now how many of us wouldn't "love" to get such a reply back with all of that info? :)

Dr. Ann David had part of her letter that she sent to the editor, as well as gavivg 4 things/hints to keep in mind & I quote those parts of her article here:

Quote -- Letter from Dr. Ann David to the editor....
Dear Editor,
For the past year, I've been trying to trace the earlier members of my family. In searching for the Allens, I've come to a standstill in Overton County, Tennessee, & more specifically, in Livingston.
If you know anyone who might know where these people are buried -- or anything at all concerning these people -- & would enlist their aid in my behalf, I would be most grateful. Anything at all would help.
Thank you in advance for your time. I hope to hear from you or possible relatives or friends very soon.
Unquote Letter...

Quote -- Hints from Dr. Ann David:
1. Choose small community newspapers. Large cities receive an overabundance of letters -- printing your plea may not be a high priority. Small community papers, however, could be pleased to print a letter from an outsider who is interested in their community, its heritage, & its inhabitants.

2. Send the information you'd like printed. Newspapers can't print what you don't send. While odds are good that they'll pare down the letter for space, the paper I contacted printed everything I sent. The paper you contact may do the same.

3. Respect respondents. Begin by thanking the editors -- you may need their help again. Then be sure you're cooperative with your new found family. When you receive replies from people who can't help, thank them anyway. They may later happen upon just the source you need.

4. Write more letters -- electronically & by hand. Senior family members may prefer handwritten letters, while other generations may prefer e-mail. Always remember that you're asking strangers to share their time with you. Be accommodating, understanding & appreciative of everything they offer.
Unquote....

FYI: If you don't know the local newspaper for a particular area/town, you can look in my sidebar of "My Favorite Genealogy Links" & there you'll find a link to the "US Newspaper List" web site.

I hate to say this, but I have yet to try any of this myself. As I said, I found it back in December of 2007 & my time has just not allowed me to do much genealogy research of that type. Time is finally starting to free up for me & I will most assuredly be trying this for some of my elusive relatives. :)

Good Luck!!!!

Later, Deb

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Photos & Scanning....Part 3

Believe it or not, I'm not trying to create a Blog strictly on "Photos & Scanning", but I keep thinking of things that I would like to speak on this particular subject. I promise after this post, I'll try to switch it up a bit & pick a different subject in genealogy. :)

What I was interested in saying this time around, are my thoughts on digital vs. film photography. Now personally, I love the new format of digital photos! It's easy, convenient, space saving, etc...a wonderful invention. Yet, how much of a guarantee do we have that 50+ (heck, make that 10) years from now, we'll still be able to have access to them? Think about it for a minute. Technology nowadays is constantly changing, while they are coming out with the latest version of something, they are already in their laboratory's improving it for the next/newest release. Remember the floppy disk? Where is it now? (((I'm just saying....)))

Don't get me wrong, I don't think we need to chunk the digital format & go back to film processing necessarily. I have family photos over 70 years old & I'd just hate for the future generation to lose all of the digital photos being taken nowadays....just because 70 years from now, they can't access their old photos. So what is the answer? Maybe it would be a good idea to get your digital photos printed out professionally, so you'd at least have a physical copy for future, instead of just sitting on your computer. I say professionally printed out, such as by Walgreens, Wal-Mart, etc.....don't depend on your home computer printer for that keepsake photo. The ink used by home printers just isn't as long lasting as what a photo processor uses. I know you can get a CD disk copy of the photos you have developed nowadays, I wished they could/would also offer a set of negatives as well. Now that would solve the dilemma all around in my opinion.

HINT: If you do have a digital camera & have your photos saved on your computer, be sure to....do I really need to say it? Back-up....Back-UP.....BACK-UP!!!! lol Put them on a CD, an external hard drive, flash drive -- or even doing all 3 wouldn't hurt.

HINT: Now that you've backed them all up & have them on a different device, make 2 or 3 different copies & store them in different places. Such as a safety deposit box, at work, at a relative's house, might consider mailing them to someone in a different part of the state you live in.....heck even someone out of state wouldn't be such a bad idea. And the reason on that, like in my home state (Arkansas), we are known for having tornadoes, where disasters can happen over a wide range of an area. Maybe I sent my copies to my sister in the northern part of the state & a tornado comes through, traveling the 60 miles between us leaving destruction along the entire way. You never know....

