Fuel the Find – Time to Give Back and Join the Challenge

Fuel the Find – Time to Give Back and Join the Challenge

Have you ever found a record on FamilySearch.org? I have. I am aware that someone microfilmed that record, and then someone else indexed it - all so I could find that record, for free. Now, FamilySearch is inviting everyone to join in and help #FuelTheFind during the week of August 7-14. They are hoping to have a 100,000 people index just 1 batch, which is hardly much time at all. Indexing really isn't hard, in fact it can be fun and quite addicting! I am a firm believer that we receive as we give; so many times in helping someone else, I find that I have received the help that I needed. Take a break. Do something worthwhile. Go to FamilySearch.org and become and indexer  and join the Facebook group too! Please join in and help. We need you. Someone who is looking for that record needs you! FamilySearch shares with everyone - for free. Indexing is a way to feel good about yourself and help others at the same time, it doesn't get better than that! So mark your calendars Continue reading

Memorial Day – Wiley T. Johnston

Memorial Day – Wiley T. Johnston

My ancestors are fighters. They are an extremely patriotic bunch and can be found in every war of our country. One ancestor’s story I find especially compelling is that of my third great grandfather, Wiley T. Johnston. Wiley, the second of 12 children, was born and lived in Corona, Alabama. In October of 1863, he became a 19-year-old private in Alabama’s 28th Infantry. Wiley’s first military action came one month later at the Battle of Lookout Mountain. There he was taken as a prisoner of war and sent to Rock Island Prison in Illinois, where he was kept until the end of the war. The researcher and historian in me became engrossed in learning about this prison, previously unknown to me. Disease, malnutrition, overcrowding, and cold caused the deaths of more than 2,000 prisoners. It was -32° F and snowing when Wiley entered the prison in December 1863 – pretty cold for a southern boy. Wiley was released at the end of the war to walk the more than 730 miles back home, Continue reading

My Mom is Fierce

Here's my post that was included in Familysearch's blog post that featured other family historian's (like AJ Jacobs, Lisa Alzo and others) favorite mom memories. It was a fun read, go check them all out here. “My mother is loving, but fierce. The mother of seven children, she had her last child at the age of 47 and her first at 18. She has no patience for quitters and those who don’t try. Growing up her frequent saying when we said we couldn't do something (which was apparently often) was, ‘can’t never could.’ That saying never failed to make me mad when I was growing up. I wanted to quit, I wanted it to be easy – shoot, I wanted my mom to do it for me! Mom wasn't having any of it. I may have been her baby, but she didn't believe in babying me or anyone else. While I did not appreciate it at all when I was younger, I am so very grateful…now. Mom taught me to fly on my own, to not give up when things were tough, and to now say to my own children the dreaded, but Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 30

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 30

Day 30 - Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep No one really likes to think about it, but eventually we will all leave this life and so we might as well have a say about. What do we want to say about the life we have led? What do we want others to say about us or to remember about us? What would we want our legacy to be? We can pick out our music, the clothes we want to be buried in, but our legacy is what matters, what we leave behind is being shaped everyday by our choices now.  Choose wisely. Today in your journal write down what you want at your funeral, what you want said about you. Make your wishes known. Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 29

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 29

Day 29 - My Favorite Things When we are looking for a ray of sunshine on a bleak and stormy day, what memory can we recall that will see us through? Why is this memory special? How did this memory help us through tough times? Do we do anything special to create more happy memories or do we leave it to chance? Are there particular people or is there a certain period of time are usually in these happy memories? Journaling is more that writing down your thoughts, it can be a resource to turn to when we need support, reassurance and hope. Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 28

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 28

Day 28 - Traditions Our family traditions can assume many forms, like Hot Cocoa and popcorn on Sunday afternoons, or a bowl of Snow Cream made from the first snowfall, to name just a few. What are your family traditions? How did they start? Traditions can be the glue that helps hold a family together and can provide a strong foundation for building lasting family bonds. Share yours and write them down in your journal so that future generations know how they started or why they are so meaningful. Don't have any? Create some! Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 27

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 27

Day 27 - What Are Your Priorities What does success mean to you? What does it look like? When I achieve ________, then I will know that I am successful. Our success is determined largely by what our priorities are. So, take a minute to think about that and begin journaling about that. Now, where do you invest your time and energy? Do they reflect your priorities? We often need a reminder to focus on what matters most. The expedient can take our lives hostage and our priorities, can get lost. Don't let things that matter most be forgotten or relegated to last place. Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 26

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 26

Day 26 - My Dreams For My Family If you could wish anything for your posterity, what would it be? What opportunities and chances do you hope they will have? In what type of world do you hope they will live? What do you hope they achieve, explore, or learn? What things do you hope they will avoid? Write in your journal these dreams and make your intentions known. Dreams can come true. Maybe yours will, start the fire. Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 25

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 25

Day 25 - 25 Things You Don't Know About Me This is "speed drill." Number your paper from 1-25 and quickly write the first things that come to mind. We all have some quirky, funny, weird or just downright strange things about us that most people don't know about us. Maybe we think that is a good thing, or maybe, it is these undiscovered truth that will help us become more endearing and memorable to our future generations. Don't be shy and don't deliberate too long - just write in your journal today! Make your journal writing easier by using these journal prompts. Just keep writing! Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 24

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 24

Day 24 - Your Birth Stories A seemingly universal truth is that nearly everyone loves to hear the story of their birth. I know my children are fascinated with their birth story and want to hear them repeated over and over. If you have children, write in detail each of their birth stories. No children, write your own. A birth story provides drama, romance and occasionally comedy. What's not to love? What were your feelings about the births? What was the best part and what was the worst? Knowing our stories, helps us know ourselves. Continue reading