Friday, March 30, 2012

See What You Can Win if You Become a 1940 U.S.Census Blog Ambassador!

See What You Can Win if You Become a 1940 U.S.Census Blog Ambassador!

I'm a 1940 U.S. Census Blog Ambassador and I love it! I don't blog for the prizes(which are nice too). I blog to make people aware that on April 2nd the 1940 U.S. Census Index will be released to the public.

Come back on April 2nd to learn more about the 1940 U.S. Census and how you can become an idexer or blog ambassador. It's fun! And by the way, you can win great prizes like me!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Find Your Family in the 1940 Census [INFOGRAPHIC]

Are you ready for the 1940 Census? has partnered with the U.S. National Archives to bring the 1940 census online, available for the first time beginning April 2nd!

To help you and other genealogists prepare,  JUST published a super-helpful infographic for anyone interested in the 1940 census.

The 1940 Census is almost here! Are you ready? has prepared this infographic to show some of the cool things you can discover about your family in the 1940 Census. It also shows the steps you'll take to find them when the Census is released on April 2. is proud to have been selected by the National Archives to host the 1940 Census. Starting April 2, go to and find your family.

1940 census

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Greatest Generation: Saluting the Women of World War II

Who were the women of World War II? The were daughters, sisters, wives and mothers. They were one of the greatest generation of the 1940's.

These women wanted to do their part during the war. These brave women didn't just want to work in factories, they wanted to serve their country.

These women weren't celebrities or famous. They were just ordinary women who wanted to make a difference.

To learn more about the greatest generation of women from the 1940's check out Women of World War II-a pictorial tribute to those who served and American Women in World War II.

Do you know a woman who served her county during WWII? Want to know where she lived in 1940?

In 10 days the 1940 US Census records will be released. Websites have been gearing up for the release. The 1940 U.S. Federal Census is the largest, most comprehensive, and most recent record set available that records the names of those who were living in the United States at the time the census was taken.  This census will tell us a lot about our grandparents and parents. To learn more check out the 1940 census. You can become a 1940 Census Ambassador or Help Create a 1940 US Census Index. Join now and make a difference.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Get Ready to Index 1940 U.S. Census and Win an Amazon Gift Card

My daddy Claude Gray Jr. circa. 1943 age 16 or 17
My mother Margaret Ann Patterson circa. 1947 age 16

My husbands mother Ernestine Irene Liles circa.1940 age 5

1940 is calling and your ancestor's are waiting to be discovered. Where did your grandfather or grandmother live in 1940? Were you born in 1940? What about your parent's? Discover where they were by indexing the 1940 U.S. Census. Do your part and you could win a $100 or $50 Amazon gift card.
Gear Up To Index Game (March 19-30)
To qualify for this week’s drawing, you must download the indexing software.
Complete a 1940 U.S. Census simulation batch before 11:59pm MT March 30, 2012.
To complete a practice batch, launch the indexing application from your desktop and log in. Click “Download Batch” and look for *SIMULATION* 1940 U.S. Census.3. To enter the 1940 main blog indexing practice contest click here to enter.

I'm a 1940 Blog Ambassador as well as a 1940 U.S. Census indexer. Why don't you join the project and sign up to become an indexer? Help others find their ancestors.

To learn more click on 1940 Census Project.

Disclosure: “As part of the ambassador program this blog post enters me into a drawing for an Amazon Kindle Fire”

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Savor the Memories

Today is not only St. Patrick's Day but my grandson's 8th birthday. I can't believe how time has flown by. It seems like only yesterday he came into my life and I became a grandmother for the first time. I look back on the day he was born and although his birth was a happy occasion, it was also marred with anguish. My daughter had been in an abusive relationship when she found out she was pregnant and had the good sense to come back home before my grandson was born. Her pregnancy was fraught with tension and turmoil. It's a true miracle and blessing they survived.

I knew in my heart he was a gift from God and he would be born on St. Patrick's Day. When he came into this world he was sick and had to be placed in NICU for a week. We didn't get a chance to really bond with him. For a week my heart ached to hold my precious grand baby. I had an empty void in my soul.

We finally brought him home and for the next few years went through a lot but we managed with lots of love, hope and prayer.

Even though the memories are painful I still savor everyone of them. Without those memories my grandson wouldn't be here today. He is a special gift from God and I savor everyday, every minute and every memory we make together.

