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So why do I sneeze so much?

A couple of weeks ago one of my Facebook friends, J Paul Hawthorne of GeneaSpy blog, posted an Excel spreadsheet that went viral on social media. In his spreadsheet he listed where 5 generations of his family were born. I thought what a wonderful idea it was so I joined in on the fun. It wasn’t until a day ago I realized what a wonderful thing to post to this blog.

So here it is:

My Five Generation Custom Chart JPH v2 Birth Places

I’m the first one on the left. My parents are the next row and so on. SOOOO, seeing this I have one question……..why am I so allergic to Kentucky’s native flora? I mean my ancestors have lived, worked and worshiped in this state for over 200 years! Shouldn’t that make MY body more accustomed to the native pollen in this state?

Well anyway it is interesting to see all of the Kentucky listed on the chart. I guess to get a little color variation I could list the different counties and make them different colors.

What would your chart look like?

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Posted in Photo Album, Tuesday's Tip

Tuesday’s Tip – Ganging up on unlabeled pictures

As I updated you all yesterday about what I have been doing to keep myself busy the last couple of months, I thought I’d pass along a little tip I have picked up.

Unfortunately, not all of the pictures in my piles can be forwarded to unsuspecting I mean lucky recipients. This is because they have not been labeled or identified as of yet.

What is a researching genealogist to do?

How about enlisting help from the distant cousin mentioned earlier? The main reason I “enlisted” his help in this project is because he has a different set of pictures and a different knowledge base than I do. So I thought the two of us might be able to “gang up” on the unlabeled pictures in both of our collections.

Here’s a couple examples of our successes:

First case – I emailed Cousin Joe a picture I know was taken at a family reunion and based on my mother’s apparent age in the picture was taken in the 40’s. I listed the names of the people I knew in the picture (which was only my mother, her parents and siblings) and asked Joe if he could name the people in the picture which he knew. He emails me back the next day with the name of everyone else in the picture. Success #1

Second case – Cousin Joe emails me two pictures of unknowns in his collection and ask me if I knew anything about either one of them. The first picture was of a couple with which I was unfamiliar. Fail #1 But the second one was of a baby sitting outside in a rocking chair. I immediately recognized this baby as one I had in my collection. Not only did I know the name of the baby, I could tell him the month and year the picture was taken. I was only able to do this because I had the companion picture to his picture. My picture contained my mother’s oldest sister standing beside the very same rocking chair holding the very same baby……my mother’s oldest brother. The information on the back of my picture was written by my grandmother so I am pretty certain as to the accuracy of the information. Success #2

In most of the pictures we have been questioning each other about, we have been able to help each other probably a good 40% of the time.

So if you have a group of pictures you aren’t sure who the people are in them (who doesn’t have those?) try “ganging up” on them with a fellow researcher, distant cousin, elderly relative or neighbors that lived near your families.

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What I’ve been up to lately?

I have written before how I was starting to label my parents & grandparents pictures. Well since then I’ve inherited more pictures from an aunt and a distant cousin, who is also going through inherited family pictures. (Yes, some times it seems to be a constant game of picture swap!)

I hadn’t realized how many pictures I had until gathering them together in a group. It was then I asked myself “Do I really want to house pictures of, not just direct ancestors, but cousins, aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles…..and on and on?” Well the answer is NO. It was then I decided the pictures of people who are not my direct line and have descendants (the lucky ones I can track down) need to go to them.

SO, this has been my project for the last eight months or so….Reuniting pictures with their people. It has been very rewarding mailing off pictures to distant cousins for at least two reasons:

1. seeing my pile of non-direct line ancestors dwindling Yah!


2. to give a face to a name in a genealogy program or a faded memory of a loved one long gone.

It’s nice to make a relative happy!

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Posted in New blog look, Uncategorized

Starting the new year with a new blog & new look

Well I have officially done it! I’ve thought about it for a while and I finally decided to move on my idea…..what is that you ask? Well the idea I’ve had for a while is to move my blog from my old site at to this site.

I’m not sure what caused the abrupt change of attitude from thinking about it to doing it but I did.  Yeah!

As with most people when I move, I like to change things up a little and get a new look. So I’ve changed the look of the site as well.

Please let me know what you think.

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Happy Birthday Minnie!

My paternal grandmother, Minnie Frances Shofner, was born on this date in 1915 in Allendale, Green County, Kentucky. SOOO thanks to my public school education I know she would have been 100 years old today.

I have found these wonderful pictures of her as a young girl and young woman in family photo albums.

Minnie Shofner as a young girl
Minnie Shofner as a young girl in school
Minnie Shofner in about 1933 wearing a red dress

Happy Birthday Grandma and hope you enjoy the pictures.

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from The Sum Of All My Research

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Mystery Monday – Eliza and possible Eliza

Ok I know I’ve asked you my dear readers to give opinions on family pictures the last couple of blog postings, but I really do value your thoughts and ideas. So here’s another chance for you all to give me your 2 cents. I have a wonderful picture of a young woman only recently found in family pictures. Of course there is no label or pencil marking(s) stating or hinting at her identity.

Here’s what I DO know:

  1. She’s pretty
  2. The picture is on metal probably tin
  3. Her earrings, necklace and lace are painted on or enhanced
  4. It was found with my maternal aunt’s family pictures – that narrows down the possibilities

Ok here is where your 2 cents come in……

The picture on the left is the newly found picture. The one on the right is a known picture of my great-great grandmother, Eliza Ann (Scott) DeSpain. So I put them side by side so you can see any similarities or differences they may have:

The longer I look at them the more I think they look alike. I will refrain from stating my opinion of their similarities so see what you all come up with.

As always thank you all so much for taking the time to read and comment on this blog of mine.

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from The Sum Of All My Research

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Veteran’s Day – One mother’s thoughts on having a son at war

Wishing everyone a happy Veteran’s day. I found this clipping that my maternal grandmother, Gussie (DeSpain) Munday had posted in the newspaper. It is about how she (and probably the family) felt about her son, William L Munday, being in Germany and the war.

The clipping reads:

“Dedicated to my son, T/5 William L. Munday, in Germany.
Many months ago as the battles raged on and the old war clouds hung so low, we stood at the bus station one afternoon and watched our darling go. As we held him closely in our arms and bid him goodbye, we thought our hearts would break, but with bright eyes and a sweet brave smile, he said goodbye through falling tears. We watched him go as he stepped in the bus. We prayed “Dear God in Heaven, keep him through this awful war.”
Then the days and weeks went by, not knowning what we might hear, but praying continually to God to keep our soldier dear.
After weeks came a letter, telling us he had landed and was fine and now in Belgium. Our hearts rejoiced to hear again. He said, “Dear ones, don’t worry. I am trusting God, the one that can and will take care of me. Just take care of yourselves. I want you both living when I come home.”
But well we knew he was marching on to the battlefront; still our faith was unshaken in God who gives his angels charge over his children. Oh the days and weeks slipped slowly by, while across the sea he fought – a soldier brave helping to gain the victory, as he wrote “it was very, very thrilling to toss shells at the Germans and they would toss shells back at us.”
The fighting is over, the victory won; he filled his mission and now we hope how soon he can return. Oh happy day, when he takes that last boat ride, coming back to the good old country he loves so well.
– By his mother, Mrs. R. S. Munday.”

There aren’t any notations stating in which paper it was posted or what day.

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from The Sum Of All My Research