Several of my Best of 2009 moments came from items that fell into my lap so to speak. After my mother passed away, I found many documents and photos that I hadn’t been looking for, but was very excited to find.
- My maternal grandparents’ framed Marriage Certificate, my maternal grandmother’s parents’ marriage certificate and their parents’ marriage certificates!
- Birth Certificates for my mother and her siblings and my maternal grandparents.
- My maternal grandparents’ wills (I’d seen these when they had passed away but now have the actual documents and all the letters and court papers through probate.)
- Very Large Portraits of Ancestors.
- Address books that gave me some clues about family residences and my grandparents’ friends.
Looking back on my posts in 2009, I’ve picked a few that I consider my “best”:
- January 24 – Meeting Julia. I was able to learn a little more about my paternal grandmother’s sister via this biography.
- February 18 – Additional Research Techniques. I highlighted how researching a book on Coshocton marriages enabled me to put some pieces to a family puzzle together.
- March 2 – Childhood Enemies – Adult BFFs written for the 11th Edition of Smile for the Camera.
- September 30 – The Box, part one of a 2 part post that concluded with the October 1st post – The Calendar. This was one of the items I found at the bottom of a trunk at my mom’s house and told the intimate story of my “baby” aunt’s brief life from my grandmother’s perspective.
- October 17 – Mingling of Families and Murder. This post was very challenging as I tired to untangle how two sides of my family were forever entwined.
I also realized just how helpful others can be. Not only did a lady take pictures of headstones for me via Find A Grave, but she did some research at her local library and sent me some news clippings. I also connected with a distant Goul cousin who mailed some very valuable family history information.