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Amazing what is online! This website offers research by Leigh Henson, who lived in this small city. He shared not only the town’s ability to adapt to life with the very small number of Black families, but also his own experiences.

Using research of old newspapers, correspondenc and writings, he describes an intimate community of whites who had little exposure to Blacks. There are interviews and emails with classmates who shared how they were exposed to minorities.

In addition, there are photos. Buildings and important intersections which divide the community by class rather than race. And the most fascinating photos of a young woman. In one she is standing close enough to the camera to show only from her waist. Her face is the subject. Behind her, to her right, is a young man in a comic stance. She appears not to be aware of anything but the camera. The man is not identified. Nor is the photographer.

There were early troubles for the citizens. It was a northern town with southern attitudes. There were friendships formed lasting a lifetime. There was the KKK. This website won an award in 2004. I found this to be a wonderful depiction of actual times, actual small town America going about lives in a formative period post Civil War. Blacks describe what they had to do to be safe there and how the church helped them to cope. Good people are identified. The others were not.

Please check this out..

Site a part of the Illinois State Historical Society.


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TIP #1114 WHEN WEB SEARCHING SEEMS TO FAIL (forwarded from my email)

NOTE: I will be making a special post next
Monday, Dec. 22nd and then am taking a break to
enjoy the holidays with some of my family. Merry Christmas to you all!

Have you at times given up because you couldn’t
find information on Ancestry.com or
FamilySearch.com? There are other ways to search
on-line that might yield some good results!

I’m sure many of you have sat in front of the
monitor trying everything you could think of to
find that illusive ancestor. Surely someone,
sometime, somewhere has written something about
good old Great-aunt Josephine Hidingout Jones!
Well, maybe no one has, but don’t give up until you’ve exhausted searches!

Today I’m going to talk about Googling your
ancestor in the hopes that someone there claims
Josephine! As you well know, Google is one of
many search engines available; you likely have
used it many times. (Note: I don’t receive a commission from them!)

Google uses (like others) a web crawler or
spider. Before you creep out over spiders in your
computer, when you enter something for Google to
search, it visits websites page by page, in rapid
speed and checking for what you entered. It is
looking for websites that mention Josephine
Hindingout Jones. As you well know, it will give
you false links; they all do. The first “hits”
found are normally the most relevant but as you
go farther down in the lists of its findings, you
might find “hits” for Josephine, the surname
Hidingout (or the words hiding out) and/or Jones.

We can enter our search terms in several
different ways. For example if we entered
Josephine Hidingout Jones; we could enter it just
as I showed it, or Josephine Hindingout Jones
family, or (name) family Kentucky; or “Josephine
Hidingout Jones” in quotes, or (name) genealogy.
If you’re doing a search for Smith, you’d better
put some qualifiers with it!! Such as
Smith+Nelson County KY; Smith+KY+18th century.
The variations are unlimited almost.

If you enter Jones genealogy Kentucky, Google
automatically puts the word AND in – Jones and genealogy and Kentucky.

If you spell genealogy wrong (and I’ve seen it
spelled various ways), the search engine will try
to figure out what you meant and give you a
suggestion. For example, you typed geneology: You
will receive a message: “Did you mean genealogy”
. Duh, yes! You can click on the correct word
genealogy and it will proceed. There are also
things called wild cards, negative searches, etc.
I won’t deal with them in great detail here but
as a personal example. If I’m doing a search for
Gorin, I don’t want to see Igor Gorin, a famous
singer (no relation), Goren the noted bridge
player or Gorin the Russian spy. I can search for
Gorin not Igor or Gorin not Russia etc.

Let’s try a different approach to Google. There
are two things that you might not have checked –
images and books. I have been surprised many
times on searching on Images. When you go to the
Google home page, in the upper right side you
will see Images. Click on this. Another search
box will appear like the one on the home page.
Enter the name you want – back to good old
Josephine Hidingout Jones and hit return. Photos
will appear, lots of them! Now, not all are our
Josie girl. Again, normally the first ones shown
are your best bet but check them all! These are
photographs from all over the web, taken from
family pages, city/county/state sites, etc.

