Sunday, December 13, 2009

I have a Blog Award!

I need to thank Judy at Tennesse Memories for giving me this wonderful award. I am thankful and honored by this.

Now it's my turn to pick seven bloggers to pass this on to and to list seven things about myself.

Seven things about me:

1. I've just recently found a long lost cousin through Facebook that I have not seen for at least 30 or so years and I'm so happy to have her in our family again even though she is several states away. It is amazing what Facebook had done for getting families together.

2. I play World of Warcraft to escape everyday life stress. It's nice to go to a make believe land for a few hours. :)

3. I love Photography, even though I am an amatuer at it, it is fun! I love to Photoshop pictures I take.

4. I hate Scrapbooking! But I may have to take it up since I have an ever mounting stack of pictures. Thank goodness for digital cameras! and scanners! I do not necessarily have to print them all out. Maybe digital Scrapbooking is more my speed.

5. There are times when I think I'm boring! LOL

6. I love sushi!

7. I love fruitcake!

My 7 Blog picks: (this was hard, there are way to many to chose from!)

1. What the Paper Won't Print (my wonderful Uncle Jim!)

2. Elyse's Genealogy Blog (she remindes me of me when I was her age as a young genealogist.)

3. Life's Journey

4. Talking Roots

5. Amy's Genealogy, etc. Blog

6. The Professional Descendant

7. Before My Time

That is my list, but it is not in the least a complete one but one's I wanted to give an award to.
See ya 'round the bend!

Scrap Paper Sunday for 12/13/09

I just love this piece of Scrap Paper! The shopping list is awesome!

Emma LeValley and Christopher Carnes are my maternal Grandmother's (maternal) grandparents.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Successful Research

Well, I was definately successful in my research! I even did the research and found the information the very same day I posted last, just didn't take the time to update til now. I was too excited and had to share with my Aunt Tanya. But here I am to relate what I found.

My father has an Aunt Marguerite Blair who died young. I've been told she never married and there was not much information regarding her. I could never find a Marguerite listed in the census records with the family, the only name that could have possibly been her would have been Sarah M. listed in the Census for 1920 as 6 years old and being born approximately 1914. I checked the 1920 census and it had been taken Jan. 1920, so Sarah would have turned 7 a month later. I believe she is the eldest of the 9 children. Her parents Robert and Bessie (Fowler) Blair were married May 25th 1912 and she was born almost nine months to the day later on February 27th 1913.
I had checked Ohio for death records to no avail. On a hunch I decided to check the Kentucky death records at To my surprise there was a Marguerite Blair Herrington listed as death date of Oct. 4 1932, parents were listed as Robert and Bessie Blair and married to a Frank Herrington! I was so excited I couldn't believe what I had found. All this time we thought she never married. I made a copy and sent it off to my Aunt Tanya. She was excited and could not believe the fact that she was married also. Which makes me wonder now if the siblings were told this or if they were just to young to remember. I also wonder now about the marriage and if there were any children of the marriage. Somehow I think not, but it is a matter that will have to be researched. I need a marriage license now. So off to do some more research regarding Sarah Marguerite Blair Herrington!
See ya 'round the bend! :)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Long Delay ...

Well, I was not expecting to be sidetracked for so long from getting back to writing on the Rootsdigging Blog again. But some bug decided to attack me. For three weeks I suffered an upper respiratory infection that would not go away. I was tired for so long. I believe the tiredness stemmed from another health issue I am now dealing with. About a week after getting over my sickness, I had to have some blood work done on my thyroid levels...well, they were normal, to my surprise. I have a lump in my throat and thought the reason for the exhaustion was related to my levels being out of whack. They were not so they ordered an ultrasound which revealed a complex cyst on the right thyroid and they found a nodule on the left. Now I have to have a biopsy to determine if cancer is present. I will update as soon as I know more.

In the mean time...Happy Holidays!!!

I will try to write more this weekend if I can get some papers out and organized some. I have a Great Aunt that I would like to find more information out on and I'm not sure exactly where to start yet with I will dig out what I have and research a little bit and see what I come up with. She is a mystery at the moment.

As my grandmother says (I hope she doesn't mind)...

See ya 'round the bend!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Scrap Paper Sunday for 9/27/09

Many a genealogist has scrap paper with little genealogical notes written on them. I have a collection of notebooks and planners that I have gotten over the years thinking I would rewrite all my little bits of scrap notes into the newest one and then I would just stay more organized from that point forward.
Well, it just never happens. If I'm unlucky enough to be out somewhere without one of my handy dandy genealogy notebooks for note taking then I find whatever is handy at the moment, like the example below:

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The first bits of information I can understand; the last bits about Ky George & Elizabeth, not so sure why I was writing the information down. That's what I get for not adding a Surname next to them :(.

