Archive for August, 2012

Kinship: It’s All Relative

August 30th, 2012

By:  Carolyn L. Barkley As a young child, I was often confused about my relatives. My grandmother (my mother’s mother) died long before I was born; my great-grandmother lived with my grandfather. Because I called her “Grandma” (and they both seemed very old in my young mind), I was startled one day to discover that […]

What If He Wasn’t a Volunteer? Some Sources for Regular Army Research

August 24th, 2012

by: Carolyn L. Barkley Military records provide interesting details about the life of an ancestor. Don’t stop your search too soon, however, if you failed to locate a specific ancestor in the consolidated service records for volunteer soldiers. He, like Mash’s Sherman Potter, may have been “regular army.” Research into regular army records is not […]

Beyond Amo, Amas, Amat: Latin for Genealogists

August 16th, 2012

by Carolyn L. Barkley I attended junior and senior high school in the 1960s, a decade in which Latin was an accepted part of the curriculum. (Is it even offered any more?) I took Latin for three years and can still remember selected sentences of Julius Caesar – selected because my rather predictable teacher went […]

Remember the Memoirs

August 9th, 2012

by Carolyn L. Barkley  We are the keepers of stories. My musings last week about music, specifically sheet music and its role in our family histories, crystallized my awareness that I am now the eldest person in my family who can remember stories of our past. My mother’s memory is fragile at best, and my […]

Contemplations on Music and Family

August 2nd, 2012

By: Carolyn L. Barkley My recent fourteen-day road trip across country and back gave me plenty of time to muse about a variety of matters and how they may have affected our lives and those of our families. Time and again, my mind pondered the role of music in my family and the continuity it […]