Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Week #8 is play time for Techies!

Week #8 – Technology Week 8: Technology.  What are some of the technological advances that happened during your childhood? What types of technology to you enjoy using today, and which do you avoid? 

This challenge runs from Saturday, February 19, 2011 through Friday, February 25, 2011. * * * 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Oklahoma Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Tulsa Oklahoma Directory 1922

On last summer, I snooped the OH History center/Genealogy files ... knowing that my Gransparents were burned out of  their home and their COGIC church in the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.    I don't believe I saw a prior years telephone directory.  Idid copy this information from the 1922 Tulsa DIrectory... the lady noted that the small (c) denotes colored churches

So my diggin would be to check history of churches/Pastors of 1922 to see if they have information on T.B. Sipuel's church ????


Church of God (  c  )  - 1001 N. Greenwood av.  Organized 1916. membership 70, Pastor Rev. Aaron Lee, r 1005 Greenwood av.

Church of God (  c  ) -  26 W Pecan.  Organized 1914  Pastor Rev. Malachi C. Green.  R  rear same

Church of God in Christ  (  c  ) -  700 N Greenwood av.  Organized 1917. membership 250  Pastor M. W Warren  (  c )  r. 520 N Greenwood av.

Church of God in Christ  (  c  ) -  211 E Independence.  Organized 1910, membership 125, Pastor Rev. Allen Burgess  (  c  )  r.  521 E Latimer  1005 Greenwood av.

Church of God © - 1001 N. Greenwood av.  Organized 1916. membership 70, Pastor Rev. Aaron Lee, r 1005 Greenwood av.

Oklahoma Telephone Directory 1954

Chickasha Telephone Directory shows Mrs. M. B. Sipuel

Toys for Tombstone Tuesday

A Little Red Firetruck story.... from my dad.   ALMOST FORGOTTON.....
The Fabric below reminds me that I should dig thru my many patterns in order to make a Firetruck Memory Quilt....

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Week #7 – Toys

What were my/our favorite childhood toys? Are they still around in some form today?
This challenge runs from Saturday, February 12, 2011 through Friday, February 18, 2011.

Friday, February 11, 2011

1911 Scottish Census to Be Released in April

While the 1911 census returns for England and Wales were made public in 1909, Scottish legislation exempts personal Census records from disclosure until after a 100 year closure period. Those 100 years are finally almost over, and the Registrar General for Scotland officially announced this week that the 1911 Scottish census records will be released on April 5, 2011.

The 1911 national Scottish census includes details collected from more than 4.7 million Scots, including the name, address, age, occupation, birth place and marital status of everyone enumerated in the 1911 census. The release also marks the first time that census data will be presented in full color, rather than black and white.

The 1911 census will be released on ScotlandsPeople, the official government source for Scottish genealogy, census and family research. It will cost 1 credit to view an index entry for the 1911 census. An image will cost 5 credits and will span two pages.

Let's Find Out about Earl!

  • Schedule a time in advance.

  • Prepare a list of questions beforehand and either share them with your relative, or give them an idea of what you want to cover.

  • Bring several notepads and pens to the interview. If you plan to make a recording, be sure to have a tape player, microphone, extra tapes and batteries.

  • Start with a question or topic that you know will elicit a reply, such as a story you have heard her tell in the past.

  • Ask questions which encourage more than simple 'yes' or 'no' answers. Try to elicit facts, feelings, stories and descriptions.

  • Show interest. Take an active part in the dialogue without dominating it. Learn to be a creative listener.

  • Use props whenever possible. Old photographs, favorite old songs and treasured items may bring memories flooding back.

  • Don't push for answers. Your relative may not wish to speak ill of the dead or may have other reasons for not wanting to share. Move on to something else.  


