I am bleary eyed as I type this morning. I sat staring at the computer screen for four hours last night sifting through 1940 census data just so I could find the screen capture that had my parents’ or my in-laws’ names. I called my mom and dad last week to see if they could give me a general idea of where they were at the time so that I could narrow my search and laughed at the difference between them as they relayed their information.
My mom came back with something along the lines of “We lived in Wichita Falls on 4th Street. The house was white with black shutters and we had a pot of red geraniums that sat to the right of the front door. Our neighbors were named Smith and they had four kids named George, Fred, Opal, and Edna and a black dog named Sally who had a litter of puppies in 1942.”
My dad? “I dunno. We lived somewhere in Texas.”
I may be *slightly* exaggerating for dramatic effect.
I love you, Daddy.
Looking through 100+ pages of Montague County census data revealed nothing so I switched to Craig’s side of the family and because they lived in a small, rural community (and he had boatloads of family history to work with), I was able to quickly find his dad’s record and I’m hoping later today to find his mom’s.
Because I clearly have time to do all of this and don’t at all want to do the laundry that’s piling up around our ears.
Other than staring at the computer, we did a little traveling as well over the weekend. We left Thursday evening to go to the mountains and spend a few days with Craig’s parents. My mother-in-law cooked an Easter dinner of ham, smoked turkey, fried okra, squash, yeast rolls, and Jello salad and not only was it fantastic and beautiful and delicious, it got me out of cooking it myself. There was something for all of us while we were there. The kids went swimming at the rec center, the menfolk spent time watching the Masters and the womenfolk went shopping for Easter clothes and candy for the boys and managed to sneak in a girl’s lunch at a sandwich shop in town.
The traveling isn’t over just yet – I’m headed out later on this week to cross another state off the list. We’ve never been to Ohio so we’re headed that way to do some exploring but not before making a stop in Pittsburgh to see the Carnegie Museums and have lunch at Primanti Brothers. Then I think we’re going to Columbus to visit the Zoo and I need to spend a little time on Google this afternoon to see what else might be fun to visit. If anyone has been to Ohio and knows what might be fun to visit, I’d love to hear recommendations.
Yes, Lucy, I’m talking to you.
Gotta’ run – work and census data awaits. I hope your Easter was blessed.
Have a nice day.