Confederate History

There is a lot of negativity in the news  about using the Confederate flag.  This site has a lot of history and dispels the myths about the flag.

Confederate History-Dispelling the Myths



1917 School Blackboard Found

School blackboards from 1917 found in Oklahoma. One board had the following written on it:

“I give my head, my heart and my life to my God and One nation indivisible with justice for all.”

The video of this amazing story here:

A great article and photos posted by Cassandra Lewis:


Ancestry Up for Sale? – Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems

Ancestry Up for Sale? – Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems.

Jean Stafford Obituary


Obituary for Jean Elaine Stafford
Jean Elaine Stafford, 86, of Kissimmee, Florida passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015. She was born November 20, 1928 in Toledo, Ohio the daughter of Fred and Eunice Lewis. She moved to Kissimmee with her husband Norman in 2014 from Mt. Dora, Florida. Jean was a retired Catering Manager for the University of Toledo for many years.

Jean is survived by her loving husband of over 50 years, Norman G. Stafford of Kissimmee, Florida; son: Martin Stafford (Roberta) of Grand Junction, Colorado; daughters: Susan Stafford of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Janice Trumbell (Brad) of Centerville, Iowa, Debra Kilgallin (William) of Falls Church, Virginia, Cynthia Stafford of Miami, Florida; 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service for Jean Elaine Stafford will be announced at a later date.

The Stafford family is being cared for by: CONRAD & THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 511 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741; 407-847-3188.


Sad Day

I can hardly breath let alone think. The dreaded call came early this morning,  I’m sorry to tell you “mom passed this morning”.  I am numb!

Mom, I’ll love you forever and miss you even more! You were not only my mother but my best friend! Rest in peace Mom. Till we are all together again.

Jean Elaine (Lewis) Stafford

November 20, 1928-April 15, 2015

pink roses

If roses grow in Heaven,
Lord please pick a bunch for me,
Place them in my mothers arms
and tell her they’re from me.

Tell her that I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for a while.

Remembering her is easy,
for I will do it everyday,
but there’s an ache and emptiness within my heart
that will never go away.


Tarrant County, Texas, is Digitizing Old Court Records for Preservation

Ancestral Paths:

So happy to see this news!

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

Tarrant County, Texas, court files are continuing a years-long effort to make electronic copies of old case files and to destroy most of the paper counterparts. However, a few documents of “famous files” are being digitized but the paper is then preserved.

Tarrant County includes the courts for Dallas and nearby suburbs. Over the years, many famous cases have been aired in the courts of the county, including cases involving the late, famed attorney Melvin Belli who was prevented from representing Jack Ruby, who shot Lee Harvey Oswald. Dozens of other famous files are being preserved, including the Cullen Davis trials in which he was prosecuted for the slaying of his estranged wife’s daughter and in a murder-for-hire scheme in the 1970s; and the Koslow trial, where Kristi Ann Koslow and friends Brian Dennis Salter and Jeffrey Dillingham were convicted of killing her step-mother, Caren, and injuring her father, Jack.

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The Best History Apps

Ancestral Paths:

Fantastic list of History apps!

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

Kate Wiles has posted an article on the HistoryToday web site that probably will interest many genealogists and historians. It is “Our pick of the finest history-related apps for your smartphone or tablet.”

Apps described include Digital Libraries, Tools and Learning, and Interactive. She also provides links to other articles about history apps for smartphones and tablets.

See for Kate Wiles’ list.

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