Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - England

James Loyd England
1948 - 1999
I recently saw this headstone at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington. It struck me first, because the man was a Vietnam Veteran. For me, the Vietnam War doesn't seem so long ago. I know many men who bravely served there, and came home to less than a hero's welcome. The second thing I noted was the inscription at the bottom: "I DID IT MY WAY." This made me smile. I think James was an interesting individual, though I know nothing about him. That song, or phrase, was also a theme in my father-in-law's life, adding an extra element to my smile. RIP, and with honor, James Loyd England.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Buffalo Bill

Today is Buffalo Bill's birthday!

Fold3 shared a link to their page sharing information and pictures about the famous entertainer. You can view their page here.

It reminded me that Uncle Jack (John) Aitchison got to see Buffalo Bill at the Canyon County Fair held in Caldwell, Idaho. He left this brief comment: "Whenever a circus came to town (Caldwell), we would always go. I saw Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show a couple of times. He looked like the pictures of him, and he always rode a white horse."

Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show


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Sunday, February 9, 2014

New Link at familysearch.org

I love to experiment. Period. 
So, when I logged onto FamilySearch this morning and saw this
I had to see what it was about. 
When I clicked on 'Get Started,' this is what I got
I know, at this point I could have taken a lesson, or a tour, or...
But, I plunged right in. I clicked on 
You can click on this image, if you want to experiment, too!

And this is what came up next!
(after signing in with my FamilySearch log-in information)
Pretty cool! I had to click around on the colored dots to figure
out what it was all about, but that was fun, too!

Eventually, I settled on a chart beginning 
with my ancestor, John Hargreaves.
John Hargreaves is represented by the small square in the circle at the center of the chart.
Some of the information on the chart is unfamiliar to me.
Since it is all generated by Family Tree, I could hover over a colored shape and shift-click to be taken straight to the Person Details page
at FamilySearch for the individual I want to view.
This is gonna be fun! Check it out!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

A few years ago, I shared the post below to commemorate Thanksgiving Day in the United States. I am still honored to be descended from so many of the people who made the arduous, but hopeful, journey across the Atlantic Ocean seeking a better life. I am amazed at their tenacity and the hard work to survive. I think we can all look to them as examples of faith, hope and determination, whether we are related to them, or not.

I have double-checked the links and made updates, where necessary. Please enjoy read. I have also linked to my post outlining my Mayflower ancestors.

How nice to have a day set aside to really pay attention to the things for which we can be thankful; like football, the parade, an overabundance of food, and our heritage!

Today, especially, many of us can look to the passengers of the famous Mayflower for examples of courage, endurance and faith. Through my parents, I am descended from at least 11 of those brave individuals. I love to read about them. Their stories are interesting and inspiring.

One of the things I learned about the Mayflower passengers recently, is that they were originally identified as 'saints' and 'strangers,' depending on their origins or reasons for making the voyage to America. Ultimately, however, any of them who survived the journey is considered a 'pilgrim.' I am descended from persons both saint and stranger.

If you would like to learn more about the Mayflower and her passengers, and possibly some of the more famous descendants of those passengers, I have included a list of links to very helpful sites. Be careful! You might find yourself reading and searching for a very long time. Enjoy, and be thankful!

Ancestry.com also has some great Mayflower resources ( from 'Search' drop-down box, select 'Card Catalog;' type 'Mayflower' into the keyword field; you'll be able to see the results list, but need account to see results within each database)

My Mayflower Ancestors

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Soulos

Tom T. Soulos
1885 - 1965
Tom Theodor Soulos was born on August 15, 1885, in Calaurkata, Greece. 
He registered for the draft in Seattle on April 26, 1942. He apparently never married. 
He died March 31,1965, in Seattle, King County, Washington. He is buried in the Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park in Seattle.

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