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Saturday, June 8, 2013

John Kostick Obit for Mel

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

5 June 2013

Really? I go that many days, ugh, I am horrible, oh well, live with it!

So today, what is on the table? Many people know that I grew up in Mexico, Mo, and at the moment, I am obsessed with reading the facebook page Memories of Growing UP in Mexico, Mo.  I am looking at all the old pictures, trying to place where things had been, where my house was located close to it, stuff like that.
This next pic, it is our own personal Graceland.  It is the museum in Mexico, and it is on Muldrow Street, one of the main streets in town.
Something that is a bit *odd* about Mexico, there is no Main Street, nor numbered streets.  I believe this is the only town I know of that does not have any numbered streets.  And another odd thing about Mexico, there is not one street that goes straight from north to south, or east to west, that goes all the way through town.  It is almost a maze, and a few of the streets change names at least twice, and a couple of them three or four times.  One of the biggest being, West Boulevard, East Boulevard, Green Boulevard, Agriculture, and then becomes Highway J.
Muldrow becomes Western, and then that becomes Paris Road (Highway 15).
So back to the history of Mexico.  With having lived there until I was 26, so that means from the early 70's to the late 90's.  I knew a lot of people.  And growing up a Jehovah's Witness (which, yes, I am still one!) that means I grew up knowing quite a few people.  So for the fun of it, I have done the research on their families, and who they were, and how they connected to Mexico.  Although, I have to admit, I have not done any of the work such as the ones at the Genealogical Society have done, they are wonders there!!
On June 3rd 1972, my parents got married.  They were married at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Breckenridge Street.
They were married by Larry Minor, and he has been a family friend for many years.  So Mexico will always be a very special place to me.
My grandmother Henrietta (Scott) Heyen, was a painter, and her name was well known in that area of Missouri.
This is her rendition of me, at about age 4
Okay, thats enough for today!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Start Again! June 1 2013

I have been so horrible about keeping up with this blog, well lets just start over and go again!

1 June 2013
Word of the Day: Ken-
knowledge, understanding, or cognizance; mental perception: an idea beyond one's ken.
Today is Dare Day.  What is Dare Day? well we all know what a dare is, you can play truth or dare with a friend, challenge a friend to some type of dare, or here is the really challenging one.....dare yourself your own type of challenge.  Today I am doing that, I am jumping feet first back into my blog.  I am going to challenge myself to stick with it for one whole month.  I will come up with some unique ideas, post genealogy ideas, and whatever else pops into my evil little mind!
This is also the kick off of Adopt a Cat Month.....awwwwe, such cute little things!!
This cop, when he stopped a motorist, never expected to have a partner that day!
I am going to post a link to the Indianapolis Humane Society, since that is where I am at.
 here are a few that are available for adoption!
Bob Barker just love  name!
Sheldon Bazinga!
Sonic  (he would need a Tardis!)
Okay, yes, the ones I chose, would be because of their names, all of those have special meaning to me!
People with today's bday: (taken from FindaGrave)
Morgan (Wuppermann), Frank (Francis Philip) (played five roles in Wizard Of Oz)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Family Pics

Thorstenson home and family 1897

Duane Leslie Smith 1923-2005

Elvira Randall Dean 
 I am going to do something different today.  I am putting up odds and ends pics over the next few days of family, friends, but especially any historical family pics and documents.  My proof that this is my family!!
Left to right top George, John and Thomas Heyen
left to right bottom Ricka, Gerd, Sedina

