Category Archives: History

Oral History–my thoughts on using in your genealogy research

History comes to life with oral history A good oral history will bring life to history. When you can hear the joy or sorrow in their voice you will understand how an event had an impact on their life. Listen … Continue reading

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Amanuensis Monday: This Day is Publifhed

Currently researching Samuel Longcope, a publisher in Philadelphia around the turn of the 19th century. I found this interesting little book review of a novel he published and may have written. I found it interesting that the type set for … Continue reading

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Family Recipe Friday: Chocolate pound cake–good enough to toss

Mary Ann’s chocolate pound cake—good enough to toss This recipe has been in my mother’s recipe box for years and of course there is a great quick story that goes along with it. My parents were at a picnic with … Continue reading

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Tech Tuesday: Scanning from your smart phone?

As a historian and genealogist  I have spent some time in archives, libraries, records offices, and peoples homes. I know my way around a copy machine, but I don’t carry a copy machine in my back pocket…but I do carry … Continue reading

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Mappy Monday: Texas Maps and the General Land Office

I love maps! When I was a child our annual vacation usually included a trip to my parents hometown of Borger, TX  the trip was about 650 miles we would make the drive in one day. (If you’re doing the … Continue reading

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Surname Saturday: Robert “Billy” Foster Washburn

In an effort to expand my genealogy search for information about my surnames I will post a brief outline of some members of my family once each week.  I hope you enjoy the post and hope that I can find … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Dress up Grandma day?

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Amanuesis Monday: Depression era Kansas, trying to be thankful

I started transcribing this letter thinking it was something very different, turns out it is actually from my Great Grandmother Hickson to my Grandmother (her daughter) May Belle. One odd note, she refers to her as Mabel, not May Belle, … Continue reading

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Family Recipe Fri: MawMaw’s secret about her chocolate cake

As long as I’ve known my husband his favorite German chocolate cake is the one his grandmother “MawMaw” used to make him for his birthday. It was a simple milk chocolate colored cake with a sugar glaze, no coconut frosting. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wed: WWII Era look at the local American Legion Building

The American Legion Building sit on the banks of the San Marcos River, in San Marcos Texas. It was built in the 1920s, likely by the veterans of WWI. Note the gentlemen playing dominoes in the shade of that Burr … Continue reading

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