    1. What is your full Name?  Why did your parents give you the name?  Did you have a nickname?
    2. When and where were you born?
    3. How did your family come to live there?
    4. Were there other family members in the area? Who?
    5. What was the house (apartment, farm, etc.) like? How many rooms? Bathrooms? Did it have electricity? Indoor plumbing? Telephones?
    6. Were there any special items in the house that you remember?
    7. What is your earliest childhood memory?
    8. Describe the personalities of your family members.
    9. What kind of games did you play growing up?
    10. What was your favorite toy and why?
    11. What was your favorite thing to do for fun (movies, beach, etc.)?
    12. Did you have family chores? What were they? Which was your least favorite?
    13. Did you receive an allowance? How much? Did you save your money or spend it?
    14. What was school like for you as a child? What were your best and worst subjects? Where did you attend grade school? High school? College?
    15. What school activities and sports did you participate in?
    16. Do you remember any fads from your youth? Popular hairstyles? Clothes?
    17. Who were your childhood heroes?
    18. What were your favorite songs and music?
    19. Did you have any pets? If so, what kind and what were their names?
    20. What was your religion growing up? What church, if any, did you attend?
    21. Were you ever mentioned in a newspaper?
    22. Who were your friends when you were growing up?
    23. What world events had the most impact on you while you were growing up? Did any of them personally affect your family?
    24. Describe a typical family dinner. Did you all eat together as a family? Who did the cooking? What were your favorite foods?
    25. How were holidays (birthdays, Christmas, etc.) celebrated in your family? Did your family have special traditions?
    26. How is the world today different from what it was like when you were a child?
    27. Who was the oldest relative you remember as a child? What do you remember about them?
    28. What do you know about your family surname?
    29. Is there a naming tradition in your family, such as always giving the firstborn son the name of his paternal grandfather?
    30. What stories have come down to you about your parents? Grandparents? More distant ancestors?
    31. Are there any stories about famous or infamous relatives in your family?
    32. Have any recipes been passed down to you from family members?
    33. Are there any physical characteristics that run in your family?
    34. Are there any special heirlooms, photos, bibles or other memorabilia that have been passed down in your family?
    35. What was the full name of your spouse? Siblings? Parents?
    36. When and how did you meet your spouse? What did you do on dates?
    37. What was it like when you proposed (or were proposed to)? Where and when did it happen? How did you feel?
    38. Where and when did you get married?
    39. What memory stands out the most from your wedding day?
    40. How would you describe your spouse? What do (did) you admire most about them?
    41. What do you believe is the key to a successful marriage?
    42. How did you find out your were going to be a parent for the first time?
    43. Why did you choose your children's names?
    44. What was your proudest moment as a parent?
    45. What did your family enjoy doing together?
    46. What was your profession and how did you choose it?
    47. If you could have had any other profession what would it have been? Why wasn't it your first choice?
    48. Of all the things you learned from your parents, which do you feel was the most valuable?
    49. What accomplishments were you the most proud of?
    50. What is the one thing you most want people to remember about you?
  • My third-generation Grandfather

    The is insight to be gained from Life in Civil War America by historian Michael O. Varhola.

    His new book takes readers back to the war between the states, illuminating the sweeping changes and cultural norms that shaped the everyday lives of soldiers and civilians. Discover what it was like to sit around the campfire cooking hellfire stew and "throwing the papers" with fellow soldiers. Or see how it was on the home front, passing the time with war worries at a starvation party, where the only refreshment served was water.

    Inside the cover you'll find:

    • a look at the social and economic realities of daily life in the Union and Confederacy, from big cities and small towns to plantations and communes
    • an explanation of military life in the army and navy, from rankings and regiments to duties and dress
    • the typical diets of soldiers and civilians, including period recipes, food preparation and the impact of shortages and inflation on rations
    • definitions of common terms, slang and idioms of the era
    • dozens of Civil War photographs and illustrations plus an appendix on the role photography played during the war
    • a quick-reference timeline detailing the events of the war
    • tips for researching ancestors who fought in the Civil War
    • information on Civil War resources, books, periodicals, websites and historic sites
    Life in Civil War America is now available on ShopFamilyTree.com at a special 33 percent discount.

    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    BMC stands for Baptist Medical Center

    New-day... renamed Integris..... But back in the 1960's, it was just Baptist Hospital.  Also the place where daddy died on the 10th Floor looking out of the east window... @ the rising sun!

    It's a daily drive-by.... My mother looks a little lonely whether she says anything or not - and my heart simply reflects....

    Tuesday, February 8, 2011

    Tuesday's 2 cents worth ...... Found an OBIT

    Oktibbeha County was established December 23, 1833, as one of the numerous counties formed at that time from the Choctaw cession of 1830. Oktibbeha is an Indian word meaning “ice there in creek,” or, according to another authority “bloody water,” because of the battles fought here between the Chickasaws and Choctaws in an early day.