HINT: Quick note on editing your photos. If you do any editing, you might want to consider making a copy of the original & do your editing on the copy. Keeping the original as it is, is just good practice, but as I mention above, technology is always changing. What you might correct on your original today, could be done much better with the latest software in the future. Yet now you've edited your original & won't be able to get the better results. Besides, it is just good practice to keep the original as is....you take your chances of messing it up for good by using the original.

Later, Deb

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Photos & Scanning, Part 2...

I got to thinking that it would be nice if I showed you examples of what I was talking about in my previous post on labeling photos. Basically I label them three different ways, just depending on what the photo is & the number of people in it.







In the example to the left here, here I had enough room to be able to place each person's name on their bodies. By doing it this way, there is no chance of any mistake in identifying each person.










With this photo, there would not have been any way I could place a name on each individual. To work around that, I just placed a letter (or you could do a number if you preferred) on each individual. Then I made a list of names in the open space over their heads.








In this example, if you would rather not place the names on the photo, cause of a too busy background, not enough room, whatever reason, you can do what I've done in this example. In your graphic editing program, make a new background & paste your photo on top. List the people below the photo, in the new/extra area that you've just made. Once you've done that, then you crop out all of the extra blank space.



HINT 1: Something else I forgot to mention in yesterday's post that concerns female names. As you will notice in examples 1 & 2 above, I've listed the females maiden name & married name. This, believe me, will be less confusing for everyone in later years.

HINT 2: Also, something to remember, as you'll see in the 2nd example, is if you have a person who isn't related to you in the photo, it is nice to make a note as who they are. In that photo there is a Mr. Pat Murphy who is not related to us. He was a family friend & a part of Murphy Oil Company in Arkansas.

HINT 3: I always try to use a color on the font/lettering that will stick out. And to make that stick out even more so, I will "outline" each font letter.....it helps making it stick out even more.

HINT 4: And no matter how much you want to use that new fancy font you just downloaded.....DON'T!!! You want to use a plain simple font that is easy to read for everyone! I prefer "Comic Sans" myself, but you can get even plainer than that. And also to size the font to a size that is readable, but not so large that it takes over the photo.

Hope this will help those just starting to scan all of those precious old family photos!

Later, Deb

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Photos & Scanning, Part 1...

What to do with photos that you don't have a clue as to who is in the photo? I started a project a couple of years ago in getting all of the old family photos scanned. But before I started doing that & before my mom passed away, her & I sat down & we went through all of the family photos....with her identifying those that she knew. Of course, there were several she didn't know who they were & I've asked around, but sad to say, no luck in really getting them identified. :( Not a good thing. I only have one elderly aunt still living & other than her, there's no one left to identify these people. So what do you do with them....the photos? Keep them? Throw them away? (((Don't worry, no way would I do that!))) So just what do you do with them? I guess I'll put them away with a note saying what is going on & hold on to them for now.

In saying all of that, I've preached to everyone to "
L A B E L" those photos they have sitting around & do it NOW before it is too late. Sad to say, I don't think many have follow that bit of advice. Everyone looks through their photos & just know that they will never forget that the baby in such & such photo is little Tom. Yet they will, give them about 20 years & they will kick themselves for not making any kind of notation on the back of the photo.....cause they now don't have a clue as to who that baby is! lol My uncle used to tell me to always label them with the name of the person, the date (at the very least the year) & the location. Good advice if you ask me. I have to admit, even I haven't gone through all of my recent photos & labeled them. Bad me!!!!!

Anyhoo, I have gotten about 90% of the family photos scanned now. I say about 90%, cause I'm still finding old photos. Since I've been cleaning out the spare/junk room, I'm finding them stuck everywhere....so the number of old photos is ever increasing. :) And the ones I've scanned, I've been, every so often when I get the chance, making a copy of the new digital format & labeling all of the people in the photo. That's taking quiet a bit of time. This way, a person will have the original scanned photo & a copy of it identifying the people in it. Once I get them ALL done, I have plans on making a CD copy for anyone in the family interested in having one.

HINT ON SCANNING: The way I have found to make scanning photos easier & quicker, is to scan several photos at a time. It is definitely quicker doing it that way. Then you can either keep them that way or if you don't have a gazillion photos like I do, you can cut/paste out each photo. Letting each photo stand on its own.

HINT CON'T: What you name each scan is, of course, up to you. What works for me is to just start naming each scan numerically. I started with #1, #2, #3, etc. And since I made a copy of each scan (so I could label the people in the photo), I named those #1z, #2z, #3z, etc.....corresponding with the original scan.

