Janice Williams Loves Austin And sometimes I write about it.

May 18, 2011


Filed under: Cemeteries,Family,Genealogy — Janice @ 11:09 pm

I really hate being stymied in my writing. I want to write in my blog. I want to be read and commented on. And I have plenty of stuff to write about. So why do I wait until midnight to open up the program to write?

I am better. I just reread about being sick and there has been a definite improvement over the last 3 weeks and my appetite is back in full force, that’s for sure.

I still want to write about Decoration Day and put pictures of cemeteries. Now I can also add to the list my nephew’s graduation from Baylor University on Saturday. What a proud day that was for us all! And I need to write about the awesome dinner we had at our book club on Monday night.

Another time sucker I’ve gotten myself involved in: ¬†Ancestry.com. I have finally fallen victim to their advertisements and their many many endorsements from friends and relatives that use it. So I signed up for their 14-day free trial and fully expect I’ll be roped in for at least a year. And yes, I’ve found things in the last 24 hours that I didn’t know to look for, really. The WWI registration for my Papa Hallford and great-grandpa Couch. The grave of my Puckett ancestor that died in the Civil War… ¬†He’s buried with a beautiful stone by a Civil War Confederate Memorial and the works. I had no idea.

The thing I am not so keen on on ancestry is how easy it is. I know that sounds funny. And I don’t want genealogy to be hard, I really don’t. But I do think there is something to be said for at least copying-and-pasting the information to your own software program or writing it in your own notebooks. Ancestry makes it easy to go, “Hmmm, that census must be my ancestor,” click, and you’ve easily entered him and his entire family into your tree without having to even consider the names of the children or their ages and how long the couple was married, etc. I guess that’s fine for some, but I do like to ponder and dwell on these ancestors a little more.

I was looking at the census with this Puckett Civil War soldier in the years before the Civil War. He was a farmer, of course, but his wife had “sewing” listed as her occupation. I had never seen that on a census before (“housekeeping” is most common). I thought that was cool until I saw that just about every woman in that neighborhood had sewing listed as their occupation. There were a couple of “spinning” occupations, too, though.

I don’t really remember filling out the details on the census last year, but I assume I put down my occupation. I wonder if someone will look at it in 150 years and wonder what in the world a “music designer” is? I still haven’t quite figured it out myself.


  1. I love hearing about all you find on our family tree and know you only post the true facts.

    Comment by Pat — May 20, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

  2. *I* smell a census taker’s bias here . . . it’s just not very likely that you’d fall over an entire district of seamstresses. And that’s part of the trouble with Ancestry. Unless you’ve done enough work elsewhere to know when to question what you’re being told, it’s far too easy to end up with a bunch of wild-eyed tales that don’t even come close to reality.

    Comment by Marchbanks — May 21, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

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