Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - My Brother, Santa Claus






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Friday, December 18, 2009

Mom & Dad's 54th Wedding Anniversary



Today would have been my Mom and Dad's 54th wedding anniversary!



They were married today in Zion Lutheran Church in Terra Bella, California.  Mom always told me that Dad only married her for her car.  (Dad was in the Navy at the time and had no need for a car of his own except when he was on leave.)  

Here is a photo of them and "the car" taken in August 1955.



They married the week before Christmas because my Dad asked my Mom to go with him to Texas to meet his family.  Now being the respectable girl, Mom said she could not go all the way to Texas with a man that was not her husband.  I guess Dad really wanted Mom to meet his family!  They had a small reception at her parents house.  Then they were off  on their "honeymoon", which was the car trip from California to Texas to meet Dad's family.  (They never did get a "proper" honeymoon.  Mom always wanted to go to Hawaii but she wouldn't get on a ship or fly. But that is another story!)


Here are some photos of the event:







My Dad passed away in October 1998, so they did not even get to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary but I always remember this day as theirs.


Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!




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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Sad Snowman







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Blog Caroling Christmas 2009


Everyone ready to sing?  Below are my two favorite Christmas carols, one religious and the other secular.  Like footMaven, I sing much better online then in person!  




Away in a Manger     

Away in a manger, no crib for his bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head;

The stars in the sky look down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.


The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus; look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh.


Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask thee to stay
Close by me forever and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care
And take us to heaven to live with thee there.

(Information about Away in a Manger can be found on Wikipedia. )








Jingle Bell Rock 

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring
Snowing and blowing up bushels of fun
Now the jingle hop has begun


Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time
Dancing and prancing in Jingle Bell Square
In the frosty air.


What a bright time, it's the right time
To rock the night away
Jingle bell time is a swell time
To go gliding in a one-horse sleigh
Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet
Jingle around the clock
Mix and a-mingle in the jingling feet
That's the jingle bell,
That's the jingle bell,
That's the jingle bell rock.



(Written by Jim Boothe and Joe Beal.  First released by Bobby Helms in 1957. Lyrics from christmas-lyrics.org.)


Merry Christmas everyone!  Blessings to you and yours this Holiday Season!


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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Comics

Two of the best comics on the topic of genealogy or internet sources.  I hope you like them as much as I do.



Wizard of Id










The Whole Internet Truth





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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday - Small Butterfly Quilt

This is one of the smaller quilts I have.  It is not big enough to fit on a twin size bed and is possibly a baby blanket or a rocking chair blanket.




 Below is a close up of one butterfly and a close up of the embroidered center circle.













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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Wordless Wednesday (nearly) - Christmas play "The First Leon"




My young man in lead roll of Leon in school Christmas play, "The First Leon".  He was in fifth grade and was the youngest child in the main cast.

Photo: School Christmas Play, "The First Leon" 2006. Torrance, Los Angeles Co., California. Digital image. Privately held by Regina De León, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], California, 2009.  All rights reserved.




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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Great Grandfather, Robert Edgar Crew


Robert Edgar Crew
Born:  23 December 1885 in Erath County, Texas
Died:  15 June 1962 in Abilene, Taylor County,Texas
Burial at Abilene Municipal Cemetery - Abilene, Taylor County, Texas


He went by Edgar most of his life.
Son of Elisha Crew and Cyrena Florence Ash.  Husband of Allie Rigsby and Bessie Patterson.





Undated photo of Edgar Crew.




Obituary of Edgar Crew.



Death certificate of Robert Edgar Crew.



- Photo: Marker of Edgar Crew, 2007. Added to Find A grave by: amtsunshine, 9/18/2007.  Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA. Digital image. Used with permission.

- Photo: Robert Edgar Crew, date unknown.  Location unknown. Digital image.
Privately held by Regina De León, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], California, 2009.  All rights reserved.


- Obituary of Edgar Crew; Paper and date unknown.  Privately held by Regina De León, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], California. 


- Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics. Texas death certificate index entry. From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org), 
  8 December 2009. Certificate RN39005, Robert Edgar Crew, 15 June 1962.




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Monday, December 07, 2009

Stuff from my mom - Part two

Actually, I've had this envelope from my mom since June but have not looked into it completely.  Since I listed the last envelopes contents I thought I'd do the same with this one.

  • Birth announcements for twin girls of Mr. & Mrs. Don Baker. 1957
  • Birth announcement for son of Donald Bynum. 1957
  • Birth announcement for son of Don & Fay Bynum. 1966
  • Obituary for Viola Bynum. Paper and date unknown.
  • Obituary for Joe Bynum.  Paper and date unknown.
  • Memorial card for Tommie Bynum. 1982
  • Church bulletin showing baptism and adult confirmation of J C Bynum. 1979
  • Photograph of the Bynum Texas city sign.  Date unknown.
  • Notes regarding the naming of Bynum Texas.
  • Wedding photo of Maria and Eric Tucker. 2000
  • Photo Christmas card from Gary Tucker family. 1992
  • Birth announcement for daughter of Oda & Laura Crew. 1963.
  • Invitation to 40th Wedding Anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. Virgil Crew. 1970.
  • U. S. Government Operator's Permit of J C Bynum. exp. 1957.  No photo. With signature. 
  • Memorial card of Minnie DeLaney. 1960
  • Obituary of Minnie DeLaney.  Paper and date unknown.
  • Postcard to mom from dad.  Undated. (ask mom)
  • There notes to dad from his brother, J D.  In envelope dated 1997. Not all notes came at same time.
  • Memorial card for Floyd Cothran.  Grandma Crew's best friends husband. No relation.
  • Three letters to mom from dad.  1958.
  • Birth announcement for son of Gary & Dianna Tucker. 1975.
  • Memorial card for Virgil Crew. 
  • Obituary of George Walton.  Paper and date unknown.
  • Birth announcement for son of Glenn and Patti Montgomery. 1969.
  • Memorial card for Melmer Ward. 
  • Memorial card for Edwin DeLaney.
  • Memorial card for Glenn Montgomery. Note to mom from wife of Glenn.
  • Birth announcement for daughter of Steve and Erin Montgomery. 1967.
  • Memorial card for Agnes Montgomery. 
  • Photo Christmas card from Diana and Gary Tucker. 2008
  • Certificate of Baptism for mom. 
  • Letter to mom and dad from Veda Ward.  undated.
  • Two different 8th grade diplomas for mom.
  • Photo - Bill and Pat Motts. 2002 ( Unknown relation.)







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Stuff from my mom

Back in early October my mom told me she had been going through the "junk" in her house and she would be bringing me anything she thought I might be interested in.  Well she ended up here in the middle of October due to my brother being in the hospital but she remembered to tuck the envelope of stuff into her belongings and give them to me.  I've not had a chance to go through them until now so I thought I'd share what she brought.  Here's the laundry list.


  • Purchase papers for my mom's 1997 Ford Escort.  This car has long since been sold and is probably in the scrap heap now.  (Not sure how these papers are relevant for genealogy research other then dates and my father's signature.)
 
  • Two vehicle registrations for my father's 1984 Toyota truck.  This vehicle was sold after my father passed in 1999.  (Again, don't understand how this information can be used for genealogy.)  

  • Completed California tax forms 1954 - 1958 and 1960 - 1962.  Some include the returned payment checks.  My mother even kept the 1955 instructions.  (These are a goldmine of genealogical information.  They include address, occupation, SS#'s, income information, etc.  I will have to send some time going over these.)
 
  • Bills, insurance benefits and payments from my mother's 1958 surgery. 
 
  • Mom's performance reviews and State of California certificate of completion for "Psychiatric Technician" at the Porterville State Hospital.   
 
  • 1984 letter from my uncle, Joe Bynum along with a photograph.
 
