Monday, January 15, 2018

November 2018 Will Be The 100th Anniversary of WWI

This year, in November, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of World War I., though, celebrate is not really the word I think of when I think of war. I've been transcribing the obituaries and stories from the newspapers for some time now and I have to say I can only do three or four at a setting because it is so intensly sad. I feel as a parent, a sister and a citizen each of the deaths, even though they are not related to me. I was transcribing some articles from WWII and in one, a young man is missing and he has a brother in the war. I pulled up the next one and started typing. It  was the announcement that his brother had been killed in action. Then I pulled up the next one. They had found the first young man's body and declared him killed in action. This is what their family faced in one week. They were only days apart. I had to take a long break.

I am the Coordinator for the Jackson County and Bartholomew County (Indiana) INGenWebs. As coordinator I work hard to put up data and helpful information for genealogists researching those two counties. I have been working to put up stories and obituaries of our war dead. I want to do more for the anniversary in November of this year for the WWI soldiers. I would love photos for each of the soldiers. That is a tough one. But I am going to give it a try.

Say, since this is the year, perhaps focusing your attention on the WWI soldiers in your file would be a good idea. Flesh them out, write the stories and find the data. That is what I am going to do. I am going to make sure that I have all of the data I can get on my WWI soldiers, on the county sites and in my file. And, gee, maybe you could share that data, just in case someone else has been looking and can not find it. There are many places to do so. Your blog, FB or the GenWeb site for the county your ancestor lived in. There are lots more places I'm sure.

These soldiers should be remembered, honored, and deserve to have their stories told.

#WorldWarI #INGenWeb #JacksonCounty #BartholomewCounty

Thursday, January 11, 2018

52 Ancestors 52 Weeks Week 2

Favorite Photo

This week the prompt is "Favorite Photo". It wasn't hard for me to pick one. This one is my most favorite. It was taken about 1909. The little girl in the photo is my grandmother, which I wrote of last week, Della Mae Alexander. She was almost 5 in this photo. In the buggy is her baby brother, Merrill Harris Alexander, who is sleeping peacefully.

Little Della does not look so happy. Of course, getting a photo in those days was not a fun thing. You had to be perfectly still for a long period of time. I'm surprised that there are not more photos from the period, of children screaming. I've read that having to sit still so long for the photograph was the reason few people were smiling in them. The photographer would ask that they not smile. It's hard to hold a smile for that length of time and not have it turn into a grimace.

Anyway, it's a great photograph of my grandmother as a child. But, there is a back story to this photograph that makes it even more special to me. Grandma did not like the photo. She said she could remember that being taken like it was yesterday. When she put on her stockings her finger tore a hole in one and she knew when she got home and her mother discovered what she had done she would be in trouble. All she could think about was the whipping she was going to get later.

When I look at this photo I want to take that child into my arms and hug her. I'm so happy that I have a photo of her at that age, yet, it's not the happiest of pictures when you know the story.

#52Ancestors #photographs #Alexander #genealogy

Monday, January 8, 2018

Getting a Jump on the Year

Well, I am trying to start the year off right. At least starting it with the intent to get a lot done. I have, for the first time in a very long time, gotten a subscription to I had intended to do it though, later in the year, but, how can you pass up a 50% off subscription? I couldn't. So I am committed. Let's see how much this subscription helps me move forward. I will be putting up a basic tree in a couple of weeks (2000 or so individuals).

It has been so long since I have even used Ancestry, that it looks alien to me. It looked much different in the "old days". :) It will take a while to learn the new way of searching.

Hint: Getting back into blogging is on my list of things to do.

#genealogy #start

Thursday, January 4, 2018

52 Ancestors, 52 Weeks - Week 1

I have wanted to do this for a few years, but was unable join the project at the time of it's starting until this year. Thanks Amy Johnson Crow for this project.

