Over My Dead Body! Who Looked at Your Ancestor’s Body?

Have you been to an open casket funeral?  I have.  I don’t like open caskets, because the deceased NEVER looks like they did in life.  They look like they’ve just come from a wax museum. While I don’t like open caskets, there are a few other places where people are...

In Memory Of …

Today we remember those who sacrificed so much on September 11, 2001, those who died and those who lost loved ones.  May their sacrifices be remembered. My heart goes out to those who’s lives were changed so tragically that day.   I pray that all may find peace and...

Samford 2011: Recap

Back Home, Saturday, 18 June 2011: Thought I’d take a minute to recap this last week at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama.   Would I do it again?  In a heartbeat. Tom Jones’s class, “Writing and...

Samford 2011: Day One

Birmingham, Alabama, Monday, 13 June 2011:  Woke up at 6:45 AM, showered and dressed, and headed to breakfast.  I passed on the waffles, French toast, sausage, and scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and instead ate oatmeal and fresh fruit.   I’m...

Sunday at Samford 2011

Birmingham, Alabama, Sunday, 12 June 2011: Got all checked in today, met my dorm roommate.  She and I both get cold (even in 95 degree Birmingham, so we turned down the air conditioner in the room). Went to dinner and orientation, and the staff introduced our course...