Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wordy Wednesday - A Name But Still No Clue


What do you do when you have a name but still have no clue who the person is?

Per the inherited photo album from my Aunt Martha, the man pictured above is William Gaynor and he's one of our cousins.

During my research I've never come across any Gaynors, so I have no clue how he fits in. I'm not even sure where he was born and raised, and I definitely have no clue who his parents were.

Aunt Martha also had pictures of some of Mr. Gaynor's descendants and per conversations with and letters from Aunt Martha during her lifetime, some of the Gaynors settled somewhere in Texas. Yes, when I was a beginning genealogist, I made the cardinal mistake of not being interested in the collateral lines and it's always coming back to haunt me.

Aunt Martha always wanted to know how and where the Gaynors fit it. Perhaps one of these days I can unearth the answer to that question.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - DigitalNC and College Yearbooks

If you have ancestral roots in NC, be sure to check out DigitalNC. Many of the colleges and universities in the Old North State have posted their yearbooks on "DigitalNC: North Carolina's Digital Heritage." The years covered are 1890 - Present. Of course, not all the schools' yearbooks go back that far and not all years are posted within a given schools set of yearbooks, and sometimes folks just didn't take pictures. But, if your ancestor's decided to have their picture included in the yearsbook, it is invaluable in  finding out  what ancestors and family members looked like in their younger days. It's also a terrific way to see how styles and fashions have changed over the years.

Among the postings for the The Ram, Winston-Salem State Teachers College / University's Yearbook, I found my two aunts.




Winston Salem State Teacher's College
Class of 1946
Martha Jones "Sister"
Band
URL(s) = http://library.digitalnc.org/cdm4/bookreader.php?CISOROOT=/yearbooks&CISOPTR=3273#page/n0/mode/2up
and
http://library.digitalnc.org/cdm4/bookreader.php?CISOROOT=/yearbooks&CISOPTR=3273#page/22/mode/1up

and from the Class of 1950





Winston Salem State Teacher's College
Emmanuline Jones
URL(s) = http://library.digitalnc.org/cdm4/bookreader.php?CISOROOT=/yearbooks&CISOPTR=3278#page/n0/mode/1up
and
http://library.digitalnc.org/cdm4/bookreader.php?CISOROOT=/yearbooks&CISOPTR=3278#page/13/mode/1up

In some of the more recent yearbooks, I was able to see some pictures of my cousins from back in the day.

And if any relatives or friends get any bright ideas about trying to find me among yearbook listings on DigitalNC, I am one of those wonderful people that never took a picture.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - Tours Planned

An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.


I am continuing to work on transcribing the many newspaper clippings contained in an old scrapbook that I inherited from my Aunt Martha after she passed. 
Many of these old clippings contain references to my paternal grandfather, Rev. H. C. Jones, during his time as Director of the Negro Home and Welfare Association in Winston-Salem, NC.


People and Events
Tours Planned


Rev. H. C. Jones, director of the Negro Home and Welfare Association, requests that all club members interested in attending the tours and the lectures on home decorating, which will be sponsored by the association with the co-operation of Morris Early and Company, Inc., please contact their respective club presidents at their earliest convenient time so that schedules for the tours may be made accordingly.



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Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them. A fuller explanation can be found here.



Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at TransylvanianDutch.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - Garden Prize to Be Awarded


An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.


I am continuing to work on transcribing the many newspaper clippings contained in an old scrapbook that I inherited from my Aunt Martha after she passed. Many of these old clippings contain references to my paternal grandfather, Rev. H. C. Jones.


Association Will Award Garden Prize

Among the project now under way by the Negro Home and Welfare Association are the Fall vegetable gardens, in which the Garden Club Council of the city will award a prize to the club reporting the largest number of Fall and Winter gardens planted by the October Council meeting.

As an aid to the gardeners, Rev. H. C. Jones, director of the Associations states that some of the vegetables which may be planted now are: carrots, Early Jersey and Charleston Wakesfield cabbage, chard, corn, salad, cress, dandelion, endive, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, martynia, mustard, onion seeds and sets, parsley, radish, sorrel, spinach, turnip greens, horseradish, rhubarb and Florence fenel.

Rev. Jones also said that one of the most important of the project now under way is the effort to build up rural community centers. This need for the centers has arisen due to the consolidation of many of the rural schools which were formerly the meeting places for social and community affairs.

Upon the request of the Youth Welfare Movement, clubs are asked to furnish fellowship friends for delinquent youths who will attempt to give moral, spiritual and vocational guidance. Several of these clubs have already been organized in churches under the leadership of Odell Spease, director of recreation of the Youth Welfare Movement. Assisting Mr. Spease are Thurmond Greenwood, William J. Johnson and H. W. Sinclair.


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Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them. A fuller explanation can be found here.


Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at TransylvanianDutch.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Amanuensis Monday


An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.


I am continuing to work on transcribing the many newspaper clippings contained in an old scrapbook that I inherited from my Aunt Martha after she passed. Many of these old clippings contain references to my paternal grandfather, Rev. H. C. Jones.

 

Hear Rev. H. C. Jones Easter Sunday

There will be a special Easter Service at Bright Hopewell Baptist Church Easter Sunday Morning.

At eleven o'clock, Rev. H. C. Jones, Pastor, will preach from the subject "The Clarion of the Risen Christ." The Choirs of Bright Hopewell Church and Laurinburg Institute will render special Easter Music.

The public is cordially invited to attend the services. Every member is asked to be present and bring one friend with you.

Deacons
Frank Patterson
D. D. McPhatter
A. M. Barry
Henry Mateerson
E. M. McDuffie
John Bethea

Rev. L. L. King, Church Clerk
Rev. H. C. Jones, Pastor

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Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them. A fuller explanation can be found here.


Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at TransylvanianDutch.