The prompt for this week is Start. I immediately thought, so, how did this family history thing all start? It was my grandmother's fault. Her name was Della Alexander Jaynes, and she made me want to know where I came from. She was always telling me about her family. She always had a story that was spell-binding to me. She gave me my love of books, and we spent many hours in the library. She took care of the family graves, so I spent many hours with her making sure family graves were tidy.

She even gave me my name, which is actually Sherida. A friend of hers lost a child named Sherida, and I was named for her. The only place I saw my name while growing up was on a gravestone. I suppose most children would be creeped out by that but I was fascinated. Last year started carrying our local paper and my daughter gave me a subscription as a gift. I looked the girl up. She was as beautiful and talented as my grandmother had said. She died of scarlet fever. It was all very sad.

Anyway, that was the beginning of my interest. In the mid-seventies, I started collecting more than stories. I began to put the pieces together and writing it down. Unfortunately, I did not know what I was doing. I learned as I continued, which made for a very messy file. A couple years ago I started Thomas MacEntee's "Do-Over", and I have a much nicer and better sourced file that is coming along nicely. I am going to put the file on Ancestry for the first time, very soon. I hope to make great strides this year.

This post is all about "Start". How I started and since I am number one in my file it is also about me. I am a cancer survivor, so far. I am 4 1/2 years out from a bone marrow transplant for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). I have cGVHD (chronic Graft versus Host Disease), which is my body battling itself. It has been severe, but I am still here. The heavy meds that I had to take have taken their toll. I am in a wheelchair and not able to go like before. There is a good chance that will change in time. I want no pity. I have watched as many have died. I am very blessed. How many of you know someone, have heard of someone or are battling cancer? That is all I hear anymore. In the time from my diagnosis and treatment, my step-sister was diagnosed, treated and died from breast cancer. I'm 63, she would have been 52 now. My cancer was caused by the chemical benzene, hers from her family history.

Well, I also have time to work on my file right now, which is a good thing, right? I am a quilter and a crafter with many projects that I want to do. I am also the County Coordinator for the Jackson County and Bartholomew County, Indiana GenWeb sites that I am constantly working on. So I stay busy.

I have two daughters, a great son-in-law, and three grandchildren, all teenagers now.

From this point on it will be about my ancestors. At least 52 of them. 

#52 Ancestors

Thursday, May 18, 2017

What's Going On Now?

I was very ill through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and my birthday, which takes me into March. Being immuno-suppressed is bad when so many bugs are around. It was a bad winter. I'm trying to get back where I was. It may be a while.

In April I took over the Jackson County site on the INGenWeb again. The last Coordinator removed the site completely. I have been digging through my external HD trying to find all the data from back then. I have found quite a lot, but not everything. Why would someone delete data that had been submitted over many years? This time I will keep a close accounting of everything, that is, if anyone trusts that going to the trouble of submitting data is worth the trouble. I am hoping that they will.

My do-over was going very well until I got busy with the site. Will get back to it soon.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

More Fun to Add to FamilyTwigs

I'm going to be so busy all winter. I just keep setting up projects to do. The one that I am eager to get to is more yearbooks to add to the site. I have 7 new ones! I have 1923, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1943 of the "Patriot" from Seymour, Indiana. I have the 1925 one too, but it was already on the site. My brother let me scan his copy and put it up. Now I have my own copy. I also have the 1961 "Panther" from the Park School in Indianapolis, Indiana. I haven't looked into that yet. What fun to have one from Indy!

The Patriot is from Seymour, Indiana.

1923 Patriot

1925 Patriot

1938 Patriot

1939 Patriot

1940 Patriot

1941 Patriot

1943 Patriot

1961 Panther
Park School
Indianapolis, Indiana

To see the school material already on FamilyTwigs, go to my Schools page. (

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Great Gift!

My daughter just handed me a gift on Saturday. It is a great gift too!  It is Sunny Jane Morton's book, "Story of My Life: a workbook for preserving your legacy".

It looks like a great idea. I'm going to have a go at it. Let you know how it goes as I fill it in. 

November 2018 Will Be The 100th Anniversary of WWI

This year, in November, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of World War I., though, celebrate is not really the word I think of when...