“When the legend becomes fact…print the legend”

“When the legend becomes fact…print the legend”: The tragic death of Johann Conrad “JC” Muehleisen By Jacqueline L. Starkey My feisty, opinionated grandmother detested her middle name.  That name was Melcena, given to her in honor of her grandmother, Melcena Millison.  As a child, I was fascinated by this name that appeared to be handed... Continue Reading →

177 Years and Looking Forward 

By Savannah Jane Johns Above Left: The second church building; Above right: the present church building In 1841, on the highest point of Greene County, Arkansas, James Monroe Hyde began preaching barefooted and in overalls. That was the beginning of Pine Knott Church of Christ. That was 177 years ago and Pine Knott is still... Continue Reading →

Preparing for Death

By Linda Schreiber [Featured Image: My Great-Grandparents, Silas Alexander Hoover and Martha Ellen Carrick, with their family.] A farming family in southern Missouri, they made the decision to move to Guthrie, Oklahoma, in 1903. It was then a booming town, capital of Oklahoma Territory. Silas started a livery stable in town, and they had a... Continue Reading →

Fearful Double Tragedy

By Heather Turner This story is about my great-great-aunt, Eva Patton (Nutter) and Richard Orville Patton in drunk jealous rage Richard shot his wife to death on their youngest son Earl's second birthday, December 11, 1914, and then committed suicide Eva was carrying their third child expected to be born in the spring  the  pictures are of... Continue Reading →

A Family Letter

By Nancy Crawford This is a transcription of a letter written by Joseph Gallitin Yarbro (1829-1918) to one of his granddaughters. I’m related to him in several different ways due to intermarriage. Most directly, he would be my 3rd great uncle by marriage, he’s also my first cousin four times removed and my first cousin... Continue Reading →

Genealogy Humor

By Julianne Adamik Genealogy humor…a true story! While visiting my brother and his family recently the topic of conversation turned to genealogy. No surprise since it seems to slip into every conversation I have these days. Yes, I admit it. I’m a genealogy addict. My brother’s two granddaughters (ages 9 and 7) were intently listening... Continue Reading →

A Call To Action

An inspirational speech brought to you by Linda Schreiber of GenealogyRambles: Well, it's time.... I need to open the door on all my old memories, and actually start writing my own story for my descendants. Scary prospect.... I can't just put in the bare facts and the pretty, pleasant things. I need to boil down,... Continue Reading →

Two Postcards

By Mary Schultz No one sends postcards these days. Electronic devices are so easy to use to stay in touch. Photos, messages and information can be sent in seconds. Could a postcard or letter that takes forever to arrive mean anything? This is a story about two postcards, decades apart, that brought family together. The... Continue Reading →

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