Tombstone Tuesday: Colonial Park Cemetery in Savannah

I tend to gravitate towards cemeteries, as most genealogists do.  I don’t have any roots in the Savannah area, but that doesn’t stop me from haunting the local cemeteries.  I visited Bonaventure a couple of times.  It has quite the mysterious mood to it.  The spanish moss draped across the live oaks.  The old stones and fenced in family plots.  It’s a neat place to drive around (I didn’t walk, because I had kids in the car.)

As much as I liked Bonaventure Cemetery, I think that I enjoyed my stroll through Colonial Park even more.  The cemetery is dotted with historical markers along with the gravestones.

I wonder how old this one is!

I just love the old stones.

The scenery throughout the area is beautiful too.

I think that this is the part of the cemetery that I love the most.  The back wall is covered with broken stones.

Too bad I don’t have any ancestors buried here!!  Do YOU?

  • Cynthia Shenette - November 30, 2010 - 11:48 am

    You’re right, this is a super cool cemetery. My family and I are planning to visit Savannah next April. I’ll have to check it out!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - November 30, 2010 - 4:51 pm

    I would stop if you get the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Lynne Hastings - February 4, 2013 - 9:25 pm

    I love old cemeteries, especially those in Savannah. I visit every time I can.ReplyCancel

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Maritime Monday: Strange Maritime Photo

I know that my grandfather, Donald Sanchez, served in the Coast Guard on the Cutter Fir, off the coast of the Pacific Northwest.  He also later served in the Merchant Marines.

This was amongst his pictures and I’m having a hard time trying to figure out what is going on – or if there just isn’t really a point to the pictures.  Are those Coast Guard uniforms?  Is that ice on the deck for goodness sakes?  Brrrr!

And here is another, similar picture.

  • Cynthia Shenette - November 30, 2010 - 11:51 am

    Great photo. I can’t comment on the uniforms, but that does look like ice on deck. I posted a photo of my dad a while back on ship, and the ship was completely covered in snow and ice. Brrr…ReplyCancel

  • Jen - November 30, 2010 - 4:54 pm

    It must have been so cold!!
    I just noticed that it looks like the one guy is holding springs to a mattress, doesn’t it? Weird.ReplyCancel

  • Trevor Sanchez - December 2, 2010 - 4:44 am

    Those are Coast Guard uniforms, and that is ice. And those are mattress springs. My guess is they had some flooding in one of the holds and that is what they are pumping out as evidenced in the last photo. It appears to be a sailing yacht that the Coast Guard is helping to rescue. By pumping it out, they would right the yacht so that it could be saved. But that is just my guess.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - December 2, 2010 - 6:34 am

      Thank you Trevor!!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - December 2, 2010 - 10:42 pm

    My Uncle Steve left me a comment on Facebook that better explained the pictures. I’m posting it here so that I can keep his comment with the pictures. :)

    “This appears to be a sailing yacht that has grounded as evidenced by the trees in the background. My guess is that they are removing furniture and other things to lighten the boat to make it easier to refloat. The amount of ice suggests that this is probably in Alaskan waters. The Coast Guard used civillian yachts during WWII as patrol vessels. This is probably one of them as the decks and upperworks have been painted either dark gray or blue. Judging from the beam of the boat, I would hazard a guess of approximately 75 feet but may be a little smaller. The second picture also shows what appears to be a large hose going down the hatch and is probably pumping out water. The uniforms and foul weather gear are from the WWII era. That is evidenced by the “blue” dixie cup hats. They were normally white but were dyed blue during the war so as to be less conspicuous. The first photo shows the middle man with the dixie cup hat pulled down over his ears ala “Gilligan” from Gilligan’s Island. The second picture shows the man on the left wearing the hat as it would normally be worn.The man in the first picture on the right is an officer as evidenced by the gold braid on his cap. Given his apparent older age, he is probably a warrant officer. Hope this helps, Uncle Steve”ReplyCancel

  • [...] week, I posted some WWII-era Coast Guard pictures that looked very strange to me.  Thanks to my uncles for their insight on what was going on.  It [...]ReplyCancel

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: The Games People Play

We had a fairly large family (4 kids) and often played games.  It was mostly the usual board game fare of the 1980′s : Monopoly, Pictionary, UNO, Clue, etc.

The game that my father loved to play was RISK.  And how I loathed that game.  Somehow, he would sweet talk us into starting a game with him – and if you’ve ever played a full game of RISK before, you know that it can go on, and on, and on, and on.

I have memories of it being way past midnight, me getting my rear end kicked, but my dad not wanting me to quit.  He wanted victory to come by really winning the game – not because I had given up.

