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Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2015-10-31 03:33 pm
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Photographs and memories...

Burris clan in Russellville, Pope Co., AR, circa 1920/1921

There's a wall of photographs over my bed. I call it my dead relatives gallery, and I'm not really joking, although some of my family and friends laugh nervously when I say it.

I'm using this journal to share information I have acquired over the past several years for surnames in my family tree. The journal is "tag intensive" to make it easier to locate information and photos about specific surnames. (Tags list is in the left sidebar of the journal.)

They say you can choose your friends, but not your family. Personally, I find my family fascinating, and even more so the older I get. Sure, we have our share of archetypes - shrill, bossy women...strong "silent type" men...and the requisite number of "crazies." But hey, this is the deep South, and as Julia Sugarbaker said in Designing Women:

"...we're proud of our crazy people. We don't hide them up in the attic. We bring 'em right down to the living room and show 'em off. one in the South ever asks if you have crazy people in your family. They just ask what side they're on." Like Julia, mine are on both sides.

Primary surnames researched include Ashmore, Balding, Burris, Callaway, Chapin, Darter, Duvall, Grooms, Harkey, Hayslip, Herrington, Hill, Holder, McBrayer, Meek, Parrish, Pettit, Shinn, Wharton, Williams.

All comments are welcome, including anonymous comments. You do not have to be a Dreamwidth member to comment, and may use Open ID, i.e., Google, WordPress, etc., to comment.

ETA: Most of the photos you will find in this journal were taken over 100 years ago. Regardless of their age, these photos were falling out of albums, or lying loose among family papers and I have scanned them to preserve them for posterity. Photos of gravestones appearing in this journal were taken by me.

I said all that to say this - if any of these photos are of your family members, just right click and save them to your computer. No one associated with this journal is going to chase you down to try and prosecute you for copyright infringement, as long as you don't claim you took the photo.

The written content of this journal is copyrighted. Don't use it without my written permission.

Email me at sharpchick13 at hotmail dot com.

(Anonymous) 2011-11-19 06:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Mom's email returned? Is your email on this site still valid? She probably won't be back on for a day or two though. Would LOVE to know more about the McCauley's if you ever run across anything.

(Anonymous) 2011-11-19 06:54 pm (UTC)(link)
You have done some tremendous work on all of your research and it is greatly appreciated! Finding out things I didn't know about the Burris family. According to what I have so far, Patrick McCauley's stone simply says died in 1895 at 58 years old. Ida May's mother, Mary Thoss is in the Mausolem at Elmwood. She married a couple of times after Patricks death. His daughter Ida May I believe was only 8 years old when Patrick died. I'll shoot you an email so you will have mine.