Photographed by Gene Amore, 1966. Original: slide; Digital scan held by Wendy Littrell
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The center of our home was – and always has been – the kitchen. The above pictures (photographer: Gene Amore, held privately by Wendy Littrell) show the eat-in kitchen of the house I grew up in. This was where smaller, family birthdays were celebrated; where the holiday meal preparations were done; where my dad marked the heights of me and my niece and nephew on the recessed door; where we’d sit at the table while talking on the telephone; and where I’d spend my meal times.
The kitchen was the place I could find my mom if she wasn’t at her sewing machine or out in her flower beds. She liked to cook and bake. She taught me how to cook in this kitchen.
On one side the kitchen was accessed by an open doorway that led into the formal dining area and on the other side it led into the living area – a recessed wooden door could close it off.
This was not the kitchen my mom used for the last 32 years of her life but it was the kitchen I’ll always think of when remembering childhood meals and ocassions.
College classes are done for the semester (maintained a 4.0!! Yay, me!) so hopefully I’ll be able to start posting again on a somewhat regular schedule. So sorry I’ve been silent for too long. Have also had quite a bit of personal upheaval going on – so that doesn’t bode well for focusing on genealogy, research & writing.
I’ve recently heard from a new-to-me cousin; related through the Goul line of my family and hopefully she & I can start to compare notes and see if we have any new information between the two of us.
I’m excited by the recent upload on Familysearch Indexing of so many new records. I’ve already found some marriage records and a baby that I never knew existed. I’ve looked at the records but haven’t had too much time to absorb what I’ve found.
And as many of you know, I lost my mother a year ago this month. Her estate is still not settled and now the reverse mortgage company wants to foreclose on her property since the real estate broker and the estate attorney decided to list the property for WAY too much to begin with and in this economy (& the fact that the property is in a depressed area of the country), nothing happened in the way of potential buyers. So now we are just waiting . . . some more.
I’ve not had a lot of time either to read most of the genea-blogs I am subscribed to – sorry about that. I’m not ignoring you – believe me!
And I’ve been thrilled to hear of the geneabloggers getting together recently in Salt Lake. Love looking at the pictures.
I watched each episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” and my personal favorite was Susan Sarandon’s episode. Looking forward to the 2nd season. Are you?
I want to apologize to my faithful readers for not posting as often as I have in the past. I am taking two classes at the local community college – one via online – so between studying, going to class, my part time job, and caring for the home, I’ve been a little too busy to write articles.
However, I’ve been following several of the other genea-blogs and am so excited that genealogy is going “mainstream”! Some examples:
- “Faces of America” - the four-part PBS show hosted by Dr. Gates that focused on the ancestry of several celebrities (Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols, Stephen Cobert, Queen Noor, etc.)
- “Who Do You Think You Are?” - the U.S. equivalent to the BBC series. From Executive Producer, Lisa Kudrow, this series on NBC focuses on one celebrity per episode. The first took Sarah Jessica Parker on a trek via her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio to California and then to New England and the second episode took Emmett Smith from the Deep South in search of his slave roots and then across the ocean to Africa. I’m excited by this program and enjoy the “AHA” moments each of them have!
- “Generations Project” - on BYU Television. If you don’t have this, you can view the episodes online. This series follows “normal” people in their quest for their roots.
And all of this comes just in time for the Census to be filled out. I’ve read so many issues debating this. People don’t want to give this information out (you think they don’t already know?), that it will be used for the wrong purpose, why is it important, etc. I, for one, know that some of my ancestors probably didn’t like it either – or I’d have found them by now! In 72 years the genealogists in your family (your grandkids or great-grandkids or even a great-niece or nephew) will thank you for filling this out and sending it in.
I hope to be back to posting regularly in the weeks to come so please – don’t go away!
Why can I not seem to find my paternal great-grandfather’s Ohio Death Certificate on the family search site? He died in 1924, well within the range that has been digitized and posted. Surname: HOUSE. I’ve even gone so far as to enter in variations: Howse, Hows, Hous, Louse, Lows, etc. I’ve just entered the date of death – Oct. 1, 1924 and the county – or one or the other. I’ve had no luck at all.
