Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saturday Night Fun Genea Santa 2013

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. Here's your chance to sit on Genea-Santa's lap (virtually) and tell him your Christmas genealogy-oriented wish list:

1) Write your Genea-Santa letter. Have you been a good genealogy girl or boy? What genealogy-oriented items are on your Christmas wish list? They could be family history items, technology items, or things that you want to pursue your ancestral quest.

1)  Yes I think I have been a good boy, I continue to do the research requests for Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, mostly obits now days, but an occasional trip to the courthouse to look up, divorces, probates, etc. I got to see the now empty auditors archives in the county courthouse, as the last paper records were on their way to the state archives. Hard to believe how much time I spent in that archive over the last ten years. The auditor asked me to keep my eyes open for anything pertaining to the history of the Spokane County Courthouse, so when I found an article in the Spokesman Review about a murder on the second floor of the courthouse, in front of a Spokesman Review reporter and a couple of other witnesses in the Spokesman Review I took it to the auditor and she was thrilled at what I had found. She had heard of the murder, but I both had a description of the murder, and the reason the lawyer was shot and killed, a probate filing, and an inference that the other lawyer was intimate with the widow before the husband had died.
I continue to write the genealogy column for the Clan Forsyth newsletter, and an occasional article for the EWGS Digital Digest.
I think I asked Genea-Santa for the parents of John Jackie Vanderpool last year, so this year I will ask Genea-Santa for the parents of Thomas D. Kelly, born in Kentucky in 1827 and hope he does better than last years complete failure to find John  Jackie's parents.

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