Saturday, December 31, 2016

December Picture Post-A-Thon: One Mathalon and Two Concerts

My son joined his school's math club this year and competed in the BAE Systems Mathalon. Math clubs from area schools gathered and competed against each other. My son's team didn't win but it was a great experience for him. All those who competed received a participation certificate.

December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


The next pictures are from my kids holiday concerts. Both play viola while my daughter sings in chorus as well. They both did a beautiful job!


December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

If you missed my other December Picture Post-A-Thon posts here are the links:  

December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016

December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues: Fall 2016 Apple Picking


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues: Fall 2016 Apple Picking

Back on December 9th, I featured a post called December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016. I had a grand plan to follow up every day after that with a blog post of pictures that I forgot to share from 2016. Well, things got kind of busy this way and yada-yada-yada...here we are at December 27th with my first follow up to that post. Anyway, I hope everyone who celebrated Christmas had a wonderful holiday. Here are some pictures from the Fall, when we visited Russell Farms in Brackney, PA.

December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Christmas 2016

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!
Enjoy your family. Enjoy your friends.
Make lots of special memories. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Dear Genea Santa, What I'd Like Most For Christmas...

Dear Genea Santa, What I'd Like Most For Christmas... --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


If you are not familiar with the Genealogy Blog Party, be sure to stop over to host Elizabeth O'Neal's blog Little Bytes of Life to learn more.

For the December Genealogy Blog Party, the theme is to share your Christmas wish list. What will you ask Genea-Santa for this year?

Dear Genea Santa,

What I'd Like Most For Christmas would be able to break down a brick wall regarding one of my Sampson County, NC ancestors. Specifically, I'd like to figure out who were the parents of my paternal 2nd great grandmother Tina Jane Murphy Kerr?

Do I have any theories, ideas or notions? Sure I do. What I'm working on now is ...Proof!

I should however share with you a little bit of what I know thus far regarding Tina.

In my post, Great Grandma's Name Was Ella. After That It Gets Complicated, I shared that I finally had discovered the name of my 2nd great grandmother despite not having much information regarding the life of her daughter Ellen "Ella" Kerr.



Dear Genea Santa, What I'd Like Most For Christmas... --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Image courtesy of New York City Department of Records/Municipal Archives.
Marriage certificate for William Dixon and Ella Smith
Red arrow is pointing at "Mother's Maiden Name: "Tina Murphy"

Dear Genea Santa, What I'd Like Most For Christmas... --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
My connection to Tina Jane Murphy Kerr


Tina Jane Murphy was born around 1852 in either Sampson County or New Hanover County, NC. She may have gone by the surname Henry as a result of a marriage or perhaps it was the name her family went by after the end of the Civil War.


Check out this page from the 1870 Federal Census and you'll see what I'm talking about. 


Dear Genea Santa, What I'd Like Most For Christmas... --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Information:  Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
 Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. 

At the top of the page, you'll find my 2nd great grandfather Henry Kerr and his family while at the bottom I have an arrow next to the name "Tenor Henry." This Tenor Henry was the correct age to possibly be my 2nd great grandmother Tina Jane Murphy. 

By 1880 Tina and Henry were married and had started a family. The couple had 5 children. Their names were Henry, Murchison, Ellen/Ella, Ida and Emma.  The couple resided in Franklin Township, Sampson County, NC. Henry Kerr passed away in 1909. The last year I could find Tina Murphy Kerr listed on a census was 1920.  She was residing with her son Murchison and his wife Everlenear "Evelyn" at the time. Tina is referred to as "Tenna" here.


Source InformationAncestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
 Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. 

 I have yet to discover a death certificate for my 2nd great grandmother, so the names of Tina Jane Murphy Kerr's parents continue to elude me.  Recently, I noticed among my DNA cousins listed on Ancestry.com that a few had connections to Murphys in Sampson County, NC. Perhaps I may be able to figure some things out after all. Time to put those detective skills to work.



Saturday, December 10, 2016

Something About Me Saturday: Making Candy Sushi With My Daughter

That's candy sushi folks. That's right. Candy sushi. Just another reason why I haven't been posting as often this year. I'm trying my darnedest these days to live a balanced life.  Balanced means living presently and spending quality time with the family. Quality time includes learning how to make candy sushi because my daughter really wants to make candy sushi with me. So we cued up this video by iHasCupquake on YouTube one September weekend and learned how to make candy sushi. 



Here's two pictures of my daughter's delicious creations. Okay, well I'm responsible for a couple of them but the majority were definitely her doing.


Something About Me Saturday:  Making Candy Sushi With My Daughter --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Something About Me Saturday:  Making Candy Sushi With My Daughter --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




Friday, December 9, 2016

December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016

You know what I recently realized? There's a whole bunch of pictures from this year on my phone that I haven't shared yet. I mean there's our family trip to Vegas from August that I completely forgot to post. So here's a little Vegas in December. Looking at these pictures now helps warm me up a bit from the 30 degree temperature outside my window. 


December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey










December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




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