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Friday, December 11, 2009

Remembering Darryl at Christmas for Smile For The Camera

Christmas is a great time for families to spend time together. It is also a time that I spend remembering Christmas's in the past. There are so many memories of wonderful Christmas's. Of course with those memories comes thinking of family that is no longer with us. Today I am spending a little time telling you about Darryl. He was my brother in law from my first marriage. He was tall , quiet and very sweet. I loved him like a brother and still think of him with fond memories. He love to fish, he loved the outdoors and he loved Jello. We would play scrabble together at the kitchen table. I remember Darryl and wish he had spent more Christmas's with us.
This picture is of Christmas 1966. I am newly married with my husband Al in the navy. He was able to come back home for Christmas. We spent the day at my in laws and opened Christmas presents. This picture is of new hubby and me in front of their Christmas tree. I am 18 years old, married for a little over 2 months and unknown to me I will have my first son in 9 months in September of 1967. His middle name will be the same as Darryl's. Darryl will pass away in April of 1968 at 30 years old.
As I prepare for the holidays today these wonderful pass Christmas's are always with me.
I miss you Darryl and wish you had stayed with us longer. You would of enjoyed my boys.
This is just one of my Christmas memories. Come back as I share other family members and Christmas's of the past.
I will be posting this for Smile for he Camera

Ancestry.com Upgrades Census Collection

Ancetry.com has upgraded the census collection. You can read the whole article at
If you’ve had trouble finding your ancestors in US census records on subscription genealogy site Ancestry.com, it may be time to try again. The site just released enhanced images and/or indexes for six more census. They have added to upgrades implemented a few months ago, that means improved images for the 1790 through 1900 censuses, and better indexes for the 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1900 censuses. In all, that's 200 million improved census records.
I am excited when ever I can find my of my ancestors or to link with fellow relatives at the site.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Nebraska State Census at Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com announced the release of the Nebraska State Census records for 1860 to 1885 today. You can read about it at Crista Cowan's blog post Ancestry World Archives Project Releases Nebraska State Census, 1860-1885.

I had family living in Nebraska at this time. So far I have found my great great grandparents in the census. John Coleman is living with his wife Alta Cheuvront Coleman and daughter's Alta M ( Myrtle), Mable Coleman Hall ( my great grandmother) and brother's Elic Henry and a Frank Matheny who I think was a hired hand.

(1877 Nebraska State Census, Cass County, Salt Creek Township, Page 9, Dwelling #1, Family #1, National Archives Microfilm Series M352)
I love the new opportunity of finding new areas to research my family at www.ancestry.com

Memories of Christmas Past and Grandma's Brooch on Treasure Chest Thursday

During the last years my mother was with us every year she would give us gifts of her favorite treasures at Christmas .
This is one of my favorites. It is a brooch that my mother bought as a gift for my grandmother about 1942.
She gave me a note in her handwritting telling me that it cost her $12.00 which was a whole weeks wages and tips.
I think the best gift is our memories and things from the past.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Family Events 12/ 6 to 12/12

December 6 ~ it the birthday of my 2nd Great Grand Aunt Jane Coleman. She was born in 1826 and was the older sister of my great grandfather John Henry.

December 12 ~ is the anniversary of my great grandmother Katherine Gallaher Appleton and Step great grandfather Appleton. They were married 115 years ago this date in Winona, Minnesota. Appleton may have been the step father of my grandmother, but he raised her as his own from age 1 and was her father and the grandfather of my mother and siblings.