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Wasn’t Expecting This

Adding newspaper articles to my collection of photos and documents about one of my forebears is like icing on the cake. John Washington Cooper, my …
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Choose Connection #RootsTech

https://youtu.be/ibDjXXTbBP8 Goodness, Do you mind pushing pause while I wipe my eyes – again. The #rootstech #chooseconnection music video touched my heart, brought tears to my …
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Why Instagram?

New Year’s Day 2021 marked the beginning of a family history experiment on Instagram. I had tried sharing family history before. I’ve emailed info, …
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Grandmother’s Cake

For more than fifty years, our family has enjoyed “Grandmother’s Chocolate Cake”. The cake makes an appearance for every family gathering, regardless of how many …
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Blueberry Delight

It was always a treat to open Grandma’s refrigerator and see Blueberry Delight sitting there, waiting for our arrival. I honestly don’t know if anyone …
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Mama’s Biscuits

I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if these “how to make biscuits” instructions span more than six generations. My great-grandmother taught my grandmother who taught …
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Before You Remember

Many years ago, my mother casually mentioned “There was a funeral home before the one you remember.” And with those words, the quest began. The One …
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My Happy Place

The reasons we become involved with family history vary. I have genealogist friends who search tirelessly for that last elusive proof in a family’s lineage …
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Thankful for the Holidays!

2020 holiday season sure looks different. Much like the March-October feeling of days/weeks/months blending into one loooooooong day, we find our holidays are doing something …
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Once Upon a Thanksgiving

Once upon a time, probably 20+ years ago, there was a Southern Living magazine article featuring a Thanksgiving table set in front of an outdoor …
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Salvaged Treasure

Many months after my father died, my step-mother gave my sister a box of “stuff”. There were pictures of our family we had given Daddy, …
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The Beginning

Once upon a Christmas, Santa brought me my first camera, a Kodak Brownie Starmite. I’m not certain what it was about photography that captured my …
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Sew Many Memories

In the early days of the 2020 pandemic, COVID-19, thousands of people dragged out unused sewing machines or put existing sewing projects aside in the …
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Happy Fourth of July!

I can’t imagine that Daddy was happy with the composition of this picture. After all, in 1950, this just wasn’t how most people holding a …
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Hearts, Home, and Hope

One of the first slides I scanned is this image of our grandparent’s home.  Built in about 1948, this is the home that served to …
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