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Some tombstone inscriptions from the 18th century that I found in a book on Rattray Parish, Perthshire, Scotland: This one was 1754.

“Remember man impartial fate knocks at the cottage and the palace gate.

Life’s span forbids these to extend thy cares and stretch thy hopes beyond thy years.

Night soon will seize and you must go to frightful ghosts and dismal shades below.”


“Not gone from memory nor from love

but to our Father’s home above.”


“We loved them much, we loved them well.

We loved them more than tongue can tell.

God loved them too and thought it best

To take them home with Him to rest.”


Have you given any thought to what thoughts/words you’d want inscribed onto your tombstone?

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Parnell, Washington, founded on 6 Aug 1889, on a site about 1/2 mile south of Hartline. Ever heard of it???

Even Grandma Google couldn’t find anything on this bitsy place! Seems it’s been forgotten? (There were several hits for folks named Parnell Washington, oddly enough.)

Parnell was established because of the need to survey the line for the railroad…..which failed to materialize. So the hopeful founding fathers, Brower & Reeves, moved their merchandise store from Parnell to Hartline and indeed, the Northern Pacific Railroad did come through Hartline a bit later. The town of Hartline was named by John Hartline on 28 Jul1890.

Anybody in WSGS have an ancestral connection to Parnell or even Hartline???

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Prospective parents ponder long and hard to find just the right name for their baby. This is true today and it certainly must have been true yesterday. In our genealogy we often “fuss” when Richard Allen-1 names his son Richard Allen-2 and then comes Richard Allen-3, and so on. But we raise our eyebrows equally high to find some downright (          ) (you fill in the blank!!) first names. I say odd, unusual, seemingly crazy and hard to spell much less pronounce.

Did you read where Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have three children named, North (girl), Saint (boy) and now Chicago (girl). Those dear children will never find their name on a doodad.

Yesterday first-naming a baby was no different. Cases in point:

Nicholas, King of the Jews……….. a baby boy in 1870 in Tennessee.

Alabama, Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia, all big sisters to baby brother Northwest Territory, another census finding.

What crazy-odd-funny-unusual first names are found in your family tree?

(Thanks to Google and “meandmason” blog on WordPress.)

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The Pennsylvania Dutch, which as “everybody” knows were not “Dutch” but German folks, had a droll sense of humor according to The Pennsylvania Dutch, by Fredric Klees, 1950. They loved bad riddles:

What kind of stones are found in water?    Wet ones.

On which side does a dog have most hair?  The outside.

Why do farmers build pigsties next to the barn? For the pigs.

Here’s the best one cited by the author:

What is as white as snow, as green as grass, as red as blood, and as black as a hat?   A black cherry!


If your ancestry includes Pennsylvania Dutch folks, this book is a must-read for background understanding.  (Found it on Amazon for $26.00.)


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According to that eminent authority, Sunday’s Parade Magazine, American love their “comfort food.” And each state has its favorites:

Alabama: BBQ Chicken                          Alaska:  Smoked Salmon Chowder

Arizona:  Chimichangas                          Arkansas: Biscuits/Choco. Gravy

California: Ramen                                     Colorado:  Chile Verde

Connecticut: Steamed Cheeseburgers   Delaware: Scrapple

Florida: Cuban Sandwich                        Georgia: Peach Cobbler

Hawaii:  Saimin                                          Idaho:  Finger Steaks

Illinois:  Deep Dish Pizza                          Indiana: Pork Tenderloin Sand.

Iowa: Maid-Rite Sandwich                       Kansas: Chicken Fried Steak/Msh’d

Louisiana:  Gumbo                                     Maine: Lobster Roll

Maryland: Crab Cakes                                Massachusetts: Clam Chowder

Michigan: Pasties                                       Minnesota:  Hotdish

Mississippi:  Tamales                                Missouri: Toasted Ravioli

Montana: Huckleberry Pie                       Nebraska: Runzas

Nevada:  Thai Rood                                  NH:  Apple Cider Donuts

New Jersey: Trenton Tomato Pie           New Mexico: Breakfast Burritos

New York: Buffalo Wings                        No. Carolina: Pulled-Pork BBQ

North Dakota: Knoephia                          Ohio: Cincinnati Chili

Okilahoma: Onion Burgers                     Oregon: Mac & Cheese

Penn:  Philly Cheesecake                         Rhode Island: Doughboys

So. Carolina: Shrimp & Grits                   South Dakota: Chislic

Tennessee: Hot Chicken                           Texas: Smoked Brisket

Utah: Funeral Potatoes                             Vermont: Blueberry Panckes

Virginia: Brunswick Stew                         Washington: Cedar Planked Salmon

W. Virginia: Pepperoni Roll                    Wisconsin: Deep-Fried CheeseCurds

Wyoming: Bison Meatloaf

Do you agree with Parade Magazine’s choice for YOUR home state? Some of those things I’ve never heard of………… some I’ve made and loved….. like Cincinnati Chili. But tamales for Mississippi?? Surprise, surprise. If you can believe Parade. 