    Oktibbeha County is bordered by Noxubee County (southeast), Winston County (south), Choctaw County (west), Webster County (northwest), Clay County (north) and Lowndes County (east) . Cities and Towns include Maben, Starkville, Sturgis . On April 25, 1875, fire swept through downtown Starkville destroying 52 buildings.

    The obit said his parents were Mr & Mrs Austin Boykin....... WOWEEE

    Located a William (MS)  and a Jacob Boykin from SC ? on 1870 Census -- both had son's named Austin:  I'll have to calculate/estimate age factors and follow a couple more records.     

    Monday, February 7, 2011

    My very own scanfest... and Folder

    Week #6 – Radio & Television

    A favorite radio or television show from my childhood? HMMMMMMnnnnn    This challenge runs from Saturday, February 5, 2011 through Friday, February 11, 2011. * * *

    Friday, February 4, 2011

    Lucinda Smith Reunion 2011

    Please be advised the upcoming ‘2011 Lucinda Smith Family Reunion’ is scheduled for:   Date: May 28th, thru May 30th, -- 2011 Place: Tulsa, OK

    If you know of any relatives who have not received this information, please inform them of our reunion plans and pass on a copy of this letter so they may participate and join in on the fun. We have planned an exciting weekend full of activities for all ages.

    Family gatherings are always a good way for families to become re-acquainted with relatives we have lost touch with. Don't forget to bring your cameras, pencils, pens, paper, and databanks to get everyone's name, address, telephone number, and e-mail to keep up with the family goings-on.

    Should you have any questions you can contact: Beverly Kirk at beverly.kirk@oesc.state.ok.us 405-557-5488 or home 405-722-2587

    Week 5 Favorite Foods

    Favorite Food: What was your favorite food from childhood? If it was homemade, who made it? What was in this dish, and why was it your favorite? What is your favorite dish now?

    This challenge runs from Saturday, January 29, 2011 through Friday,

    Civil War Sesquicentennial Grants for Societies and Libraries

    If you're part of a non-profit group with 501 (c) (3) non-profit status such as a historical society or a library, these grants may be of interest to you:

    Civil War Sesquicentennial National Traveling Exhibition: "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War"

    A partnership between the National Constitution Center, the American Library Association, and the National Endowment for the Humanities are the foundation for this grant. Two hundred institutions/organizations will be selected to host this exhibition each for six weeks. This would be a great event for historical societies or in partnership with their local libraries. Imagine the press and exposure this could generate for your group. More information on the exhibit, requirements, application details and questions can be found here.

    Application deadline, May 5, 2011.

    Small Grants to Libraries: Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War

    A partnership between the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities brings forth this scholar-led reading and discussion program for public audiences. This grant is open to U.S. public, academic, community college libraries with 501 (c) (3) status. If you're a part of a Friends group or other group that has a strong relationship with a local library, consider sharing this grant announcement with them. More information on the exhibit, requirements, application details and questions can be found here.

    Application deadline, April 19, 2011.

    Week 4: Our Homes

    Describe the house in which you grew up. Was it big or small? What made it unique? Is it still there today?

    Frederick, Tipton County, Oklahoma shows my 1st grade report card via yr 1959-1960 under Wanda Eviage... I notice the first 9weeks says  Readiness Period???  No Enrolled??  But I was being promoted! I attended the first, second and third grade in Frederick....school yr ending 1962.
    Her also, is a picture of my Daddy's Hawkins Chapel COGIC congregation with me standing in the plaid shirt:  I think next to James... and my brother Orville has his hands folded in a white shirt.

     Via the fourth grade... Our family returned to 601 So. 1st Street in Chickasha, OK for my 4th-5th and sixth grades.

    Mid-yr 1965, we moved to Oklahoma City, OK as a family of eight
    Beginning 1965-66 School Year, I attended Millwood from the 7th - 9th Grade, OKC OK

    Christmas @ 4916 N Wisconsin.... Happy & Merry
    So... this what four of us looked like....

    A Final Home for the Huggins Bunch was WOODRIDGE ...