When people upload family information to the Rootsweb World Connect database, do they actually pay attention to dates? I only use the information as an undocumented source until I am able to find my own documentation; however, when the parents died 10 to 20 years prior to the birth of the reported children – something is very wrong.
How come there are some blogs – which have been on my favorites list – that my computer doesn’t like? They won’t get out of “download” mode. I can see the blog, but I can’t scroll or even click out of it. I have to Control+Alt+Delete to close it out. I’m now making sure I read those blogs via my Google Reader – but there isn’t anywhere that I can leave a comment without going to the actual blog.
Why do people send me emails that give me some information but then end it by saying that they will mail me more information – pictures, copies of documents, etc. and then never do? Shouldn’t they have the decency to reply back after my 2nd or third email asking if everything is alright or are they still sending it, to give me a straight answer instead of ignoring me?
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These are just a few of my Monday Morning Musings for today, January 4, 2010!
Earlier this year, this award went around the genea-blogger (and “normal” blogger) community. I was fortunate to receive this award from Sheri of Grandma’s Stitches. Just recently I was given this award again – from Karen at Twigs to Roots. Karen has recently begun her foray into the blogging world and has jumped in with both feet! Please travel to her blog and give her a big geneablogger welcome!
As part of receiving this award, I am to list seven things about myself:
- I am back in college again!
- My new grandson will be 2 months old on Saturday!
- I love Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte!
- I get to take the day “off” for Thanksgiving this year as one of my daughter’s is having it at her house for the first time!
- All of my grandsons have blue eyes.
- I’m almost at the tail end of the “baby boomer” generation!
- I am secretary for the PTA at my grandson’s elementary school!
Next, I’m to Award this to other blogs that I enjoy. I’d like to try to highlight some that are new to me – since this award has already been around to several.
A Tale of Two Ancestors by Amanda Acquard. Amanda must be the sister I didn’t know I had because we share the same interests – history, genealogy, and travel (though I haven’t been able to do that!). She is currently in graduate school and working toward becoming a genealogy reference librarian. Although I am currently only working toward my associates degree, I had decided I would very much like a career as a historical archivist – whether for a library or a museum – but that is a very long way off! Stop by and say hi to Amanda!
Diggin Up Dirt by Cat. She posts interesting articles about her own genealogy research and the information she’s been able to obtain. I find it useful to see what she and other’s have found – especially when I need a slight nudge in the right direction. Stop by and read some of her interesting posts.
And I’m sure there are many more I could honor with this award – however, I want to make sure others have the opportunity to award it!
Thanks, Karen, for the award! And congratulations to all who receive it!
Extra! Extra! Read all about how the case of Chase began at the town on the river spending days of childhood on the water and wandering through a haunted graveyard. Though independent from birth, there was still time for the furry and feathered family members or calling on dear St. Nicholas. Often taking time to share, show and explain traditions or statistics on age in the books for genealogy. When friends would meet Mom, they understood her senior moments talking about the great Texas snow. Often explanations would be given about the American political road map with exclamations of “What a bunch of hooey!” However, when we get together for the Carnival, I resolve to only say, “Oh Yeah! Oh Yeah!” and we are not just horsin’ around.
- Rides and Games?
- Mardi Gras?
If you chose none of the above, you are correct!!! In the blogosphere, the word carnival takes on a whole new meaning – well sort of! Generally a blog carnival is a repository for many contributors’ blog posts centered around a chosen theme. In the genealogy blog world, there are several types of “carnivals” in which to participate – Cabinet of Curiosities”, Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy, Irish Heritage and Culture, and several others.
Three years ago, Jasia who authors Creative Gene wrote Carnival of Genealogy, Edition 1. This Carnival is now in its 84th Edition. The topic for this edition is “What has the Carnival of Genealogy Meant to You?”
