Monday Meanderings: Caveat Investigator

Gustave Anjou You’ve probably never heard of him, but if you’re researching your family’s ancestry, you need to know about Gustave Anjou.  He was born on December 1, 1863 in Sweden as Gustaf Ludvig Jungberg, illegitimate son of Carl Gustaf Jungberg...

Surname Saturday: Rupe/Rupp/Roop

Today’s surname is a family name – my great grandmother Maude Hall was a Rupe.  She was quite a character (more on that later).  The name is mostly likely of Germanic origins although there are various theories as to its exact meaning and derivation: 4Crests: A...

Surname Saturday: Bumpus

This surname has French origins and appeared in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066.  Perhaps a French nickname it derived from the French phrase “bon pas” which means “fast pace”, a swift walker, runner or perhaps someone who was a messenger.  One source...

Ghost Town Wednesday: Tee Pee City, Texas

This ghost town in Motley County, Texas was once a Comanche village near where Tee Pee Creek merges with the middle fork of the Pease River.  In 1875 it was established as one of the first Texas Panhandle settlements as a buffalo hunting and surveyor camp by Charles...

Feisty Females: Neta Snook

When Amelia Earhart wanted to learn how to fly an airplane, the deal she struck with her parents required she be taught by a woman pilot.  That pilot, Neta Snook, was a woman of many “firsts” – one of the first female aviators, she was the first woman accepted into a...