I learned to steer clear of RISK.:)

And so what did I go and do?  I went and married someone that loves RISK!!  Thankfully, with the advent of the computer, he can sit and play all by himself.:)

I would love for him to sit down with my dad and play an all-nighter RISK game.  I would happily get the snacks and drinks and stay out of the line of fire!

Want to join in on the Saturday Night Genealogy Fun?  Head on over to Genea-Musings to see the full details of tonight’s fun!

  • Apple - November 28, 2010 - 9:00 am

    This made me laugh because I was your Dad. I played RISK with my brother and then when my kids were old enough I made them play. The tradition continues and now my son has marathon RISK sessions with his kids.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - November 29, 2010 - 8:02 am

      I wish that I had enjoyed RISK, because I know that my dad really wanted to play it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to like it. Too much thinking ahead for me. :) ReplyCancel

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52 Weeks to Better Genealogy: My Genealogy Christmas Wish List

I spent the last three years living in North Pole, Alaska – just down the road from the Santa Claus House (reindeer and all).  There was snow on the ground for half the year.  The town was decorated with candy canes and the streets were named things like “St. Nicholas Drive”.  I’m thinking that it’s not going to feel very “Christmasy” here in Savannah this year – at least in comparison.

I’m not complaining though.  It’s November and still warm enough for flip-flops during the day.

I have had to remind myself that even though it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas is coming, it will be here before I know it.

So, what’s the first thing that I did?  Christmas cards?  Nope, I still haven’t started those.  Shopping?  Haven’t started that either.  Decorations?  Still boxed up in the garage.

No, what I did was make my Christmas list – genealogy style.  Maybe my husband will read this and then he won’t have any excuses for having absolutely no idea what to get me.  It’s all right here babe!

I promise that I’ve been good this year!

  • A slide scanner.  I took all of my mom’s slides when I was home this past summer and now they are languishing in my closet instead of hers.  I need to do something with them.  I promised her that I would get a scanner and turn them into images that we could actually see.  I’m really interested in seeing what kind of incriminating photos are amongst them.  I know for a fact that one of them is of us kids inside of a septic tank (not yet used, thankfully!).  What other crazy pics could be in there??
  • A Flip Pal.  I saw these at the Atlanta Family History Expo and I’m convinced that I just have to have one.  Can’t you think of all of the instances where a small portable scanner would have been so nice to have??
  • Evidence Explained! By Elizabeth Shown Mills.  I really need to read this.
  • A GPS for my camera (a Nikon D-5000) so that I  can geo-tag my pics (think gravestones!)
  • A gift certificate to Blurb.com so that I can make some family history books.
  • A trip to Salt Lake City for a week of research (I’m dreaming!)
  • John Edwards’ Civil War Pension file.  Wow, these records have gone up in price since I ordered one last.  I think they were $37 when I ordered most of them.  Now they are $75.  Yikes!  It kind of irks me too, because I’ve ordered his a few times over the years (when it was cheaper) and I always got the run-around since he died so late(1931).  They said that they didn’t have his records, but they do.  Now I need to order them yet again.  I think I need to speak with a human being though instead of the automated email request.
  • Chocolate and Starbucks – because I swear it makes me think better and I’m sure that it will help me break through some of those brick walls.
  • A framed family tree for our wall.
  • A subscription to Footnote.com
  • A subscription to Genline.com for my Swedish research
  • The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women’s Genealogy
  • A ticket to the NGS Conference in Charleston next May. They go on sale in December!  I’ll be buying this one for myself…
  • A DNA test from Family Tree DNA.


  • Cherie Cayemberg - November 26, 2010 - 1:29 pm

    What a wonderful list! I’ll have to get to one of the conferences sometime! Hope Andy is reading! :) ReplyCancel

  • Mavis - November 26, 2010 - 4:06 pm

    What a great list. There’s some things on your list I wouldn’t mind having, also. Hopefully, Genea Santa will bring you most of the items on your list.ReplyCancel

  • Pat Kuhn - November 26, 2010 - 6:17 pm

    great list, I forgot to put the NGS conference on my list!ReplyCancel

  • Leah - November 29, 2010 - 12:25 pm

    Concerning your ancestor’s Civil War pension file, I have had to go through the same run-around. My ancestor died in 1891, but his wife was alive until 1932 which means his pension was active until then. NARA actually only has closed (meaning no one was collecting on the pension) files from 1929 and earlier. Pensions that were active after 1929 need to be requested from Veterans Affairs. You’ll have to submit a FOIA request to them and then they’ll (hopefully) forward your request to the proper office. It is usually free to get copies through them, but the wait can be unreal and they can easily loose your request. I had to go through all this last March and I’m still haven’t gotten a copy of his pension file. If you want more information on all this let me know.ReplyCancel

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