Thursday, April 19, 2018

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my uncle taken in the home of his aunt in Galena, Maryland in 2000.  He was always ready with his camera.  At the time this photo was taken, he was 45 years old.

James Odgers
1954 - 2007

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my uncle striking a goofy pose in the home of his aunt in Galena, Maryland in 2000.  He was 45 years old.

James Odgers
1954 - 2007

Monday, April 16, 2018

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my uncle taken in the home of his aunt in Galena, Maryland in 2000.  He was 45 years old.

James Odgers
1954 - 2007

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my uncle taken in his living room in New Castle, Delaware in the 1970s.  I wonder what was in the bag.

James Odgers
1954 - 2007

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Remember the Living

While working on a family tree, it's so easy to get wrapped up in how far back one can trace their ancestry.  We would all like to know if we have roots dating back to the colonial days and from which country did our ancestors emigrate, if at all.  There seems to be a deep-rooted need in some of us to know where we come from, like it defines who we are today.  But sometimes that leads us to overlook the obvious - those family members who are right here with us today.  How many times
have I said, "I wish I had asked...while so-and-so was still alive?"

That's why it is so important to record EVERYTHING.  Get your family together as much as possible.  Get photos of everyone when you can.  Ask those questions you have.  Keep all those birth announcements, graduation announcements, wedding invitations.

Recording family history that is happening now may be more important than researching the past.  One day our great-grandchildren will be thankful that we did.

Physician's Affidavit of March 30, 1893

This Physician's Affidavit is part of my 3rd great-grandfather's Civil War Pension File.  It was filed on March 30, 1893.  It was 28...