Creative Gene was one of the first Genealogy Blogs I bookmarked and read each day. Soon, I was clicking on the links to others’ blogs and soon bookmarked several of them. I read with interest the CoG’s and soon realized that not only were others submitting articles that more people would read but sometimes connections were being made. I knew that if I were to get more than just a few readers (and possibly some connections, too), I should participate in the CoG’s. I enjoy writing and knew that should I undertake a project writing biographies of my ancestors, I should start writing and reading others’ articles.
My first submission to the CoG was for the 47th Edition, published on May 3, 2008 with the theme “A Place Called Home”. My entry was The Town on the River. Wow! After some research and writing and re-writing, I had an article of which I could be proud! Jasia even extended a warm welcome to me and encouraged everyone to welcome this “newbie” to the Carnival!
Since that first entry, I’ve participated in numbers 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 78, and 79 (see top paragraph – all my titles are incorporated into the opening!). There have been a wide variety of topics and several others besides Jasia have hosted. I have not hosted a CoG – that is something I would have to look into and make sure that if I do volunteer to host that I have the time to make sure it is done properly.
I’ve had several favorite topics. Lately I haven’t been able to find the time to put in research in order to write an indepth post for some of them. My favorites have been: The Case of Chase written for the 53rd Edition. The theme was “Carousel” – any genealogy topic was fair game. I had spent quite a bit of time on my article and included pictures and documented evidence information. This article brought four comments from others – two of them descendents of the man I wrote about – people I didn’t think existed! Another favorite entry was Independent from Birth for the 51st Edition.
I’ve read articles in the CoG that have touched my heart, sparked an interest, and given me new research techniques to think about and investigate. Unfortunately, I’m unable to think of just one that would be the all time stand-out – there are so many talented writers and enthusiastic genealogists for me to pick just one!
I generally encourage my readers to check out or submit articles to the CoG. The more the merrier! And it’s always wonderful when someone new begins submitting articles.
The Carnival of Genealogy has enabled me to go above and beyond just gathering names, dates and places. I have delved into the lives of those that I’ve written about – trying to capture their emotions, joys, and hardships. Reading others’ articles has given me new avenues to investigate and research when hunting for that “brick wall” ancestor.
The impact on my life has been two-fold. One – I’ve been able to meet new friends and some distant cousins. By reading some of the articles and seeing a common surname, I’ve made connections. The second aspect has been aiding me in becoming a more thorough researcher and writer.
I’d like to extend my thanks to all of the genea-bloggers who have commented on my articles; who have pointed me in other directions for information; to those who capture my interest with their thought provoking, informative and heart-touching stories; and to Jasia who first introduced me to the Carnival of Genealogy! You folks are great!
And for all of you who think you can’t write an article for the CoG – just try it once! You may learn something new about yourself!
Born on this day:
- Catherine Madison Nelson, 1816, in Mason County, Virginia (now West Virginia) and died June 11, 1893 (my 3rd great-grandaunt)
Died on this date:
- Catherine Brown Arbuckle in 1859. She was born July 11, 1793 in Kanawha County, Virginia. (my 4th great-grandaunt)
No one married on this date.
The most thrilling parts of researching my ancestry are hearing and/or finding distant cousins – especially those whom I didn’t even know existed. Case in point – a child put up for adoption by a great-aunt, an uncle’s child that no one ever knew about, children of a woman I thought had lived as a nun her entire life (but didn’t!), and descendents of my maternal great-grandmother’s sister! Not only have I connected with these people, but we shared information and still email each other.
Another exciting aspect of digging into my roots is when I find documentation and proof of a relationship. Family lore and stories are one thing but to see an actual document that proves those stories is a “stand up and cheer” moment! I’ve had many of those over the course of the last 10 years.
Hopefully I will make contact with more distant relatives and uncover much more documentation as I continue my quest!
(Continued from The Box)
After I had opened the box, unwrapped the tissue paper to find my mom’s baby sister’s bonnet and removed the tissue paper, I saw a calendar at the bottom of the box.