HINT CON'T: If you like, you could make a "Master List" of your scans & list who is on each photo. Such as Scan #1 = Paul Johns, Mabel Lockes, Tammy Smith. Could even go further & have a listing for each scan that a person is included in.

OK, I think I've done enough gabbering for today! lol

Later, Deb

Original Post From 03 Feb 2009

We have four bedrooms in our home. One is for my brother, second one is mine, third one was for my Mom (before she passed away) & the last one was "supposed" to be a spare bedroom, for when guests came to spend the night. Notice I said "supposed"....cause it slowly turned into (how do I put this?) oh OK, a BIG ol' JUNK room, its that simple. Seriously! While we were moving in two years ago on the 2nd day, we just gave out on moving boxes & trying to get them organized. So of course, what better plans than to stick those boxes & such, that we knew we didn't need to get into right now, into the spare bedroom. My heart was in the right place, I was always going to tackle the room & finish unpacking everything & put everything where it should have gone. People that was over two years ago & as of a couple of weeks ago, it still looked the same! No, I take that back, it looked worse.....cause over time, I just kept sticking things in there. It finally got to where if I put much of anything more in there, you wouldn't have been able to close the door! lol I laugh but it's sad.....

Anyhoo, Mom passed away in October & I felt bad that I never really got the room ready & had unpacked some of her stuff. And it's been weighing on my heart that I didn't do that. Like I said earlier, within the last few weeks, I've been just taking it a day at a time & slowly going through everything. Some days I might work a couple of hours & other days I really get on a roll & work for 4+ hours on it.

Now in saying all of that, you're probably are wondering just what does that have to do with genealogy? Don't worry, I'd be thinking the same thing myself if I was you. heehee

The way all of this ties into the subject of genealogy is finding old family photos that I didn't know about. As well as finding Mom's certificate from when she graduated (in 1937) from high school & her autograph book she had when she was in school. (((Oh I bet she would have loved to have seen that again & could have gone down memory lane one more time))) I've even found a wooden box that was full of letters, postcards & Christmas cards. When I first started going through it, all I was seeing are letters written to a lady that I had never heard of. Back when my Dad was alive, he used to go to auctions & buy all kinds of stuff & I just figured this wooden box was one of the things he acquired. But in going through everything in that box, I found a few postcards written by Papa (my mother's dad) to his 2nd wife & some written by her to him. Among the things was also a card from Social Security to my granddaddy (my dad's dad) letting him know his SS#. Now I don't know who the box originally belong to, what with it having a few things from both sets of grandparents. Definitely a mystery there.....hopefully once I get a chance, I can do a bit of detective work & find out who this other lady is & if she is related to us or not. If it turns out she's not related, I'm hoping to at least find some of her relatives & pass them on to them if they are interested.

My mother learned how to crochet & knit at the age of 8 years old. In going through some of the things in the "junk" room, I've found several old pieces of work that she has done over the years. Looking at a few of them, I'm even thinking that my grandmother (my dad's mother) made some of them. That is a wonderful treasure to discover!

So yes, even though this started out as "I so need to clean out that junk room" type project, it has definitely had its rewards along with doing it. Not only finally getting it all organized, but finding some wonderful genealogy treasures. :) I'm hoping there's still some more treasures to be found, as I have several more boxes & such to go through. Well, you never know, right? :)

Later, DebJo

(((Note: I started this new Blog for just my genealogy posts....so I went to my old blog & copied this original post (dated: 03 Feb 2009) from it.)))

Original Post From 25 Sep 2008

Yes I know, it's been forever & a day since I last posted......shame on me, right? lol I just never know what to write in these things. So today I thought I'd write a few things about genealogy & where I'm going with it. Or I should say where I would like to go with it.

Here in the very near future, I'm going to have to let my subscription go to Ancestry.com & I hate that. I've been quite lucky in finding so much useful information on there. But I look at it that for years I didn't have it & was able to do things to further my research & I'm sure I can do it again. The new information just won't be as fast coming as it has been for the last couple of years.

