Thursday, December 29, 2016

Reflections of 2016

The New Year is fast approaching and we will be soon writing 2017. This has been a good year for me. Here are some highlights for 2016. This year there have been several clients whose families came from the south. It is fascinating putting together their family history from the point of online records. Those families with African American backgrounds demonstrate the tenacity with which they moved forward after the Civil War. They were ambitious and strongly focused on providing for the advancement of their families. While many were farmers of some form or another, others were teachers or held other professional positions. As the pedigree charts filled in it became obvious that research beyond the Civil War would provide more challenges.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Memories - 2016

This Christmas seems very different. For the last couple of days I read through two collections of Christmas stories compiled by my sister over twenty years ago. At the time we were given these we were busy raising children and involved in many activities. The first little booklet was done with a children's book for each our three older children. The second is a notebook meant for our family. Between the books which are filled with twenty-five plus stories, meant to be read one story a night leading up to Christmas Day, there were only eight repeat stories.