Gerd Gerdes Heyen's tombstone

Gerd and Sedina's large tombstone, individual ones off to either side

This is my grandmother's mother

my great grandfather's brother's death cert

Anna Schemm

Anna Schemm Stierhoff's death cert

Joseph Germann

Johann Andreas Stierhoff
Jared Freeland

Stierhoff home in Union Co Ohio   
Jared Freeland

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Proving The Facts

 Why am I posting this?  Have I posted it before (I cannot remember, lol).   Anyway, The James Greene above that married Susannah Lynch is NOT my James Greene.  There are many people who want to include him, but no.
Now what I am about to paste next, I have posted before.
Christopher Green came here in 1817, and settled about half a mile east of the business part of Youngsville borough. In 1820 he removed to Yankee Bush, in Conewango township. James Green (grandfather of Dorwin Green, now a respected resident of Youngsville) also came here in 1817, and for some time kept a shoe shop in the western part of the borough. James Sturdevant, also grandfather of Dorwin Green, came in 1817, and brought Dorwin with him, then an infant. Sturdevant settled on a farm in what is now the western part of the borough.
Okay this definitley gives me the name James Greene and James Sturdevant, now just have to connect the rest of the families.
This is all taken from:  http://ww

Okay, so James Greene, as of this moment, was born, eh, sometime around 1760, and has an unknown wife.  He has one son named here, Christopher Greene, Christopher married Dorothy Sturdevant.

AND Christopher Greene is NOT Christopher Rhodes Greene, yes, they were born the same year, in RI, but they are NOT the same person!!
Christopher Rhodes Greene at Find a Grave
Explain to me, how the one at Find a Grave, who was born 1786 in RI, and died in 1825 in South Carolina, was alive in Warren Pa in the 1850 census??

People who put up information because it fits what they want, sorry folks, do your research, do your work.  We are genealogists, not 12 year olds who copy off of each other's paper.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

NaNoWri Mo

As a man without forethought scarcely deserves the name of a man, so forethought without reflection is but a metaphorical phrase for the instinct of a beast.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I was going to write on a number of different things today, but got distracted, but there is one thing I want to begin working on.
In November, I will be joining NaNoWriMo.  What is that? You ask.
National November Writing Month.  Its not really a contest of who gets the best, or does the most.  It is a personal contest if you wish.  Your goal is to write a 50,000 word story in one months time.  Okay, that is alot, but honestly, that is about two thirds or a little less of a novel.  Sometimes they are called novellas.  I am going to be practicing on here all this month, and then devoting all my time to NaNoWriMo, in November.  I realize I need to practice some things first. 

1) Run on sentences, I am horrible about them.
2)  Punctuation, I just never seem to remember, except for commas! (oh and getting rid of parenthesis, and exclamation points)
3) Figuring out a plot, before getting too far with the story.

Here is my idea, a woman, oh, I would say she is about she is about 44, she had been married fairly young, eh, maybe 19.  She and her husband tried for about 5 years to have kids, and they finally had a son.  After her son was born, she found out she had polycystic ovarian syndrome, and was unable to have more children.  So she and her husband threw themselves not only into the life of their son, but into the life of his parents restaurant.   At the moment, I can't decide if it is going to be an Italian family and restaurant, or Greek.  Going to have to research that one. 
When she was 38, and her son was about 14, her husband died somehow, but they had bought his parents out of the restaurant about 6 months before, so she now owned the restaurant. 
Anyway, her son is now about 19 or 20, and he is either a sophmore or junior in college, and he has a girlfriend.  He works at the restaurant on the weekends, and helps out with other things. 
One day, he and his girlfriend decide to go to a flea market for a present for her mother, and they find an old stack of newspapers.  As they are looking through the newspapers, they find a picture of a young woman who looks exactly like his mom.
He knows that his grandmother was adopted, and they only have a couple of vague details, but they believe the newspaper article is a clue.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Interesting obit

There are so many names, dates and other things mentioned in this obit, I will have to print it out and literally take it apart word by word!  So much info!

There are so many names mentioned on here! first of all, she is great great granddaughter of Molly Marshall (is that her maiden and married name?) who is sister to John Marshal, who was the first chief Justice of the US.  Is he related to any of my Marshall's?
She was related to Stonewall Jackson.  Definitely a woman to keep in mind!!

Forgot to add, the obit is from

Tuesday, July 20, 1915  

Paper: Kansas City Star (Kansas City, MO)