I have been a member of a few societies over the years. Sometimes I join one when I am focusing my research on a certain area and need look-ups done or I want to receive the newsletters from that particular area.

I have also joined the local societies so that I can meet with other genealogists and learn through the speakers. I had the great luck of living in Monterey, CA for a number of years. We often had Karen Clifford as a speaker and our meetings were held at the Family History Center which had a plethora of books and microfiche available.

I just recently joined the Savannah Area Genealogical Association and have attended 2 meetings so far. It really makes me wish that I had family in the Low Country. The area is so full of historic significance and the cemeteries here are beautiful, but my family didn’t play a part in any of its history. Even if I don’t have any research interest in this area, I still like attending meetings and being around people with the same common interests.

I am also in the process of joining a local DAR chapter. It is going to be a long process, but I’m looking forward to attending the meetings and meeting some other genealogists in the area.

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This past weekend, we drove from Georgia to Kansas and back. It was quite a long trip – about 20 hours of driving each direction.  That didn’t leave very much time for visiting or relaxing.

My husband’s grandmother is selling her home and we drove up to pick up the piano which she gave us.  (I will post about that later, once I get  a nice picture of it.)

Here is a photo I took of her while we were visiting.  It’s hard to believe that she’s 95!!

While we were there, we found this school book, which belonged to her husband – Homer Lyle Weeks.  He attended Knowledge Hill School in Lawrence, Kansas.  The date inside the book is 1923.

I am always drawn towards books.  We have shelves upon shelves of them.  I know that I may live to eat my words, but I can’t imagine replacing all of my books with one of those new-fangled iPads or nooks.  I’m not against electronics of course.  I have an iPhone and a laptop.  I blog for goodness sakes.:)I just like the feel of a book in my hands while I’m reading it.

This book is one of the other things that we took home with us.  It is so special to know that Andy’s grandpa used this as a child – and that we’ll be able to pass it on to one of our children some day.

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Happy Veterans Day!!

I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone that has served this great country, including my ancestors.  The sacrifices they made and the hardships that they had to endure are not lost on me.  I am very proud to have ancestors that have served throughout the history of our nation, back to the Revolutionary War.

Here is a list of some of the many people in my family (and my husband’s) who have bravely served our country in the Armed Forces.

Revolutionary War:
Nathaniel Brittain (he lost his life during the war)
Ambrose Garriott
Charles Clark Moorman
Dudley Glass
Patrick Cavit

War of 1812:
John Glass

Civil War:
Jacob Frederick Sanchez-Tereso

John Henry Becker
Ward Pierce
Hedger Pierce
George Spencer
James Baker
Austin Agee
Samuel Edward Lee
Peter Henry Weeks
John Edwards

Adam Potter Cavit
George Turner Cavit
Hugh M. Robertson

World War I:
Alfred Edwards
Harry Robertson

World War II:
Alphonso James Thornton, Jr. (He received the Purple Heart for his service in the Pacific)

Donald Arthur Sanchez

And beyond:
My Uncles Rick, Steve, Dave, and Pat

My father-in-law

Julian, Vince, and Dave Weeks

And last but not least, my wonderful husband who is still on Active Duty after 22 years of service in the Army.

Now that I think about it, I guess I’m a veteran too.  Goodness, I look too young to be wearing a uniform in this picture.:)

  • Cherie Cayemberg - November 11, 2010 - 8:36 am

    Great post! Our vets don’t go quite as far back…at least not that I’ve found yet! Happy Veterans Day!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - November 16, 2010 - 11:01 am

    Thanks for the great post Jen and thanks for serving :) Love you guys!ReplyCancel

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This is the photo from my dad’s student body card in 1971.  He attended Ballard High School in Seattle, WA.  I have always loved his curls – and wished that I had been blessed with them.  All 4 of us kids ended up with straight hair – and so did all 5 of mine!  I guess that gene wasn’t very dominant.:)

  • Amy Coffin - November 10, 2010 - 10:38 am

    Great photo. I hear ya on the straight hair thing.ReplyCancel

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Yes, I’m really heading to Atlanta next weekend for the Family History Expo.

I was reluctant to go because I hate not spending a 4 day weekend with my husband, but then again if I don’t go now, when will I?  The kids are old enough to be left without missing  me too much.  Andy has time off, so I don’t have to find a babysitter.  It’s only 4 hours away, so I can drive.  No excuses, right?

I even get to spend one blissful evening in a quiet hotel room – all by myself.  I don’t think I’ve been alone in 11 years. I’m not exaggerating.:)

I’m so excited about the classes being offered – and about meeting other genealogists and especially geneabloggers!!

Hope to see you all there!!!!

  • Family History Expos - November 8, 2010 - 9:35 am

    Jen, we’re glad you can join us at the Atlanta Family History Expo. See you soon!ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - November 8, 2010 - 4:52 pm

    I’m so jealous! Have fun and take pictures with that awesome camera!ReplyCancel

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