Did I take a vacation away from the keyboard the last couple of weeks? No. On the contrary, I’ve been quite busy with research and working on the design of my new web site – which, by the way, will be at this new address in the near future: digging-history.com. Here’s a peek at the new banner:
I’ve been working on various genealogy research projects, starting a new one for my sister-in-law’s family. One thing I love about family history research is I’m always stumbling across more stories for the blog, Tombstone Tuesday articles and more. I should have some interesting ones coming up soon.
Another thing I love about family history research is combing the internet for pictures and other records of someone’s ancestors. I found a very old picture, a tintype, of my sister-in-law’s great-great-great grandfather John Armour Garvin. It didn’t say when the picture was taken but he was born in 1802 and died in 1881.
I’ve also been reading some interesting history books which I’ll review soon. One is about a doctor by the name of Thomas Dent Mütter, a nineteenth century plastic surgeon. The book is filled with fascinating stories of maladies he treated, performing miracles it seemed, during that time in history. The other I just started – Glenn Beck’s new book Dreamers and Deceivers. From this book I’ve been noting some obscure pieces of history for later use in blog articles. Fun stuff.
One Fantastic Blog Day
In early December, the blog received its most views ever – 366 views and 212 visitors that day. This morning I received an email that warmed my heart, thanking me for the stories I write, and a suggestion for a future article.
I’m always open for suggestions for articles (Tombstone Tuesday, pieces of obscure history, etc.) or surnames to research. The most viewed Surname Saturday article this past year was the result of a friend’s personal request (Kitten). It was very popular with the Kitten family, who have since invited me to their reunion this year so I can hear more of their family stories. I love that!
“An-ces-tor-ies” and “Fresh Eyes”
The new web site will feature the blog, but I will also be moving (eventually) everything over from the current History Depot site and combining the two at digging-history.com. That means I will have links for the services I offer, plus a couple of new endeavors I call “An-ces-tor-ies” and “Fresh Eyes”.
If you’ve always wanted to tell your family history in story form and not just with pedigree charts, birth and death dates, which by the way can be mind-boggling, I will write your family’s history, whether it’s specific family lines or just a prominent ancestor. The Tombstone Tuesday article I wrote last year for Henry Collis and Zipporah Chandler Rice is a good example of the kind of writing format you might see.
It won’t just be cold hard facts about their lives, but the history they themselves were living through, this to make your ancestors and the challenges they faced come alive and have meaning. I think it’s a great way to pass down family history in written form.
“Fresh Eyes” is a service I’ll offer especially for family researchers who might be stuck, or at a “brick wall” as we genealogists call it. It’s a way for them to have someone else take a look at what they’ve researched and see if perhaps a different perspective or research technique might help them bust through that brick wall. Plus, the client decides how much time they want expended on their behalf to keep within a certain budget. All kinds of possibilities here, including research verification, editing and writing.
For those who have never researched their family’s history and don’t have time or don’t know how, I will be offering research packages which can also include writing your family’s history and formatting a decorative pedigree chart like this examples (there are many more to choose from):
Another idea I’m working on is a way to assist in funding family history research, because, depending on how far back one wants to go, it can require extensive research, perhaps traveling to certain locations to glean information not readily available on the internet. I’ve made some interesting discoveries of late, including finding a Mayflower ancestor for a friend.
It’s taken me a year of daily blogging to fall deeply in love with writing, and I hope my diligence is reflected in my work. I have some book ideas for local and regional history (Lubbock, West Texas) but I’m always trolling for unique stories that perhaps have never been told. If you know of a story that needs to be told, please feel free to pass it along to me. It could either end up as a blog article or series, or who knows?
Something To Think About?
I was researching a suggested article and came across this story from the July 5, 1936 issue of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
Mrs. Butler Funderburk, critically ill, asked the Rev. J.B. Little to conduct her funeral while she still was alive, so she could hear it. So, Mr. Little announced the “funeral service” and scores gathered for the solemn occasion. Mrs. Funderburk lay in her bed while prayers were offered and hymns were sung.
She requested that “Shall We Gather At The River” and “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” be sung, and the request was complied with. A son, Egbert Funderburk, a deacon in the Liberty Hill Baptist church, led the opening prayer and another son, Osmond, led the singing.
That was Sunday. Wednesday, Mrs. Funderburk, 73, died. She was buried Thursday. Her six sons acted as pall-bearers. The same service she liked so much while she was alive was repeated at the graveside.
Mrs. Funderburk got her wish. Have you ever wanted to do the same thing?
One More Meander, A Humorous One
Awhile back I ran across this amusing article about a man and his donkey, Mr. Wimpy. Maybe it will bring a smile to your face as you start your week:
Have a GREAT day . . . someday it will be HISTORY!