Wednesday, September 14, 2011


This is going to be a busy week.  Monday I  presented the program "Fur Traders: Was your ancestor a Mountain Man?" to the Ellis County Genealogical Society.  Tonight I will be in Plano presenting, "Googling for Genealogists" to the Collin County Genealogical Society, and Saturday, I will be presenting the same program at the DeSoto Public Library. They are all open to the public so if you are nearby......

Monday, September 5, 2011

Family Pictures

Our family had a tragedy this summer, in that my Aunt and Uncle's house burned to the ground.  It made me realize our collective memories are fragile.  Along with my grandmother's pedal sewing machine, most of her pictures are now gone.  There were pictures of her with her cousins and friends that had no copies any where else.  Along with the images, the names of those friends are in jeopardy.  I don't know if any of her children remember them or not.  Another question I need to ask at the next reunion or sooner if I get the chance. Meanwhile I've decided that we have to spread our family pictures out more, so that one tragedy will not claim them all.  I realized that I have pictures of my brothers and sisters that I took with my brownie box camera that no one else has.

Since getting the Flip Pal scanner, I've been scanning pictures every time I go to visit my parents.  This weekend I didn't scan any, but I did bring some home to scan on a larger scanner.  This picture is of my Grandparents, Gladys Mamie Sample and Thomas Osa McCarley and their first daughter, my Mother, Gwonda.  My Grandmother was only 15 when she got married and is probably 16 in this picture.