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Coming to Terms

Coming to Terms

Many of my ancestors can be found in the six-volume set of books titled  “Notable Southern Families.” That’s great news for anyone doing genealogy research because the books include the begats as well as American Revolution, War of 1812 and Civil War information about hundreds upon hundreds of people. The reason so many of my ancestors are listed [...]

Mystery Man

Mystery Man

  Brenda Starr had her mystery man. . .and now I have mine. Who is this gentleman? I was convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was Andrew Jackson, my great-great-great grandfather about whom I’ve written on my blog not only once but twice. He was a Confederate officer during the Civil War, was [...]

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

  Happy Thanksgiving!   I am thankful for my children. . .     . . .my grandchildren. . .       . . .that I had parents who loved me. .     . . .and that I have siblings who are very dear to me.     I have been truly blessed.   [...]

My Ancestors of Old Linn Creek

My Ancestors of Old Linn Creek

  For generations Linn Creek, Missouri, was a thriving town in Camden County. Now referred to as Old Linn Creek, it had a few doctors over the years, including my great-great grandfather Dr. Joel C. Crouch (1825-1873), who was the town physician from 1860 to 1873. He was commissioned as a Civil War surgeon on [...]

Do You Want to Know a Secret?

Do You Want to Know a Secret?

When I was a kid we played the telephone game, AKA Chinese whispers: whisper a little story in someone’s ear, then that person whispers it to the next in line, and so on, until the last person tells the story out loud for all to hear, but by then it has changed a little or [...]

Keeper of the Plains

Keeper of the Plains

  Monday and yesterday I was in Wichita, Kansas, visiting my cousin Alice. We had a great time at an event Monday evening (see those photos here!) and at about 10 p.m. we walked about four blocks from her home to see the “Keeper of the Plains.”   It’s a 45-foot-tall (not including the 30-foot rock base) [...]

Moonrise on Pea Ridge Battlefield

Moonrise on Pea Ridge Battlefield

  Yesterday, after a full day of family genealogy research at the Bentonville, Arkansas, Public Library and the Benton County Historical Society, I traveled about half an hour to Pea Ridge Battlefield National Park. As you can see in the photo above, the moon was on the rise when I arrived.   The interpretive center was [...]

The Historic Craig-Bryan House

The Historic Craig-Bryan House

  As a young man my great-great-great grandfather James Terrill Craig spent two years out west during the California Gold Rush.   In 1871, when he was 53, he had this lovely 4,800-square-foot home built at 307 Central Ave. in Bentonville, Arkansas. He was one of the earliest settlers of this city and made his fortune as a [...]

Bloggers’ Tour of City Hall this Saturday!

Bloggers’ Tour of City Hall this Saturday!

If you’re a fellow blogger, join me for a behind-the-scenes tour of the 1920s-era City Hall, including background about the history and architecture of Pasadena’s most famous landmark.   We’ll meet in the courtyard this Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10:30 a.m., then go along corridors, into stairwells, all around the courtyard and every other exterior nook [...]

What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

    Tom Coston led about a dozen Pasadena Museum of History docents in a tour yesterday of the new exhibition “What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been: 35 Years of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade.”   I’m not a docent but came along for the ride anyway.   The collection winds around a large [...]