Memories can be happy, sad, joyous or painful, but savor them. Memories are who we are. They are what makes us stronger.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Transporting Back to the 1940"s

Transit ad, circa 1940s. Image courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives.

Come join me as I go for a ride back to the 1940's.

I wasn't born until 1960, but my biological mother was born in 1940, my adoptive parents grew up in the 40's. All of them were from the South and poor. When I came across the ad above I though about my parent's and wondered what their reaction would have been to such a contraption.

Could you imagine being poor and something like coming down your dirt road? I know I couldn't fathom what it would have been like to grow up in the 40's poor and never have such a luxury. I can see the look on my teen-age father's face. He'd be raring to get into the drivers seat and race down the road to get away from his existence. He actually did. My dad lied about his age to enlist in the Navy at 16. I'm sure he thought of the many adventures(My dad didn't see combat like so many other's. He served his tour of duty in Alaska.) he'd have instead of war when he left home. My adoptive mom probably would have joined him just for the thrill(she was a thrill seeker) of something shiny and new.

That was another era. An era of newness and biggest. A time and place many of us can't imagine. My parent's were there. They lived what is now considered a decade of dreams. They didn't get to ride in new contraptions, all they could do was dream about their futures.

"Beam me up Scotty."

Want to know more about the 1940's? Check out 1940 Census Project website and while you're there why not join the project and sign up to become an indexer.
“As part of the ambassador program this blog post enters me into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.”

Saturday, March 3, 2012

March is Women's History Month:Famous Women of the 1940"s

I am a 1940 Ambassador and I help spread the word about  1940 US Census Community Project. .
Today I am blogging about Women's History Month and famous women of the 1940's.

1942:  The Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) are established. Congress authorizes women to serve in the U.S. Navy.

1943: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is founded.

1946:  The United Nations is established; Eleanor Roosevelt is appointed as a U.S. delegate.

1948: High jumper Alice Coachman becomes the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

1949:  Mildred “Babe” Didrikson and other women create the Ladies Professional Golf Tour.

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, founded during World War II, showcases talented players from around the country.

Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald begins her solo career in the early 1940s and becomes one of America’s leading jazz singers.

Known as “Rosie the Riveter,” this popular figure is part of a government campaign to bring women into the workplace during the war.

The Andrews Sisters are a popular singing group of the 1940s, with wartime hits such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics
Pictures: Corbis | Library of Congress | Associated Press (2) |

Friday, March 2, 2012

Review: Sherman The Ruthless Victor (The Generals Series)

I review for BookSneeze®

I'm a huge American History buff and when I had an opportunity to review Sherman: The Ruthless Victor by Agostino von Hassell &Ed Breslin I was elated. I wasn't sure how I could actually read the book without prejudice because I am a Southern Girl, but I found it very enlightening and engaging.

Book Description

A compelling and rounded portrait of the man who set the stage for “total warfare,” Major General William Tecumseh Sherman.

General Sherman has come to be regarded as one of the most influential military strategists and tacticians. His campaigns in the South during the Civil War set the precedent for 20th century warfare. Sherman set the stage for “total warfare,” and for this he is considered the ultimate Yankee. In the American South, even to this day he is reviled for it. He was the self-fulfilling proponent of his apt observation that “war is hell.”

Psychologically complex, intellectually brilliant, militarily inventive, Sherman was hounded by depression and plagued by an inherited tendency to nervous collapse. Nevertheless, he compelled extraordinary loyalty from his troops. Sherman will explore these and many other aspects of his life and military career.

Sherman... when most of us think about W. T. Sherman we think about Civil War Hell, but the author's take us down a road we've never been on.  Sherman was ruthless, no doubt, but an important part of Civil War history. The book delves into his life and we learn more about the man not just the General. The pictures take us through his life providing great insight to William Tecumsah Sherman. 

Sherman: The Ruthless Victor is a title befitting the man. He was ruthless, but cunning. He was force to be reckoned with during the Civil War. He was a great enemy to the South. Sherman was much more than that. He was a leader, who not withstanding had courage to fight for what he believed in.

I give the book 5 stars. If you're a history buff, like me then this book is a must read. If you're from the South, like me then this book is a must have.

Disclaimer: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookSneeze®.

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