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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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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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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

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