Carefully I lifted out the Calendar from 1927 and slowly flipped the pages. When I found the month of June, there were notes on the page in my grandmother’s handwriting.
June 9: Baby born – 10 a.m. hospital – 3# 4 – Lois Evelyn
June 13: 2#s 5
June 16: I came home – left baby
June 25: Fabitis
Week of June 26: Baby gaining back
July 9: 3-4 1/2
July 15: I came home
July 16: Baby home – 3# 6
July 23: 3# 12 1/2
July 30: Same
August 1: 3# 12 1/2 oz
August 6: 4 – 3
August 13: 4 – 7
August 20: 4 – 12 1/2
August 27: 4 – 7
August 30: 4 – 5
September 3: 4 – 7
September 10: 4 – 8
September 12: cow’s milk
September 15: 4 – 13
September 17: 4 – 7
September 19: 4 – 5
September 22: SMA, 4 – 4
September 28: Back to hospital at 9 pm
September 30: Died at 5 pm
October 2: We buried our dear baby 3 months, 3 weeks
October 18: At Hospital
October 20: Operated for appendicitis & perineal op
October 22: Real ill
Lois Evelyn Johnson’s Death Certificate
Birth: June 9, 1927
Death: Sept 30, 1927 at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio
Normal residence was in Fairfield (now part of Fairborn), Greene County, Ohio
Female, White, Single
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio
Age at Death: 3 months, 4 days (this is incorrect just based on dates)
Father: Glenn (spelling incorrect) Johnson, born Anderson, Indiana
Mother: Vesta Wilt, born Noblesville, Indiana
Informant: Glen R. Johnson, Fairfield, Ohio
Death occurred at 6 pm
Cause of Death: 7 mo. premature birth; summer diarrhea, malnutrition
Place of Burial: Fairfield Cemetery, Oct 3rd 1927
It appears – based on calendar notes – that my grandmother was very vigilant about checking Lois’ weight and even changing what type of nutrition she was receiving. Lois probably started out being breast-fed and then when she failed to gain enough, was switched to cow’s milk. She did appear to gain some weight but then started to taper off again. My grandmother then switched her to SMA Formula but that didn’t seem to help. I believe the X’s at certain dates of Lois’ life probably indicated either the beginning of diarrhea or a dr. appointment.
Talking to my mom a year ago, I discovered that Lois had been able to go home from the hospital. I was always under the impression that she had to remain there. Mom had told me that her baby sister had been put next to a heat source in order to keep her body temperature up.
Lois Evelyn didn’t remain at Fairfield Cemetery. Years later a family had lost their children in a fire (or some other calamity) and a call went out through the community for burial plots or money to help bury the children. My grandparents gave up their plots and decided to remove their baby daughter to the cemetery they had chosen would be their final resting place. Mom had told me several times the gruesome tale of how my grandmother had wanted to see her baby daughter one more time after she was disinterred and asked that her casket be opened. Apparently she was pretty well preserved until the air touched her remains. Lois was then interred – permanently – at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in New Carlisle, Ohio. Almost 40 years after she died, her parents joined her in eternal rest (in 1984 and 1985). Now, though unfortunate, most of the family is together – lying close together in a very peaceful setting: Lois’ oldest brother and her next to oldest sister (my mother). My aunt, the oldest daughter, is buried several miles away in the community’s Catholic cemetery.
Medical technology has come such a long way since 1927. If Lois Evelyn had been born within the last 10-15 years, she would probably be well cared for and received the right nutrition. Her gastric distress was probably due to her prematurity and she may have been placed on a feeding tube or receive IV nutrients.
My grandmother spoke of Lois Evelyn often. She never stopped mourning her last born child. She had shown me one picture of the little one lying on a blanket. I’ve not seen that photo again. The picture I do have, I will not post. It is her final picture – in her casket at her funeral. A banner reading “Our Baby” is draped above her on the lid. She was very, very tiny. And for all these years, she’s been an angel.
Rest in Peace, Lois Evelyn