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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Free Space

The day was April 28th, 1989. I had been living in Central Florida for seven months, and finally, my day off coincided with a scheduled launch of the space shuttle. That morning, I got in my car for the approximately … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: At the Library

I miss going to the library. It’s one of the things I’ve been avoiding since the plague arrived. I used to love going and picking out books when I was a child, and then years later, and a few years … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Timeline

My mother’s paternal grandmother is Dollie Cook, born Dorcas Elizabeth Allison, in Marion County, Georgia, on October 8th, 1890. As far as I know, no one has ever found a birth record for Dollie, but that is the date she … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Popular Name

Back in the olden days, everyone had the same first names. It can sure feel like that sometimes. Here’s a brief look at a couple of the common first names (also known as given names or Christian names) in my … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Social

Today, many of us use social media to share details about our lives – celebrations, announcements, tragedies, or even just a good joke. A hundred years ago, newspapers provided social media. I must admit, I never thought I’d find my … 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: 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: 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: Maps

While researching my ancestors, I often turn to maps, if for no other reason than just to see the lay of the land. I remember early in my genealogical journal, I attended a society presentation on maps, and I jotted … Continue reading

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