Hello I'm new to this group but not to Genealogy been at it since 1989 I
Always wondered about my Bio. Dad. I knew who he was, his name, his Mother
His Father had passed before I came along. All I knew at age 3 is that he's gone.
Last time I saw him. He was in a very nice box made into a bed. There were lots of people around and Mom was crying so we're lots of others. Mom held me up to tell him goodbye I tried to wake him up but he wouldn't he felt cold I kissed his face. Then a man talked to he people. Then we prayed I knew how to because Mom and Dad had taken me to church a lot. Then a group of men came wearing uniforms. They took the flag off his box and folded it in a weird way they made it into a triangle then gave it to Mom. She cried a lots more. So did my Dads Mom. I couldn't understand what's Dead mean any way when your 3years old. Daddy was only sleeping. He'd wake up later and come home. Then some other men came and and they were in uniform too. Only they had guns. They started shooting them, I was scared then I crawled into Moms lap crying. At some point another man played a funny song on a bugle. Then people moved flowers out of the way and they put Daddy's box in the hole. Then we had to move out of the way so we set in Grandpaddies car. Lots of people left. When we went back the hole was gone and flowers were every where. This all seemed like a funny game to me, but where did Daddy go. I bet he's gone to work. Everyone else my Aunts, Unclels older cousins and my Dads Mom had left.. We stayed a long time. Mom just set in the dirt beside the flowers and cried and pulled her hair. Her Mom and Dad had to make Mom leave. We went to their house. We stayed there for Days. Mom cried and stayed in bed. Grandma and Grandpa took care of us. I watched and waited for Daddy to come and get us and take us home. He never came home again!
NOW FOR GENEALOGY
I was given a Genealogy as an adult, Married for the 2nd time with 4 children.
We were at a reunion on my husbands side and one of his cousins wife had worked it for her husband. She told me how she did it, and I went home with the worksheet she gave me and decided a few days later to do one on my Daddy. I started with my Mom. She gave me a lot of information to jump start my journey. Next I found a Genealogy library and the ladies there were great.
They gave me a list of sources to use. Showed me THE U.S. CENSUSES. They gave me census sheets for each year of the census. A small 3 generation genealogical sheet and showed me what to do, using information Mom had given me.
MY LINES JUST THE BASICS
This is my parents and me.
I was born Dolores Gail COTHRAN I married a COOK then divorced while pregnant and remarried before the baby came by 3 days (lots more info if anyone cares to know, just ask) Then I became a MOORE.
I work on 42 Lines at last count and have books, Genealogies, The Red Bible for genealogiest.
My Research is a work in progress and I'm totally unorganized I have Documents but not organized completely, working on that.
Until I was friended on "Roots Web" way back when. EVERYONE had failed to tell me to Attach or even put in location of source so that's a major one. They are in boxes and files.
I'm working on it.
This is just my introduction to say hi glad I found you