So my goal now is to take all these scrap notes and scan them. It will help me clean out my folders and de-clutter them and I can throw out some that I really do not need since I will have a copy saved to my hard drive. There will be those few pieces that I will keep hard copies of but I hope not to have to keep many. Registered & Protected

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Genealogy Blogging on a Saturday Night!!

When I came across Randy Seavers' Saturday Night Genealogy Fun I got really excited. I found an earlier post he had done regarding 3 Genealogical Responses which I will post soon even though it was forever ago.

But this nights SNGF is one I do not think I will be able to complete. I can't for the life of me think of an absolute favorite #1 all time favorite song. It is impossible for me, my genre range is so wide there is no way to chose. So I will go ahead and post the 3 Genealogical Responses for tonights fun instead.

Tell us your three responses to the questions:

* Three genealogical libraries I frequent

The Genealogy Library Room at the Xenia Public Library
*wish I could add more

* Three places I've visited on genealogy trips

Fredrick, Maryland
Delaware, Ohio
Cynthiana, Kentucky

* Three genealogy societies I belong to (or want to)

Ohio Historical Society (belong)
NGS (use to belong, need to renew)
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (want to)

* Three websites that help my research

* Three ancestral graves that I've visited

Blair family in Delaware, Ohio (Robert and Bessie Blair)
Mussetters in Woodland Cemetery in Xenia, Ohio
Michael Lorenzo in Locust Grove Cemetery in Peebles, Ohio (couldn't find grave)

* Three ancestral places I want to visit

Lorenzo's from Italy
Jameson's from Scotland
Blair's from England

* Three brickwall ancestors I want to research more

Michael Lorenzo b. in Italy
Keziah "Kitty" Creswell, Ohio
Frank Brakeall, issue with two different birth dates for him 16 years difference.

Well I had fun with that and look forward to next Saturdays fun.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

The snow started falling lightly as we sat down to eat lunch at the Old Clifton Mill. Looking out the window we could see the water wheel churning water along the banks of the Little Miami River. My Mom was telling me about her and her three sisters and her brother playing along these banks when they were growing up. Now you can see some of the two and half million light strands lining the banks of the river, part of the "Legendary Christmas Light Display at Clifton Mill." We read the menu printed on the back of the Clifton Mill, a newspaper printed up telling the history of the Clifton Mill, "the largest remaining water powered grist mill in the United States", and the Village of Clifton, birthplace of Woody Hayes.
The trip my Mom and I had planned today was to visit the area they grew up and to get a feel for the area they used to know as home before they finally moved to Xenia, Ohio. I had known my Mom and her siblings had lived here for a few years growing up. My grandfather and his two brothers had also lived here for a few years when they were younger. They were about seven, five and three years old. My grandfather, Larry, was the eldest Bud was the second, and Frank was the youngest. At some point their parents had divorced and the three boys went to live with relatives. Their father worked hard to save money so he could take them and raise them. After some time their father took them and moved to a place on Larkin Road with some other relatives. They slept in the barn there. Their father would go out and pick up scraps and dump trash from the workers of the Three C Highway being built at the time. There was not much money to be made, but the workers knew about the boys living in the barn so they would take food and cardboard and hide them inside the barrels for them when their father would come and make pick ups. The cardboard they used to cover the cracks in between the wood walls of the barn to keep the snow from coming in on top of them while they slept. There were times when they would wake up with snow on the blankets and they would have to get up and shake it off. Eventually their father found a job working on the railroad, and he was able to move with the boys to Xenia, Ohio. Many years later after the boys were grown and gone he remarried a sister of his first wife and they lived out on a farm in Jamestown on Jamestown-Gunnersville Road.
We drove along Wilberforce-Clifton Road looking for Larkin Road. The barn was no longer there, but the little house that their relatives lived in was still on the corner lot next to a gully full of trees with snow covering them. You could see both roads right now, but in the spring and summer when the leaves cover the trees you wouldn't be able to see the main road. I tried to picture the barn standing behind the little house with no step under the front door. Today was the perfect day to get that feeling of trying to put myself in my grandfather's place. The snow was falling harder now, and I was trying to keep warm as I pictured them sleeping in the barn with the cardboard covering the walls to keep the snow and wind out so they could be a little warmer.

Written Jan. 26th 2001 by: Michelle Whitt Registered & Protected