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Genealogy Quote from Author Larry Barkdull

Genealogy Quote from Larry Barkdull

 

Down an English Genealogy Lane

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In November this year, I took a trip down an English genealogy lane. I flew to England to visit my mother, Eve Tozer, who is nearly 102-years-old. 

Genealogy Techie

Ever working the iPad

Ever working the iPad

Eve suffered several mini-strokes late October, and was confined to bed after some 37,105 days of mobility. I expected brief conversation and lack of concentration. Imagine my surprise when I brought out my iPad to show Mum a short video made for her 100th birthday, and she began tapping the screen like a pro! I suspect she’d have been a genealogy techie if born in a later era. Although her legs no longer work, Eve’s mind is all there. 

Genealogy Journey

What began as a farewell visit soon became a journey into family history.

Some days, my sister Susan came with me to see Eve. Other days, I was on my own. Both situations opened up the past in unique ways. One visit, our combined memories had Mum singing, laughing, and even trying to whistle. She used to whistle tunes in her youth, in a day when it was an un-ladylike thing to do. She still recalls her father telling her an old phrase, “A whistling woman and a crowing hen, are neither fit for God nor men.” It didn’t stop her. She continued to whistle throughout her life.

 Another day, Mum suddenly began talking to me about giving birth to triplets, not twins, when my siblings Susan and Malcolm were born. She said the third child died within hours of birth and wasn’t given a name. Susan and I are now investigating that snippet of valuable information. The births took place during World War II in a remote village hospital with no modern medical resources. My mother and the twins nearly died. For whatever reason, my parents never mentioned this extra boy to me or my brother and sister as we grew up. If Eve had died years ago, this new fact would have remained unknown.

As we showed Mum old photographs of ancestors, she recognized each one and named most without hesitation. At one point, she told us all the names of her 12 siblings from memory, in the right order, and fast. Impressive! She is the last remaining member of her family and is excited to join them all when her life on earth ends.

In between visits to my mother, my husband and I explored other local places from our own and our children’s past, such as towns and parks (see below). When we told Mum about these places, the memories multiplied.  

Knutsford

Knutsford

 

Old Hollow Tree, Rectory Park, Sutton Coldfield

Old Hollow Tree, Rectory Park, Sutton Coldfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yay for my Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner! 

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

While at my sister’s house, I had access to a treasure trove of old family photographs, certificates, records, news clippings, and more. Because I had my little Flip-Pal mobile scanner with me, I was able to quickly scan everything, and return to the USA with excellent copies of documents I hadn’t seen before, which are now digitally preserved for future generations. I even scanned larger documents with no problem, using Flip-Pal’s stitch feature.  A few of these are included below. 

 

Gt. Grandpa William Pattison, Old Brightlingsea Newspaper Clipping

Gt. Grandpa William Pattison, Old Brightlingsea Newspaper Clipping

 

Grandmother's Death Certificate

Grandmother’s Death Certificate


Mum marrying Fred Tozer, 1937

Mum marrying Fred Tozer, 1937

 

 

Mum and me, 1944

Mum and me, 1944

Fred Tozer (2nd seated)  Mayfair Football Team, 1932
Fred Tozer (2nd seated) Mayfair Football Team, 1932

 A Bonus

A final bonus occurred the night before we flew home from Manchester airport. After a week of strong family feelings, my husband, who hadn’t seen one of his brothers for 16 years, knocked on his brother’s door in Manchester. We spent a great evening catching up and reminiscing.

There’s something about extended family ties that is hard to ignore. Venturing down genealogy lane gave me back a unity and sense of belonging I’ve missed after living away from England all these years.

Last Goodbye

I shall forever carry a mental picture of the last goodbye wave from my sweet mum. I stood in the open doorway waving back at her and said, “Remember, when you’re in heaven and you want to get my attention, just whistle and I’ll know it’s you.” She smiled and nodded, looking peaceful and wise. We blew kisses and I shut the door. Thank you and God bless you, Eve Tozer, for being my dear mother.

Eve trying to whistle

Eve trying to whistle

 

True Miracles with Genealogy is Back!

I can hardly believe it’s been over a year since the last post on this True Miracles BACK AGAIN!with Genealogy blog! Moving out of State was more of a trial than expected. It’s good to be back, albeit at a slower pace because my own research has recently gone crazy.

Upcoming Genealogy Posts

Since genealogy contests proved popular last year, there will be more of those in coming months. Some wonderful prizes have already been offered. I’m hoping for more prize suggestions and lots of entries.

I have more great genealogy quotes to share, along with a fine story or two that will bring on those “aha” moments. And . . .

Something New

. . . a new category, which I hope many will find useful – reviews of genealogy-related products. Can’t wait to share some exciting and amazing tools that would have made our ancestors shake their heads in disbelief back in the day.

Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who joined this website during the past eighteen months and waited patiently (along with all the other subscribers) for more action. I hope to reward that patience as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

Anne Bradshaw Guest on Matt Townsend Show on Genealogy

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I’m a guest on the Matt Townsend Show on genealogy.

 

 

 

True Miracles with Genealogy Global eBook Award Winner!

True Miracles with Genealogy Global eBook Award WinnerTrue Miracles with Genealogy Global eBook Award Winner!

True Miracles with Genealogy Volume Two is a Global eBook Award winner! This was the verdict at the second annual Global eBook Awards celebration organized by Dan Poynter at the University Club in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, California.

Marilu Henner, Jim Cox, Dan Poynter, Bill Frank

Saturday’s star-studded cast included keynoter actor/author Marilu Henner and Jim Cox of The Midwest Book Review. The Master of Ceremonies was radio-personality Bill Frank. This year’s Global eBook Awards ceremony was simulcast worldwide.

Global eBook excitement shared

Authors, family and friends packed the historic dining hall and shared the excitement as awards were announced both live and on the Internet. It was an opportunity to meet writers from all genres. I particularly enjoyed a serendipitous meeting with an amazing lady who also shared an English heritage. I’m grateful to Dan Poynter and his team for organizing such a splendid contest, the results of which are of great value to authors and readers worldwide.

Next year’s Global eBook Award winner?VOLUMES ONE AND TWO

True Miracles with Genealogy Volume Two won the Genealogy/Heritage/Ancestry Non-Fiction category. Volume One was a Finalist in 2011. Will Volume Three be written in time for next year’s awards and voted a 2013 Global eBook Award winner? Send me your stories and let’s see what happens.

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