Looking for a Reason Why

Looking for a Reason Why

In my last post I wrote about 1 of 5 reasons why a supposedly sane person would get involved in genealogy (you can read about it here.) Really, what is so great about digging around in the past? Well, here is Reason #2 ala Janet Hovorka:“It gives me a sense of purpose and a feeling that I can do it.”Mamie and Papa were my great grandparents.  Anna Mae Atteberry Brown and Herbert BrownMamie was a true matriarch and ruled her domain with strength, love and lots of Southern food.Papa was a man of few words, enterprising and devoted to Mamie. Papa had been a coal miner and if that wasn’t hard enough he did it in dirt poor Alabama. When that life began to effect his health, Mamie said ‘enough.’ They became migrant farm workers, and Papa worked his way up to be farm supervisor. They picked their way through Michigan and then through Yuma,AZ until they settled in Sebastopol, California. Mamie and Papa survived coal mining, migrant farm working, a death of their infant baby boy, two world wars Continue reading