Since I won't have the subscription any longer, I thought this would be a VERY good time to get all of the information I have a lot more organized. What I have so far isn't too far from being organized, nor is it in bad shape....it is just that it could be in a lot better order & now would be a good time for me to do it. I know I have bits of information sitting in my files that I haven't recorded yet, so in a way I'll feel like I'm still doing vital research. lol

Also, I've been thinking about re-doing my Family Group Sheets. I originally started out writing all of the data on a regular Family Group Sheets, but I never was too crazy about it. So I got the brainy idea of doing them on the BIG index cards & I really REALLY liked doing it that way. It was much easier for me to find someone when I needed to see their info & plus they were easier to handle. Then I got to thinking I would like to have this or that included on the cards. So with what all I wanted to include, well it just wasn't going to be very feasible to use an index card.....no matter how big the thing is. The other day I made my own Family Group Sheet & I think I'm going to print those out & use them. To transfer all of the data for each family member will take me quite a bit of time. It will definitely keep me busy. :)

One of the things I wanted on the Family Group Sheet was an area where I could list what records I had for each person. It would make it so much simpler for me to know when I found a 1910 census with Uncle So & So on it, if I already had it or not. As well as birth record, death record, marriage record.....well you get the idea.

Then I would like to fine tune my Family Tree. Make sure I have entered all of the notes I have on everyone keyed in. Be sure I have a photo posted for those I have a picture of. Things like that.

Something I noticed the other day & everyone else might already know this but it was one of those "DUH" moments for me. I have posted on Ancestry's Surname Message Boards for my 4 great grandparents hoping to hear something back from someone. (((so far nothing, but I haven't given up yet))) Then I discovered that Rootsweb also has the surname message boards too. Great! Figured I needed to post over there & increase my chances of someone answering, right? lol Dummy me, finally realized that both message boards are the SAME THING! No wonder I see some of them double-posting.....I bet they didn't know either. At least I figured it out before I did any posting. And here I thought I was pretty smart on genealogy -- I mean I've only been at it for the past 13+ years!!! heehee

Later, Deb

(((Note: I started this new Blog for just my genealogy posts....so I went to my old blog & copied this original post (dated: 25 Sep 2008) from it.)))

Original Post From 20 Sep 2007

Hello to anyone reading this. :) I finally decided to start my journal on what is going on with my family's genealogy project. First off, I guess I need to admit that as much as I love genealogy, it also drives me crazy.....but in a good way. lol Sometimes it can confuse me like nothing else does, then there are the times when I feel like I have just discovered gold or something. But isn't that the way genealogy is supposed to be?

Anyhoo, a few months ago I was able to find a second cousin that everyone in the family had lost touch with for over 30 some odd years. And believe me, that was a wonderful feeling. I was doing a search on one of his uncles in the obituary database, when I happen to run across my 1st cousin's wife's name. In pulling up the obit, I found that in fact it was my cousins & it listed all of their names & where they were living at the time of her death. Which was only about 4 years ago. I took a big chance & looked them all up in a phone directory for that town. Though by this time only one of the kids was still listed as living there. Then I took my 2nd big chance & wrote him a letter....after 2 weeks of not hearing back, I just figured I had it either all wrong & it wasn't our kin or he wasn't interested in making contact. Life has a way of playing with you, cause right then I had decided that was a lost cause, when lo & behold, the very next day I get a letter back from him! To highlight what happen....we exchange phone numbers & talked for hours. Then he came down for a visit, he was so anxious to meet his great aunt. After that, we talked a few times, but now it has been several months since I've heard from him, so I guess it's back to not having him in our family. ***sigh***

OK, I think I'll stop there for now. Maybe I'll put another story about one of my finds on here. If anyone should actually read this & they know of others that are interested in Genealogy, please let me know how to get in touch with them. I have an account on LJ (Live Journal) too & they have "communities" where you can join those that share the same interests as you, does Blogger have anything like that too?

Later, Deb

(((Note: I started this new Blog for just my genealogy posts....so I went to my old blog & copied this original post (dated: 20 Sep 2007) from it.)))

Original Post From 10 Jan 2007

What I hope to achieve here is to have a place to expand on my hobby of genealogy. I've been interested in genealogy for about the last 13+ or so years. I got a new Family Tree Maker program a couple of months ago but have yet to really in-put any data yet. We moved back at the 1st October & I'm still going through boxes, so it might be awhile before I can get everything keyed in. I'm quite looking forward to when I can get back on it, I love digging & researching my family history. Heck, right now I'm thrilled when I find anything on my 1st cousins. Seems there are quite a few of my Aunt Helen's kids that we've lost contact with for years (too many years to count, sad to say) & I think it is harder to find stuff on people in this generation. At times it seems easier to find people the further back you go, but when it is on someone who might still be living it is almost impossible.

(((Note: I started this new Blog for just my genealogy posts....so I went to my old blog & copied this original post (dated: 10 Jan 2007) from it.)))