Root Digger Daily Journal: Friday, October 5, 2012

Today was one of those days where everything was in slow motion.  Had a lot on my plate and still do.

This morning after my friend and I dropped my daughter off to school, we went to a little cafe in Lemon Grove, CA.  I can’t even remember the name.  They gave big servings for the breakfast meals, and I was so hungry and ate all except the pancakes.  Then I purchased some items at the medical supply place that would help me take care of my uncle when he comes home.  Now you know that I could not leave Lemon Grove without visiting the antique store.  I bought a few more photos that had names on the back as they were a part of the collection I already had at home, and I gather that they will give some meaning to the research at hand.

Today I presented the artwork portrait of my father to the elementary school librarian and met with some of the students in a 4th grade class.They were so happy to meet me and I was happy to meet them.

I didn’t do much with genealogy today, but I did participate on an online chat with Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project.  This project is so intriguing…I would like to participate maybe next year.

I  started to go through College Board to order SAT reports for the twelve schools my daughter is interested in.  I am really starting to get pumped up for the College process with her.

Well it is late, my grandson is here and still awake at 10:30pm…It is time to wind down and maybe play a game of Words with Friends.

See you all tomorrow.

Good Night!


Thursday, October 4, 2012: My Genealogy Corner

Today was not a big genealogy day.  Spent a lot of time out of the house running errands.

Some of the things I did do today was:

  1.  Purchased an accordion file, folders, notebooks and sticky notes so that my daughter and I can stay organized while she applies to colleges and scholarships for next year.
  2.  Went to Staples and Kinko’s to have the pencilman Artwork copied on hard stock paper and then went to Aaron Brothers to purchase a couple of frames for the portrait of my Father, Walter J. Porter.  I will be going to the elementary school tomorrow to have it presented for the North Campus library.  We had the presentation of the originals before school let out in June 2012. (The portrait below and a duplicate will be on each campus Library).
The Pencilman and me at the Walter J. Porter Elementary School with both portraits.  The one I am holding has another copy for library.

The Pencilman and me at the Walter J. Porter Elementary School with both portraits. The one I am holding has another copy for library.

  1.  I wanted to get to my Hairston family research today but really did not have the time.
  2.  I did begin a family tree on Walter & Cora Davis…as one of my Hairston cousins was doing some research, and I was curious as to what they were interested in knowing.
  3.  Well, now I will be doing at least one or two photo posts before I head to sleep.  I just do not feel that I accomplished much until I have at least posted a few times on my blog.
  4.  I did get my I-phone today and hope I have the time tomorrow to set it up.
  5.  Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day…Doctor appointments, and lots of phone calls.
  6. One of the highlights of my day was talking to one of my parents and uncle’s good friend in Los Angeles, and his sharing stories about my Uncle, their friends and my parents back in the 1950’s.  He said he knew all the stories.  Our plan is to get together, go out for brunch and record him all day as he tells the stories that I am so eager to hear.

Well this is all for now…See ya all tomorrow.


Root Digger Daily Journal: October 3, 2012

Today I spent most of my time going through old pictures that I had purchased in Antique Stores.  I did minimal research on the photos because at this point it doesn’t make sense for me to have them sitting in file cases and boxes because the photos need some background information.

I usually like to google the photography studios, the photographer and also look up the individuals  that have been identified.  I am very interested in taking a course in identifying old photographs.  I find it difficult to discuss the photo when I am unsure what approximate year it was taken based on the hair styles, the dress attire, the type of furniture, pose and even the type of photograph it is.  If anyone knows where a course is available online, let me know.

My grandson stayed the night with me.  I have been very impressed with how well he has been eating. He used to be a very picky eater.  When he went to bed, he said, “Grandma, you have a lot of books!”  I told him that I want to take him shopping so he can pick out some books, because he needs to read.  It really is true that our children emulate us.  Glad I can be an influence in this way. Maybe he will take to genealogy.  He is always asking about the pictures I have on the wall of his great grandparents.

Well this is all for my short insert for the night.  I am a little tired…and hope that I will have more time to post a few more photos and post Part #3 of Shober Hairston.

Root Digger Daily Journal: Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Today, I had a slow start.  My phone had died, and I had to buy a new one.  I turned in my Blackberry for an I-phone.  I should receive it via UPS soon.

After spending two to three hours on the phone this morning, I went straight to the computer to do some blogging. I posted a blog on Thomas B. Reid, an individual whose photo collection is in my possession.  I am really enjoying looking through his photos and investigating more about the background of them and his family.

I posted on the Hairston Blog about Shober Hairston: Part #2.  I am so pleased that Pat likes the way I am presenting the documents for her.  It is great practice for me and it is very helpful for her.

I also posted the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery pictures I took when I went to Lake Village  Chicot County, Arkansas in April 2012.  Can’t believe it took me so long to post.  I need to post the other photos I took on my visit.

I received my DNA results back from Ancestry. I was somewhat surprised by some of the results and pleased by some of my ancestry.  I have hopes that I will fully understand the results.  There will be an upcoming post regarding my DNA.

I have been thinking about my Birth Mother lately.  I have no online communication with her right now,and I am hoping that we will talk soon.

I did not write today as I had planned.  When I say that, I mean that I needed to write at least an hour on one of the books that needs to be published in the New Year of 2013.  I hope that I will get to that tomorrow.

I almost forgot..I wrote and posted a photo of my Cousin Richard C. Cully, who was the first African American Deputy Fire Chief in New England for Wordless Wednesday. I am amazed that he was an African American First, and then I am also amazed that he also is a product of his ancestry.  I am not sure that he knew but a generation or two before him, his Uncle’s had been dedicated to the Service occupations.

Well this is all for now…See ya all tomorrow.