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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: How Do You Spell That?

This prompt (from Amy Johnson Crow’s #52Ancestors Challenge) immediately conjured up several thoughts. Typing it, I remembered the old riddle: Railroad crossing, look out for the cars. Can you spell that without any Rs?* I’m also reminded of people chuckling … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Check It Out

Faithful readers, I’ve told you before that my mother instilled in me a love of books and reading. It’s one of the best gifts a parent can give a child, I think. This week’s #52Ancestors prompt got me thinking about … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Sisters

When I read this prompt from Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge, I thought of a few ancestors who had sisters, but my mind kept going back to a cousin I doubt that I ever met. I … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Joined

In the early-1970s, my parents* bought a motor home. We’d had a trailer before we went to Scotland, and before that, we had a tent. My parents enjoyed seeing the sights and camping was an inexpensive way to travel. Not … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Flowers

The century plant, aka Agave Americana, blooms only rarely. My Mam-ma had one at her home in Midway, which is just east of Gulf Breeze, Florida. The plant grew by the front door of the cabin – the original cinder … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Worship

The Beginnings of Brentwood Methodist Church My mother, Zenova Cook Hahn, has always been proud of her community church. Brentwood Methodist Church started with a group of people meeting in a house or in Brentwood School across the street. Zenova … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Females

Lucinda Ryals Cook is one of my most distant female relatives for whom I actually have a decent picture. I must give credit to Paula Quintana, who shared this photo on her Ancestry tree, and God bless her and everyone … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Courting

It’s Mardi Gras season, so the #52Ancestors prompt of “courting” made me think of Mardi Gras courts. I have never been involved in Mardi Gras. When I was little, Mardi Gras wasn’t very big anywhere that I lived, and Pensacola’s … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Landed

I don’t know how old I was on the most memorable fishing trip of my life. I imagine I was maybe in 3rd grade. My Pap-pa, Hoyt Cook, had a fishing boat, probably about the length of a car and … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Branching Out

If you’re a regular reader, you’ve read my posts about the Cook family and my missing 3rd Great Grandfather. I’ve been attempting to use DNA to identify Frances Cook’s paramour, even adding Y DNA from my mother’s brother last year. … Continue reading

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