This is one of my favorite shots.
You’ll be missed “Grandma” Lorraine! (1932-2014)
October 11, 2014
September 24, 2014
Someone hit double digits this week!
Checking out frogs with his Bailey cousins many years ago.
September 10, 2014
Someone’s celebrating this week! Happy birthday to a girl who’s always had her own style! And it’s really only gotten stranger as the years have passed. I love it!
August 20, 2014
I’ve been hanging out over in this side of the family with my research for the last few weeks.
This is my 2nd Great Aunt Grace Packer and, I believe, her two oldest nieces Alexia and Edith Jones. There’s only a five or six year gap in age between Grace and Lexie. This was probably taken around 1914 just before or after her next niece, Doris Jones,was born. The Jones girls were the daughters of Pearl (Packer) and Raymond Jones.
Everyone looks thrilled in this shot!
August 19, 2014
It’s been a bit over a week since I finished my stay at St. Mary’s Preparatory at Orchard Lake, Michigan. And while I discovered that I don’t really miss dormitory life (to the left of the Shrine Chapel in the picture), I also learned a bit more about what kind of genealogist I want to be. It’s one thing to be collecting names and dates (and that’s fine in as far as it goes), but I want to make an informed and documented argument about the relationships I find and I want solid research to pass on to whoever might take up this hunt after me. So a week spent in the Determining Kinship track under Thomas W. Jones was enlightening and very challenging—but exactly what I needed.
I’m pretty sure I’ve gushed about Jones before (both here and here) but may I add that he is a total gentleman and great instructor even when his students are totally wandering off in the wrong direction—which we did a few times. The presentations were great. The in-class assignments were very helpful. And each day I came out with a better understanding of the Genealogical Proof Standard and its importance. We worked mainly out of his Mastering Genealogical Proof, but this is a case where it made much more sense to me when we could ask questions of the author.
And I had a great time with my co-students both in and out of my cohort—which included researchers from all over the country. It was fun to trade research stories, infamous ancestors, and great resources. GRIP’s format was perfect for me with time for study and socializing, including informative optional evening programs, and in this case a hilarious group viewing of WDYTYA.
It’s an experience I would encourage people to try.
P.S. Beware of Maia’s Books! Martha is a fabulous and attentive bookseller. You may leave GRIP with considerably more than you planned on (plus a wishlist).
August 17, 2014
My uncle and aunt are celebrating a big birthday this year! Happy day and many more birthdays to you both!
They’re the bookends in this photo with their father and their older sister in the middle.