Friday, November 21, 2014

Toothbrush Inventory and Replacement--Came upon one from New Otani 1989

In the package a good little brush. Moment of hesitation before I discarded the little tube of toothpaste. Depression Okies are frugal.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

George Whitfield Sparks--John B. E. Glenn's Third Cousin

George Whitfield Sparks and his wife, Emmazetta Howell Sparks in 1884.
John B. E. Glenn, Mexican War soldier, 6' 5" tall, was his cousin. I think GWS is my 3rd cousin 4 times removed. Earliest picture of a Sparks I have seen, courtesy of a descendant of GWS. Forceful beard. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Left the American Revolution and spent the day with Ancestry.com DNA

Question: When you care enough about your ancestry to take the DNA test why do you make the results private? Ancestry.com puts a padlock on the secret ones and puts a leaf up when one of them shares common ancestors with me. Now, how frustrating is it to have both a padlock and a leaf announcing that someone shares the same pair of ancestors but (listen to them), "Nahaay Nahaay you are an Okie cousin and aren't fit to see what we have and GGGGG Grandma liked us better!" Locked out again. Went to the back door and all but it was locked too. Hurts my feelings, it does.

It does defeat the purpose, doesn't it?

Now, interesting point. When one of my Pruitt cousins goes back 8 generations it says something about my research and his research as well as the fidelity of long dead folks. Sometimes when you knew, for instance, without hard documentary proof, that a Cochran ancestress was a Cockerham, it's good to see someone else's DNA going a generation or two earlier than her, safely into Cockerham land. It may solve some problems just incidentally. When there are shared ancestors but also another familiar name, Bandy, for example, I may someday find out if the Ann Rogers/Rodgers who had charge of a young Bandy boy and took him from Tennessee to Arkansas and raised him there was herself a Bandy, caring for a little brother. Least knowledge of all: about the Parkers.