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Military Monday: Servicemen’s Dependents Allowance Act of 1942

The Servicemen’s Dependents Allowance Act of 1942, signed into law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, provided a much needed allowance to the wives, children, and certain dependent relatives of servicemen in the lower grades (privates, private first class, technician 5th grade, corporal, technician 4th grade, and sergeant) of the Army. Relatives and dependents were divided into […]

Yeah … We’re Family – Deal With It!

My brothers and I are rounding up the Chapple ~ Smith descendants for a Family Dinner Saturday afternoon, 1 December 2012, that we hope will parlay into many family gatherings and reunions for years to come. I sent the invitation below to relatives and 30+ have RSVP that they’re coming. So I’m very EXCITED about […]

Military Monday: Certification of Military Service for PVT Joseph Lee Chapple

When family members notice the two flags on display in my parents’ home for the first time, they often ask, “I know one flag is in honor of your dad, but who’s the other flag for?” When I tell them the second flag is in honor of my Uncle Joseph, they will look back at […]

Story Corps National Day of Listening 2012

Yesterday — November 23, 2012 — marked the 5th anniversary of the National Day of Listening 2012! This new national holiday started by StoryCorps (pronounced story core) in 2008, encourages all of us to set aside one hour the day after Thanksgiving to honor a loved one through listening! Why? Well, it is the least […]

First Cousins Meet At Last!

On this day . . . November 23, 1863 . . . the color photo process was patented. So to celebrate this day in history as well as celebrate an invention that definitely changed our lives, I share a  color photo I took with some First Cousins I met for the very first time this […]

Those Places Thursday: Pelham, Texas

It’s Thanksgiving Day 2012, as well as, “Those Places Thursday!” This blogging prompt gives me a chance to reminiscence about how and where my ancestors lived and to write about “those places” via stories and/or photos. This past Sunday I came upon this wonderful news story on about Pelham, Texas, a small Freedman community that’s […]

Follow Friday: U. S. Military Collection, Fold3, and Veterans’ Service Records

It’s Follow Friday and I continue my tribute to Veterans by recommending three major websites  that I use to document my family’s service; enjoy! U. S. Military Collection is one of my personal favorite collections at! Ancestry — noted for being the world’s largest online collection of family history resources — has millions of military records […]

Military Monday: Sergeant John Willie Taylor at

A really nice feature of is the ability to create military pages for all veteran ancestors in your family tree! Below is a screenshot of the Military Page I created for my father this month in honor of Veterans Day 2012. Creating my father’s military page wasn’t difficult at all! To begin, I clicked […]

Sentimental Sunday: Voices From the Tomb

Today is Veterans Day and since I have not had the honor and privilege of visiting the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia just yet, I was very fortunate and glad that one of the organizations I follow on Twitter – (@intermentnet) – shared the link to Voices From the Tomb! After hearing family and friends talk […]

The Negro Soldier (1944)

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day 2012 and while surfing the world wide web this weekend, I came upon information about Frank Capra’s “Why We Fight” World War II propaganda film series. Included in this series is the 1944 film, “The Negro Soldier,” that encouraged African-Americans to enlist in the army during World War II. This black & […]

Those Places Thursday: What was Life Like in Texas in 1940?

It is “Those Places Thursday” and this blogging prompt allows me a chance to reminiscence about how and where their ancestors lived and to write about “those places” via stories or photos. Today, I’m reminiscent about what life was like for my Texas ancestors in 1940. What really got me thinking about this particular decade in our country’s […]

Tech Tuesday: Relative History, the First Genealogy App for the Windows Phone Platform

When I wanted to go “mobile” with my family research earlier this year, I was a bit frustrated by the fact that most, if not all, of the popular genealogy apps available were developed mainly for iPad/iPhone, and Android devices. As a result, me and my wonderful Windows Phone were left out in the cold […]

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – The Music of My Ancestors

Okay it’s Sunday night and not Saturday night, but being the techie that I am, I simply could not resist exploring last night’s Genealogy Fun activity by genealogy extraordinaire – Randy Seaver. Last night’s mission was to create – “The Music of Our Ancestors” – an activity suggested to him by his facebook friend M. […]

Tuesday’s Tip: Census Records, an Interesting Public Resource for Genealogy Research

Now that you’ve collected as much information as you can from within your family to complete your Family Group Sheets and Pedigree Charts (refer to my post, Five Step to Getting Started With Your Family Research for more information), it’s time to begin looking for your ancestors in public records. Census Records are a very […]

Sentimental Sunday: Louise Newsome Hubbard (1909 – 1975)

It’s Sentimental Sunday and this daily blogging prompt allows genealogy bloggers a chance to focus on a sentimental story or memory about an ancestor, or a wonderful family tradition. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this month I also wear pink in honor of my paternal grandmother — Louise Newsome Hubbard!         Louise […]

Funeral Friday: Mrs. Ella Louise Marshall

A complete transcription of her funeral program is below: Funeral Service For MRS. ELLA LOUISE MARSHALL 1923-1969 Monday, April 7, 1969 11:00 A. M. ——–oOo——– “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, write; Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; yea saith the spirit that they may rest […]

Wordless Wednesday: Ella Louise Chapple Marshall (1923 -1969)

Well, almost wordless . . .  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this month I wear pink in honor of my aunt — Ella Louise Chapple Marshall! Even though I was a young child when my Aunt Louise died (I was 9 years old), what I remember most about her was her joy and […]

Family History Month 2012

It’s Family History Month 2012 at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research (another one of my favorite months of the year) . . . woo-hoo! Below is a list of  EXCELLENT events and programs taking place the whole month of October 2012: Genealogy Basics Boot Camp Saturday, October 6, 2012 1:30PM-3:00PM Interested in your family […]

It’s National Voters Registration Day 2012!

According to today, September 25, 2012, over 1100 organizations across this country will come together nationally to inform people about voting opportunities and get them registered to vote in time for the 2012 General Election! This day reminds me of my 83 year old paternal great-grandmother, Birdie Elizabeth (Green) Aldridge, who I blogged about last […]

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – What Type of Genealogist Are You?

It’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with genealogy extraordinaire – Randy Seaver — and tonight’s mission, should I decide to accept it is determining: What Type of Genealogist I Am! I’ve decided to accept this mission and here is my assignment (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!): 1) Read Lorine McGinnis Schulze’s blog post “What Type […]

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