Monthly Archives: December 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Monument to Judge Toulmin dedicated today in Baldwin County

Monument to Judge Toulmin dedicated today in Baldwin County. He was also president of Transylvania University (where I attended as a Freshman)  1794-96. In 1804 he was appointed by President Thomas Jefferson as judge for a territory that included what is now Baldwin … Continue reading

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End of the decade thoughts

This New Year’s Eve, write down for your descendants what this decade meant to you. This decade had bad parts, but for me good ones, too! Two editions of the book. Both kids graduated college. I got to move to … Continue reading

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New Years Resolution: Go get Mother’s genealogy stuff from Huntsville

My mother’s genealogy stuff is all still in Huntsville, and has been since she died. January will be three years. I need to get myself up there to retrieve  it all. That’s my New Year’s Resolution!In RE:New Years ResolutionsThe topic for the … Continue reading

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Follow Friday: SHGS

My mother helped start, served as President, and organized the first reunion of the Spencer Historical and Genealogical Society. For years she and I edited the journal, LeDespencer. Today for Follow Friday, I’d like to point you to their site: http://www.spencersociety.org/The Spencer … Continue reading

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Vital records: Sites for death data

Sometimes you can find good clues to vital statistics in obituaries, although one must be cautious. My own parents’ published obituaries had minor errors because the family was not thinking clearly at the funeral home. I suspect that is the … Continue reading

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December 17 NARA Forum to Address Researcher Ideas and Concerns

Press ReleaseDecember 11, 2009 National Archives Hosts Public Forum to Discuss Research Area Changes at Archives I   Washington, DC…On Thursday, December 17, at 1:00 p.m., the National Archives will hold an open public forum to discuss changes under consideration … Continue reading

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Must have for libraries and serious genealogists

 An excellent resource for finding vital records is Thomas Jay Kemp’s International Vital Records Handbook. 5th Edition  (Genealogical Publishing Company, 2009).  The new 5th edition has the latest forms and information for each of the 50 states as well as … Continue reading

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Manic Monday: Family Addition

Spent Manic Monday on I-10 getting our new dog, Sirius

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Genealogy of the word “jitney”

I love words, and thinking about how we use them, and then don’t. One such word is “jitney”.   When I was growing up, a small grocery store at the bottom of our hill was called “Jitney Jungle”. Jitney can … Continue reading

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Stocking Stuffers: Random Genealogy Bits

Genealogy Herald’s New Website launched earlier this month. Jeannene Midgette does a great job of collecting the cute, interesting, fun and informative posts of personal genealogy blogs around the Web. Worth a bookmark. This link is just one example of … Continue reading

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