Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Singing...

Time for church again! Let's all head to the church in the woods! I've saved you a spot next to me on the pew! Let's all join in the singin'! Betcha know most of these old hymns and songs!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Secret Saturday

It isn't really a secret. But she's an ancestor of mine. Do you know who she is?

Let us see your guess! No prizes, just the honor of excelling in your history!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday Throwback

Yes, that's me playing the piano and my sister helping me sing Christmas carols. As I recall it was a great Christmas! Back when I could still sing, before the steroids robbed me of a singers voice.  (I still sing, just not so purty!)

Do you play any musical instruments? What do you play?

Anyone still play a recorder? (Do you remember learning to play one in school?) Or how about a kazoo? I recently heard a recording of a man playing a kazoo, and it sounded so good! Not at all what I was expecting?

But for today, let me introduce you to THIS very amazing kazoo player. (If this offends you, I am sorry, I just find it absolutely hilarious, so if you are sensitive to someone playing the kazoo in a rather unorthodox manner, then you may want to forego watching the following., and that's okay. I'll understand.)

And before you ask, yes I do play the kazoo. Just not as talented as this lovely lady! Ha ha!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday's Memorials

On January 1, 1953 country music legend, Hank Williams, Sr. died in Oak Hill, West Virginia. He was 29 years old.

The above highway sign is one that I pass every Friday as I go to Oak Hill to visit clients I have there. It is on this stretch of highway that Williams died.

There are many types of memorials for individuals who were both famous, infamous, or just ordinary people. Some are highways, bridges, buildings, and even organizations.

Are there any memorials near you? If so, what kinds are there? Are there any memorials for someone in your family? An ancestor?

We'd love to hear your responses!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Making the Best of It

Have you ever worked really hard at getting a family history written, only to have one single person put a stopping block in your way?

You know the one I'm talking about. That person who says, "I don't want you to put my parents names in your history!" (Or grandparents, or my branch of the tree, or some such thing.)

When you try to explain you are only writing the history, and won't put in any personal information other than birth, death and marriage dates, they become furious! They don't want any of their family information included!

So, how do you handle that kind of situation. 

Of course, if the party is living, I will leave it out. I never publish private information on anyone who is living without their express consent. However, if the information is more than 75 years old, I go ahead with publication. It is all a matter of public record. I do try to be as discreet as possible for individuals who adamantly don't want their next generation listed. But sometimes, these are elderly individuals (those making the demands), and their parents have been gone many years. 

It isn't possible to please every one all the time, although we all try to. To be certain that we don't break any laws, we do not use any conjectures, or theories. We only deal in cold, hard facts. No second hand stories from a third cousin 4 times removed, etc. 

Be sure to check that you have citations for your facts. And use ONLY facts. 

Making the best of a bad situation is about all we can do in the end. 

However, if what you are compiling is a private family tree, for your eyes only, you can include whatever you want! Just make sure you document, document, document where you got your information from!

Have you ever had to face this kind of situation? What did you do? If you haven't faced this, what would you do?