Jun 14, 2016

June Visitors

Anne Scott and her two have been and gone, having successfully inspected all areas of shopping in St. George.  Someone had to do it!!

May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend

So great to have Bill's son, Mike, and grandson, David, with us for a day and a half.  They enjoyed a respite from the humidity in New Brunswick, New Jersey.


May 3, 2016

2016 April - Roses Recovering

Ground cover roses are recovering from a nasty cutback a year and a half ago - by a new gardener who didn't know better.  :|  They look better every day.

Feb 3, 2016

Jan 22, 2016

Winter Doldrums

Dental implant surgery yesterday!  I was supposed to get two implants but only got one this time around due to soft jaw bone from the broken root/infection of three months ago.  I'm a slow healer.  Of course I'm special, so I had to have a sinus lift during the procedure which makes for a sore face and jaw.  I had quite a bit of nausea from the antibiotic and saw my NAET doctor to eliminate that nasty feeling.  Wish I could have had both implants done at once, but, like my mom used to say "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride."

Jan 9, 2016

Acceptable Snow

It's a good thing when snow is far away.
9 Jan 2016

Jan 1, 2016

2016 Golden Nugget Transcriptions

In 2015 I volunteered to do transcriptions for Golden Nugget Library, typing biographies from hard copies to be entered on the Golden Nugget web pages.  The library was established to furnish California databases for genealogical research.  If you go to the link on the left pane of my blog under "Favorite Genealogy Sites," to Golden Nugget Library, you can type my name in the search box to see some of the biographies I have typed.  After doing genealogy research for myself and many other families for more than ten years, I felt it was time to give back to the genealogy community.  Having lived in some of the California counties mentioned, it has been a fun and interesting project.  Hope to do many more in 2016.

Sep 29, 2015

Grandpa B. W. (Brick Wall) Parks

How can one man be so frustrating?  I have been hunting this man for years and cannot find his birth family.  He was supposedly born James Galloway Parks on 17 June 1791 in Virginia.  He may have lived in Kentucky before moving to Ohio and then to Indiana.  From what I've pieced together, and some of this is a fairly educated guess, his first wife was the mother of Elizabeth Parks (born 1812 in Kentucky) who married William H. Golden.  I believe his second wife to be Susannah Johnson, first married to a Mr. Goodman, and married to James Galloway Parks on 25 Aug 1829 in Ohio.  They had two children, John and Martha.  John died at age 10 and Martha married George Washington Harshman and died in 1902 in Indiana.  Third wife is my great grandmother, Eliza Jane Clevenger (first husband Isaac Thornburg with whom she had five children) who married James Galloway Parks in 1845 when he was 55 and she was 36.  She died after giving birth to two children, Lydia in 1845 and Isaac in 1849.  I'm not sure of her death year, but an educated guess is 1863.  These two great great grandparents are still hiding - no cemetery or death date information.

My mother maintained that she was of English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh descent.  I have yet to find the Welsh and suspect it is part of the Irish background.

Sep 11, 2015

O'Tooles of Tipperary

I'm working right now on the O'Toole file again.  FindMyPast has a fairly extensive database and I'm finding some birth and marriage notices.  For Ancestry users: