And no, I’m not a member yet. I’m a slacker.

I still need to set aside the time to get my paperwork together and to get it checked and then printed out on the precious paper. 🙂

I was quite surprised by the meeting.  I’m in Savannah, so I had envisioned old ladies in big, bright-colored hats, sipping tea.  That wasn’t the case.  We did have some refreshments and most of the people were considerably older than me, but no big hats, no huge formalities, and no tea. 🙂

The meeting was held at the botanical gardens, but naturally nothing was in bloom.  We met in the Civil War Era building on the grounds.

They had a very interesting speaker. He wrote a book about his ancestors who were amongst the first settlers of Savannah.  It made me again wish that I had some roots in this very interesting area.

I’m planning on attending the next meeting and hopefully getting my paperwork turned in before we make our big move to El Paso in June.  Wish me luck!

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I’m still working on figuring out my 2nd great-grandmother, Ella Jane Hattery.  She’s been driving me crazy for years.

My Genealogy Bank membership came in handy yet again and I solved the mystery of where/when she got married to a Mr. Rickman (one of at least 4 husbands).  She lived in Council Bluffs, IA – which is across the river from Omaha, NE (she may have lived there at times also).  The announcement of her marriage license was found there in the Omaha World Herald, dated April 16, 1904.  Now maybe I can send away for the marriage record.

I just love how it’s titled “Connubial Ventures”.  🙂

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Patricia M. Sanchez was my great-grandmother.  She was married to Theodore F. Sanchez, whose obituary I posted last week.

This was published in the Seattle Times, page 29, on 24 February 1958.

SANCHEZ – Patricia M. Age 76 years.  Beloved wife of Theodore.  Mother of Donald, Edmonds, Wash., and Theodore F., San Francisco; Pearl Sanchez, St. Paul, Minn.;  Mrs. Arthur Loraas, Wayzata, Minn.; Mrs. James Keene, Mrs. Sidney Radovich and Mrs. Dwayne Runte, all Seattle.  18 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren.  Sister of Arthur Melhus, Minneapolis, Minn.; John Melhus, Portland, Ore.; Palmer Melhus, Bismarck, N.D., and Mrs. Elizabeth McAloney, Mound, Minn.  Services Thursday, 1 p.m., Yarington’s White Center Funeral Home.

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As I was starting to do research on my DAR line, I found a distant cousin who happened to be putting in her paperwork on the exact same ancestor, Nathaniel Brittain.

Wendy  just recently started her own genealogy blog, Shaking Leaves: My Adventures in Genealogy, and I think you should head on over there and welcome her.  She has a lot of cool cowboys in her family tree!

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