Saturday, July 30, 2011

Surname Saturday - PLEASE! List Surnames on Blog

This is a twist to Surname Saturday.  I have looked at a lot of blogs.  Many of them mention ancestors in a posting.  Unfortunately, I am unable to find a list, ANYPLACE on the blog, of the surnames the blogger is researching.  This is frustrating to me.  Yes, I'll still read the blogs; they're interesting.  BUT, I'd love to know the names of other ancestors.  Perhaps we're cousins and just don't know it. 

So, my request is that if your blog talks about ancestors, please, someplace on the blog, list the surnames related to you.  I'd love it and you may find a lot more readers who can help you. 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Thrifty Thursday - Office Supply Sales

No, it's not Thursday but I'm posting this early for any of you who follow my blog. 

Many of you may not have school age children and so you forgot that school supplies go on sale in July and August.  I just read the Sunday ads.  Well, there are pens, pencils (mechanical which are great for repositories), and notebooks (binders) of all sizes.  Erasers of all types, some at 10 for $0.39, are great for those errors I make.  Copy/printing paper at one store is $1.99 for 400 sheets.  At my favorite office supply store, with my loyalty card and a rebate, I can buy 10 reams of paper, each 500 sheets, for an end cost of $9.99.  That's $1 for 500 sheets of printer paper.  (I think I'll find space in the bottom of a closet.) 

So, look at your local office supply store, pharmacy/drug store, discount store, and even large grocery stores for some incredible sales.  And stock up on what you know you can use. 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Surname Saturday - Lola Mont Swinney Poe Jones Sanders

With lots of help from the new and some help from, I have been able to follow Lola through her various name changes.  At least I think these records all pertain to the same woman.

Lola was born in Tishomingo County, Mississippi in 1861 and died in Parmer County, Texas in 1952. 

In the 1870 census Lola Swinney was living with her mother and 3 siblings. They are living with Mary’s parents in Mississippi and she is listed as 9 years old.

In the 1900 census Lola Poe and her daughter Minnie are living in Bell County, Texas.  Lola is listed as sister and living with Amos McDonald.   (Amos is actually her half-brother born after Mary remarried.)  This census record states that Lola was born in April 1861 in Mississippi.  The fact that Lola married a Poe is reinforced in the death certificate of Minnie D Mayfield.  Minnie died in 1959 and the certificate available on states that her father was Z.C. Poe and her mother was Lola M Swinney.

On the Texas Marriages, 1837-1973 file lists Mrs. Lola M Poe marrying J.O. Jones on 23 Dec 1900 in Bell County, Texas.  No image is available but the film number is 981038.  In the 1910 census Lola M Jones and John C Jones are living as husband and wife in Jones County, Texas.  The record states that they have been married for 10 years and it is a second marriage for each.  She is listed as being 48 and was born in Mississippi.

I was unable to find Lola in the 1920 census.  Back to and I put in Lola Mont in the search box.  The first listing was a Lola Mont Sanders in Texas Deaths, and parents were M Sweeny and no one was listed as mother.  It showed that she died in 1952 in Parmer County, Texas. 

I then checked the 1930 census records for a Lola Sanders.  Lola is living with W E Sanders in Jones County, Texas.  The census shows she is 65 and was born in Mississippi.  I don’t know who W E Sanders is and I have not found a marriage record for Lola and W E.  I also haven’t found a death record for W E.

If any one has information about Lola or know that I've made some errors, I would definitely appreciate a note.  Thank you.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sorting Saturday - New Furniture Should Be A Joy

I put off buying new filing cabinets and bookshelves for my office/work room for about 2 years.  I thought I kept postponing the purchases because I couldn’t decide what types of file cabinets I wanted, how many, or where to place them.  Also, I didn’t know how many bookcases I needed and where I wanted to put them.

NOW I know why I was procrastinating.  I was going to have to sort through about 20 feet of books, 4 feet of magazines, 8 feet of notebooks, and 15 feet of files mostly, but not all, in file folders.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - POE, 1900 Bell County, TX

I just found three marriage records on  No images yet, but these records have now been indexed.  What a great resource.  It’s amazing how much new information is available every month.

A major brick wall was what happened to Zollicoffer Poe and his wife, who I believe to be Lola Mont Swinney.  I don’t have proof yet of this marriage.  However, Lola is listed as married in the 1900 census.  Two children of Zollie and Lola were Harmon Lamar and Minnie Poe.

These are the marriage records I found.  All were in Bell County, Texas in 1900.

Mrs. Lola M. Poe married J. O. Jones on 23 Dec 1900
          Film 0981038;  Index M75204-2
H L Poe married Clara Wedel on 20 May 1900
          Film 0981038;  index M75204-2
Minnie Poe married Y B Mayfield on 30 Aug 1900
          Film 0981038;  index M75204-2

This is a start for me.  Now I just need to write for a copy of the records, or go to my nearest FHC and order the correct film 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Those Places Thursday - The Avocado Tree

No, this isn’t a traditional place that many people may think of.  However, this tree has a special place in my memory.

Right now it’s Really HOT in Arizona and I was thinking about how I dealt with summer heat as a child.  I grew up in Southern California.  We didn’t have any air conditioning.  We opened the windows and drapes in the morning.  As soon as it began to get hot (9-10 AM) we closed the windows and drapes to keep out the heat.  Then about 4 PM we opened up the house again and let the breezes blow through the house.  The windows stayed open all night.

So what does an avocado tree have to do with heat?  Well, we had four avocado trees in our backyard.  The trees were large and produced great Haas avocados.  The second largest tree had a large branch, perhaps12 inches in diameter, which attached to the trunk about 30 inches off of the ground.  It grew in a slightly upwards direction.  I would sit on the branch with my legs stretched along the branch and with my back against the trunk.  And I read, and read, and read.  For hours I read.

It was shady; the breezes blew through the huge leaves.  I escaped the heat, reality (for an hour or two), and, incidentally, also my two younger brothers and sisters.  A great memory for one of “Those Places.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

4th of July - Yankee Doodle Dandy

Around this time of year I look for the movie Yankee Doodle Dandy.  Do you watch it also?  There must be many of us who do, since I can usually find it on television at least twice around the first week of July.  For those of you who don’t know about this movie, it stars James Cagney as George M Cohan, the songwriter, actor, dancer and producer. 

I don’t consider myself especially patriotic, and yet I get chills, goose bumps, or whatever you want to call it, when I watch it, particularly the last 30-40 minutes.  The songs aren’t what many of us consider as patriotic, and they aren’t played regularly at patriotic functions, or even at other times of the year. 

The songs that particularly move me are Over There, You’re a Grand Old Flag, and I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy.  Over There was published in 1917 and was an inspiration to those who joined the military.  The lyrics include an encouragement to enlist and to make your mother proud.  I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy is a light-hearted comment on being born on July 4th.  But I think You’re a Grand Old Flag is my favorite song.  I love the images expressed in “Forever in peace may you wave” and “You’re the emblem of the land I love.”  As I said earlier, I don’t consider myself especially patriotic, but I often get tears in my eyes when I hear these lyrics.

If you haven’t watched this movie, I hope you will try it.  Also, I think we each need to write about what moves us or what causes strong emotions.  These stories, even if they are short, allow our descendants to know more about us than just the facts of dates and locations. 

Happy Independence Day, Citizens of the United States of America!  Wherever you are.