May 15, 2018


Three grand girls graduating this year!
Amy from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts,
on her way to becoming an awesome social worker.
Jenna from St. Joseph's High School in Alameda, California,
on her way to Chico State.
Claire from Placer High School in Auburn, California,
on her way to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Apr 26, 2018

Ignatius Sollars

My 2nd great grandmother, Eliza Clevenger, who married my mother's great grandfather, James Parks, had an aunt who married a John Sollars.  That got me interested because we were good friends with Ray and Elaine Sollars when my kids were babies and we lived near USC.  I found a common link at Ignatius Sollars. 

Ignatius Sollars (John’s uncle) was Ray Sollars’ 2d great grandfather.  So Ray’s 2d great grandfather was a first cousin of my 4th great uncle.  :}}}}  Wish we’d known that when the kids were little.  Ray passed away in 1981 and Elaine in 1987.

Apr 4, 2018


I am looking for the Goodman family of Randolph County, Indiana and Dayton, Ohio.  Susan Johnson Goodman was the first or second wife of my second great grandfather, James Parks.  I'm still striking out on finding his date and place of death, so I'm going to focus on the Goodman family for a while.  Susan (sometimes seen as Susannah) was born in Maryland in 1799.  Susan's mother's maiden name was Johnson, which seems to be a popular name carried down in the family of Susan and James Parks' daughter, Martha J. Parks, who married George Washington Harshman.  Susan and James married in 1829 in Ohio, and she died in 1842 (most likely in Indiana, but possibly Ohio), the same year as their first child, a son named John, died.  News articles from that time are pretty scarce.  

Feb 17, 2018

Winter Blahs

Sometimes you just can't stay ahead of it!  After some allergy issues through December, I came down with a head cold the week before Christmas until the week after New Year's.  Compromised immune system was followed by a tangle with shingles.  Shingles!!  Me!  Never thought I'd ever see the day - talked about getting the shingles vaccination but forgot about it.  So now I'll have to get one per doctor's advice.  I haven't gotten my strength back yet, so it's been nice to have a genealogy project for some church friends, the Covers.  We have had so much fun finding news articles about mystery people in their backgrounds and have had fun documenting major events in life.  I was very glad to have the project to keep the doldrums from setting in.

Dec 12, 2017

Christmas Tree by Cher

My friend, Cher, loves to decorate Christmas trees.  And I love her beautiful creation this year.

Nov 20, 2017

My Family Thanksgiving

What a beautiful family I've been blessed with.  We had a family get together on the 18th in Northern California.  We were missing six family members for various good reasons, but here are the rest of us:


Nov 18, 2017

Mother of 44

1882 Nov 4, Quad-City Times, P4, Davenport, Iowa

Mrs. Mary Austin, who lately died at Washington, had forty-four male children, eleven of whom survive.  She was a doctor of medicine and surgeon, and served through the war with the rank of major.  Mrs. Austin had triplets six times.
I found this news clip when searching for my 3d great grandmother.  What I want to know is when did she have time to be a doctor and surgeon?  And triplets six times only accounts for 18 children.  I'm left to assume she was simply an over-achiever!

Nov 7, 2017

My Veteran

1974 Lt. Col. William C. Toole - During training exercises

With Gunny Lovall

Oct 15, 2017

One Year

It's been a year since part of my heart moved into Heaven.  I've had a lot of ups and downs this past year.  Special friends have been kind and supportive and family members incredibly caring.  A friend loaned me a book, "We Shall See God" by Randy Alcorn with devotional thoughts from Charles Spurgeon.  This paragraph was comforting to me:

"I'm standing on the seashore.  A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.  She's an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and the sky come down to mingle with each other.  And then I hear someone at my side saying, "There, she's gone."

"Gone where?  Gone from my sight, that is all.  She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side.  And just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination.  Her diminished size is in ME, not in her.  And just at the moment when someone at my side says: "There, she's gone," there are other eyes watching her coming, and there are other voices ready to take up the glad shout, 'Here she comes!'  And that is dying."

Sep 6, 2017

Sad News from Arizona

I talked to my former neighbors who moved to Arizona in March.  They were so very helpful during Bill's illness.  Their precious and sensitive standard poodle named PJ was a very special little being in my life at that time.  She seemed to sense my grief and was extremely protective of me - pulling her mom to my house before she would go on a walk, just to make sure I was OK.  Here she is waiting for me to let her know I'm OK.

PJ was 12 years old.  She developed an inoperable tumor and passed away last month.  I am sad!