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We do love to talk endlessly about the weather….. too rainy, too hot, too cold and definitely too snowy. How about two feet of snow in one month? In Western Washington!

This bit was from the Tacoma News Tribune for 9 Feb 1929 but hearkened back to “1834 Was Year Of Real Snow on Sound.”

Dupont, Wash……. Feb 9th….. Inhabitants of the Puget Sound county “haven’t seen anything yet,” in spite of the shattering of records during the present cold snap. If history repeats itself, look back to January, 1834, the first year of the Hudson’s Bay Trading Company. An old diary kept by the factor of the fort discloses that on January 14th, it “snowed heavily.” Then on the 15th it again “snowed heavily.” On the 16th, “it snowed much of the day and much during the night.” The snow was two feet deep on the 18th; the 19th and 20th were repetitions of the 18th. Snow and very cold weather prevailed for eight successive days.

Then came thawing and rains and wind which “all but wrecked the palisades and buildings of the fort.” This type of weather prevailed until Feb 16th when another foot of snow fell which was repeated on the 17th and 18th. It was impossible to continue any sort of work. Cutting firewood seemed to be the only occupation.

And we shut down with barely six inches of the white flakes! Were our ancestors hardier than us? I wonder……………

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Great quote to share with you today. Found it in the book “The Scotch-Irish: A Social History,” by James G. Leyburn, 1962.

“A person in search of his ancestors naturally likes to believe the best of them, and the best in terms of contemporary standards. Where genealogical facts are few, and these located in the remote past, reconstruction of family history is often more imaginative than correct.”

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You can really get a good deep look into an ancestor’s life by reading the inventory of his/her possessions when the estate was probated. EVERY single little thing was apparently listed…….. and it surely shows how very little they had by way of possessions. (Think how long YOUR list would be???) Below is the inventory of an ancestor of mine dated 1774:

  • 3 beds and furniture
  • 2 bedsteads
  • 7 chairs
  • 1 safe
  • 1 chst
  • 2 tables
  • 1 gunn
  • 1 saddle
  • 1 horse
  • 1 teakettle
  • 1 set of tea ware
  • 3 stone potts
  • 4 iron potts
  • 1 pr handirons
  • 1 looking glass
  • 1 brass kettle
  • 13 casks
  • 1 iron pot-rack
  • 2 reap hooks
  • 3 plow hoes
  • 3 broad hoes
  • 2 axes
  • 1 hatchett
  • 1 grubbing hoe
  • 1 skillett
  • 1 pr wedges
  • 2 augors
  • 2 chizzells
  • 2 handsaws
  • 1 hammer
  • 1 tub
  • 3 water vessels
  • 1 jack plain
  • 1 dish
  • 2 basons
  • 6 plates
  • 1 earthen jar
  • 2 earthen plates
  • 6 spoons
  • 1 trunk
  • 1 spinning wheel
  • 2 pr cards
  • 1 pr tongs
  • 1 frying pan
  • 4 punch bowls
  • 1 flax hackle
  • 13 head of cattle
  • 8 head of sheep
  • 11 head of hogs
  • 1 bee hive
  • 1 Bible
  • 1 Hymn Book
  • 3 trays

What I found quite fascinating, as I typed this list, was the mixed-up nature of it….. outdoor tools mixed in with kitchen stuff. And he had a Bible! (Where else did the family obtain new-baby names?) Another bit of interesting trivia, as I understand, all this stuff did not automatically go to the wife…… My, my, my how times have changed for the better. 


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Haven’t yet gotten around to crafting some Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions? Or, like Maxine, have you broken them all already?

A full year ago, my friend Thomas MacEntee wrote a blog post wherein he came up with a list of seven “Cs” for Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. CLEAN: Take inventory, get organized, and clean out!
  2. COLLECT:  Create a solid system for keeping track of gene info.
  3. CURATE: Review source material… is it true or false?
  4. CONNECT: Don’t get stuck on one source….connect with libraries, archives and other genealogists.
  5. CREATE: Write up a concise proof for each fact and relationship.
  6. CONSERVE: Have multiple backup plans!
  7. CONTINUE: “Basically,” said Thomas, “this is the rinse-and-repeat cycle.”

Whatever YOU come up with for YOUR Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions, I hope you stick to them and by next December can be proud of your progress.