  • 1957 letter from my uncle, Oda Crew announcing the birth of daughter.
 
  •  Interoffice Memorandum dated 20 September 1971 announcing my father's promotion.
 
  • Interoffice Memorandum dated 24 May 1971 announcing my father's promotion.

  •  Practical Nursing Certificate for my mother, dated 6 June 1962 along with postcard from teacher giving final grade as "B".
 
  •  Mom's Volunteer Service Certificate from Harbor General Hospital dated 1963.
 
  •  Grade report for Harbor College dated 1972.
 
  • 25th wedding anniversary party invitation,  napkin and thank you note from Agnes and Frank Montgomery dated 1962.
 
  • Birthday party invitation for Edwin DeLaney dated 1989.
 
  • Scroll from wedding of Erin and Jamie Ellis 1994.
 
  • Admission papers and billing information from brother's 1960 Tonsillectomy.
 
  • Graduation announcement for Cindy Connole 1996.  Also letter to Glady's Crew for Cindy.
 
  • Letter dated 1962 from my father to my mother. (Have to ask mom about this.  Not sure why they were separated at that time.)
 
  •  Christmas wishes letter from mom's best friend. It is undated.
 
  •  Mom's final pay stub and letter announcing closing of store, Grain d'or.  Dated 1991.
 
  • Memorial service card for Mildred Rambo. Dated 1978.
 
  • "New Home" greeting card with names of all who attended housewarming party.  1967 Mom and dad's first home.
 
  • Obituary of Edwin DeLaney. Paper and date unknown.
 
  • Memorial card from service of Edwin DeLaney.
 
  • Memorial service program of Edwin DeLaney.
 
  • Photocopy of a poem written by Edwin DeLaney.  Undated. 


Thanks mom!  I'm so glad you never throw anything away!






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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday - Classic Pattern Quilt

Here is another of the quilts my grandmother made.  It is a very classic quilt pattern made of small one inch squares.  I can't imagine how long it took her to piece together and sew all those squares!





Here is a close up of the center squares.  As you can see from the photos, the quilt is in need of repair.  I don't sew so I'll have to find someone else to do that, probably Mom.




Photo: Classic Pattern Quilt and close up. Digital image. Privately held by Regina De León, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], California, 2009.  All rights reserved.



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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Disneyland 1964, Indian Village, Ceremonial Dance Circle




Photo: Disneyland - "Indian Village - Ceremonial Dance Circle", July 1964. Anaheim. Orange Co., California.  Digital image. Privately held by Regina De León, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], California, 2009.  All rights reserved.


Again this is another Disneyland attraction that no longer exists.  You can find out more about it at Yesterdayland and Daveland.





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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Data Backup Day - My Data Back Up Plan

My data back up plan:
  • My computer hard drive is backed up every day with Mozy remote back up service.  I double checked the folders and files being backed up so I'm sure everything of importance is filed away remotely.
  • Back up blog template and blog posts to my hard drive.  Double check they are part of the daily off site back up routine.
  • Back up my genealogy related items and blog items to a portable hard drive.
Hopefully by following this strategy, when my hard drive fails (as I'm sure it will do someday!) everything will be safe and sound.



So I ask you dear readers, is there anything that you would add?  Did I miss something important? Let me know your thoughts in comments.

 




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Tombstone Tuesday - Sidney Howard Spiers



Sidney Howard Spiers
Born: 4 December 1909 in Texas
Died: 3 October 1952 in Dallas County, Texas
Burial: Keenan Cemetery - Farmers Branch, Dallas County, Texas


Sidney is the son of Odas Wheeler Spiers and Pearl Montgomery.  Making him my first cousin twice removed.


The marker appears to be sinking into the ground.  Nova, the photographer dug several inches into the dirt around the marker to capture the death date.  I wonder what other useful information might be lost to the dirt?

Thanks to Nova aka Find A Grave contributor Lemstar97 for taking this photo and for kindly giving me permission to use it.



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