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It’s National Voters Registration Day 2012!

According to theGriot.com 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 year, being the talk of the town as her photo and comments about the 1971 election in Parsons, Labette County, Kansas were captured in their local newspaper. Momma Birdie (the name everyone called her) had not missed voting in an election (local or national) since she moved to Kansas from Texas in 1912. The reason for that she says is, “Voting is second only to worshiping God (to learn more about Momma Birdie, read —My Fearless Female Ancestor Who Made the News)!”

So why is this National Voters Registration Day 2012 so important?

It is no secret that voter suppression is still alive and well in this country, and poses a real threat to millions in this year’s presidential election. It has been reported that 17-21 states (mine included), have put in place strict photo ID laws which will literally prevent many young people and the elderly from being able to vote in this year’s election. States claim they put in place stricter photo ID laws to prevent voter fraud which they alleged happened in various counties during the 2008 election. Yet, when it comes to states proving voter fraud actually took place, there has been no real hard evidence to back up their claims.

I believe the real reason for the stricter photo ID laws today is to prevent record numbers of minority voters from showing up at the polls as they did in 2008. According to the US Census Bureau,

“About 131 million people reported voting in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, an increase of 5 million from 2004, according to a new table package released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The increase included about 2 million more black voters, 2 million more Hispanic voters and about 600,000 more Asian voters, while the number of non-Hispanic white voters remained statistically unchanged.”

Just as my great-grandmother believed voting was next to worshiping God in importance, I believe this National Voters Registration Day is just as important as the November 6, 2012 general  election itself. And if my 83 year old great-grandmother made it to the polls in her physical condition (amputee due to crippling diabetes), then I know anyone with reasonably good health can find their way to the polls to vote in this year’s election!

For more information about voting in the United States, visit – USA.gov
For more information about voting in Texas visit — VoteTexas.org, an official government website created by the Office of the Texas Secretary of State to provide information to citizens a one-stop website regarding voting in Texas.

Please keep in mind that voter registration deadlines and early voting vary from state to state. So Texans, here are dates important to you:

Voter Registration Deadline  – October 9, 2012

Early Voting in Texas – October 22, 2012 – November 2, 2012

General 2012 Election – November 6, 2012

ATTENTION TEXANS:
Please, please, please, DO NOT wait until election day to find out if you’re registered to vote or not; to know who you’re voting for (trust me you are going to want to vote on other issues that appear on the ballot that will impact your life); to know where to go for early voting and/or voting in the general election. Learn the answers to ALL these frequently asked questions early by visiting VoteTexas.org today!

My First 1940 US Census Find!

1940 US Census @ FamilySearch.org

Are you wondering how the indexing of the 1940 Census is going? Yes?! Then visit FamilySearch.org to get their status on image availability by state. The entire 1940 US census will be indexed by a community of volunteers and made FREE to the public at Family Search for perpetuity!

According to their website as of today (May 15, 2012), there are a total of twenty states fully indexed with six of them — Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Virginia — searchable and ready for genealogists to explore . . . woo-hoo! The minute I saw Kansas on the searchable list, I knew right away that my paternal great-grandparents, Birdie (Green)  — “My Fearless Female Ancestor Who Made the News — and Morgan Aldridge, who lived and died in Parsons, Labette County, Kansas would be my first 1940 Census find!

So I began my search for them by entering the state, county, and city where they lived in 1940:

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After clicking the search button, 19 Enumeration Districts containing “Parsons” in Labette, Kansas were retrieved.  According to the 1920 and 1930 US Census, my great-grandparents were enumerated in Parsons City Ward 3, so I immediately began scrolling down the list until I came to Enumeration District (E.D.) 50-28A & 50-28B for Parsons City Ward 3. Another clue that let me know that I had located the correct enumeration district was the fact that my step-grandfather worked for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (M.K.& T)/Katy Railroad for many years and always lived near the rail yards he worked:

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BINGO! There they are in E.D. 50-28B, sheet 12 B, on lines 48 and 49:

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They were living at 2207 Morgan Ave, Parsons, KS 67357 in 1940. According to what my great-grandmother told to the enumerator, the highest grade level of school completed for Morgan was 4th, and the highest grade completed for her was 6th grade. Both of them were born in Texas, but they had been living in Parsons, KS as of April 1, 1935. Birdie was a homemaker while Morgan was employed for 52 weeks in 1939  as a Boiler Washer for the Railroad Roundhouse earning $1,350 that year!

So, if you have a Morgan & Birdie (Green) Aldridge in your Kansas/Texas family tree, let me hear from you because I’m . . . Claiming Kin!

 

My Fearless Female Ancestor Who Made the News

In March 2010, Lisa Alzo, better known as, The Accidental Genealogist, launched a series of 31 blogging prompts for celebrating and honoring the “fearless females” in our family trees. This online viral event was so popular with bloggers last year that they wanted to know if Lisa planned to host this event again this year. So back by popular demand and to mark National Women’s History Month, Lisa launched her — Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month!

I stopped by Lisa’s blog this week to check out some of the prompts and to learn more about her family history, and this prompt caught my eye:

March 14 — Newsmakers? Did you have a female ancestor who made the news? Why? Was she famous or notorious? Did she appear in the social column?

My paternal great-grandmother, Birdie Elizabeth (Green) Aldridge who was born August 13, 1888 in Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas, was a female ancestor in my family tree that made the news at age 83!

She was the talk of the town as her photo and comments about the upcoming election day in Parsons, Labette County, Kansas were captured in an article titled, “Tuesday Is Election Day,” found in Section 2 – Page 12 of their local newspaper on April 1, 1971. According to this article, Momma Birdie (the name we called her) had not missed an election since she moved to Kansas from Texas in 1912. The reason for that she says below is, “Voting is second only to worshiping God!”

Birdie Elizabeth Green Aldrige, My Fearless Female Ancestor

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Momma Birdie died six years after this interview was published on March 15, 1977. She was laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons, Kansas on March 21, 1977. Be sure to click the article above to enlarge and read about my fearless female who made the news!