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Week #4 — Closest to My Birthday, Homer Kuykendall Shanks, #4

While my dad’s birthday is closer to mine, I felt I *had* to write about Papa, my dad’s dad.  His birthday is about 3 weeks after mine, he died the day before my 13th birthday, and I just discovered this … Continue reading

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The Brightest Shiniest Object of the Year

I walked through my front door last Saturday evening — the first time since Tuesday morning — at the end of my trip to the 2015 National Genealogical Society conference in Missouri, and my husband told me, “Open the box!” … Continue reading

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Daniel Boone was an “Assee”!

She said what?! Judy G. Russell didn’t stutter.  Daniel Boone, frontiersman extraordinaire, was an “assee”.  Frankly, I didn’t see what the fuss was about — frontiersmen weren’t known for minding their Ps and Qs.  But then she showed us the … Continue reading

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The Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri

On our approach to the St. Louis airport, we passed by the Gateway Arch . . . and I changed my mind. Getting me out of the house takes a logistical miracle.  I have two teenagers with multiple disabilities, and … Continue reading

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Week 3 — Tough Woman, Effie Cordelia Thomas (#15)

The topic “tough woman” doesn’t narrow the field for me.  After all, I’m a 5th generation native-born Texan . . . apparently, we like it tough, but one of the toughest I know is my great-grandmother Effie. Effie was born … Continue reading

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Citizen Archivist

In December 2013, I had the pleasure of working with archivists of the National Archives at Fort Worth on their project of transcribing inbound ships’ slaves manifests from the Port of New Orleans.  I was allowed to personally handle the … Continue reading

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Week 2: King, Alfred Joseph Carr (#46)

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, spoke those words, I’m sure he … Continue reading

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