Tag Archives: History

Bowling – one of the oldest outlaw sports?

Sculptured vases and ancient plaques show the game being played some four thousand years ago, and archaeologists have uncovered biased stone bowls from 5,000 B.C. which indicate our ancestors enjoyed the game of bowling more than seven thousand years ago.When … Continue reading

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Family Reunions

This week, I’m working on plans for the Kemp Rogers family reunion. On June 12, 1901, at the home of the bride’s parents in Mokane, Missouri, Miss Martha B. Horner married William Riley Rogers. Mattie and Riley Rogers settled in … Continue reading

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Go Away Home by Carol Bodensteiner

Go Away Home by Carol Bodensteiner My rating: 5 of 5 stars Go Away Home is a chance to immerse yourself into a world that is no more, through the eyes, mind, and heart of Liddie Treadway, coming of age … Continue reading

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Digital Public Library of America

FREE Public Access to Information! FREE Primary Sources!  I’ve been evangelizing for the free information you can get through public libraries, non-profits, and government sites for years. I even set up my own site, primarysourcesonline, and tried to pull the … Continue reading

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Sheriff’s Car Frozen in Three Inches Ice

January 30, 1930 Fulton Daily Sun-Gazette Sheriff J. C. Owen will be without the use of his Whippet sedan for the remainder of the winter and permanently so if the June rise of Cow creek in the southeast part of … Continue reading

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Zinnias

Every time I see beautiful zinnias in a flower garden, I think of my mother and how much she loved her flowers.  She didn’t have very many pretty things to enjoy. When I was child her life was an endless … Continue reading

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YOU

Your family history research begins with YOU. Before you sign on to Ancestry, even before interviewing your parents and grandparents, you should fill out an individual worksheet for yourself. The information recorded on this sheet forms the foundation for all … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam: a genealogists best friend

All family historians benefit from the all the nosy questions Uncle Sam’s Census Bureau asked every ten years, but we aren’t always aware of all the other genealogical goodies he’s giving away. For instance, did you know the National Park … Continue reading

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Gone to Texas

GTT. The initials GTT (“Gone to Texas”) came into use in the first half of the nineteenth century, when Texas had the reputation for producing and harboring outlaws. The letters were often chalked on the doors of houses in the … Continue reading

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Stories

For me it’s all about the stories. Family stories and stories I make up in my head.  Sometimes, for my fiction, I blend the two, part family story, part imagination. That’s my favorite kind of writing. My Mom told me … Continue reading

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