If you click on the thumbnail picture, you will
be given the option of going to the website that
contains the picture or go to the picture itself.
Go to the website first. Here you can immediately
determine if that’s your Josie or someone else.
If it’s there, check the bottom of the website to
see if it’s under copyright (thus you can’t
publish the photo without permission of the
contact person/owner of the website). The farther
you go down on the page of photos, the more
abstract it becomes and you can get a lot of
false hits. But, scan them just in case!

Now – you might (or might not) find Josie herself
staring at you in an old photograph, but you
might find a page from a Bible record that’s been
submitted; a picture of their house, their tombstone, etc.

In fact, when doing the search for Josie you can
add more to your search engine query. You could
type: (name)+Bible records or (name)+cemetery,
etc. I have found a long sought-after Bible
record on a Google search! Note: the parenthesis
is not part of the search, I’ve used it to keep
from typing her name out every time!)

Next time, I’ll look at using Google for books.

Colonel Sandi Gorin
President, South Central KY Historical & Genealogical Society
Sandi’s website: http://www.gensoup.org/gorin/index.html
Sandi’s puzzlers: http://www.gensoup.org/gorinpuzzles/index.php

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Ancestry (.com) has been bought
I feel the loss, the fear
Of people, who like my ancestors,
Were sold.

Where will my search end?
In whose hands now?
Will they be found,
brought back to the folded page,
or lost again? Forever lost?

I waver in my search
Yet feel such joy
In discovering
A hint, a nugget, a trace
of lives I never knew.
Nor thought to ask.

We each come from a place, a people,
And I hope, love.
That harmony shapes us.

Let us note the common heritage.
The child in us
Needs nourishment
And Peace.

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Louis Curtis Washington, Sr

My Daddy

Family Lore – Looking for Daddy

Marking Father’s Day

My father died when I was 10  years old. He came to visit us at my aunt’s house on my birthday and walked me to school the next morning. As I walked toward the school door, I turned and looked for him.

I have been looking for him ever since. My first memory is of my father holding me as he cried. My mother had just died and I was 2 plus years old.

Memories are one thing


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If you go to the website of the History Magazine, you can read about the discovery at Harvard University. An archealogy dig found a portion of the wall thought to have been part of the Indian College  at Harvard.

More details are at the following link:



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The image of American female Buffalo Soldier C...
The week for Women was changed to one month in 1987. Fold3 is recognising women’s contributions in the U.S. military. In its email, March 1, Cathay Williams is mentioned and a link provided.
Cathay was  born into slavery.  She became ‘contraband’ when the Union army occupied her area. Her biography states that she was first demanded to cook for the soldiers. Her protests failed to change her assignment, but her bad cooking did. She was assigned as a laundress.
Laundresses from early wars provided their own equipment, received a small stipend and travelled wherever the soldiers went. Thus, she became familiar with the military life and travel.

"Cathay" by B. W. Harwell

After the war, she became restless for a new experience. Taking the name William Cathay, she enlisted in the recently formed Black unit named The Buffalo soldiers. Her service was during the Indian War out West where these Black soldiers received acclaim for bravery.

She lived many years after she left the military. While she could prove that she served in disguise, she never was able to get a pension. Deborah Sampson fought in the Revolutionary War as a man and received a pension after being recommended by Paul Revere. At her death, her husband was the first male to receive a pension based on his wife’s service.


Cathay Williams, From Slave to Buffalo Soldier, by Phillip Thomas Tucker

See her signature on pension form, fold3


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Image via Wikipedia

Paying slight attention to the speeches, something seemed wrong. Did Santorum say that ‘men and women‘ signed the Declaration of Independence?History and facts are no longer relevant. Tell a child to study hard, learn about our history (more…)

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