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Anna Maria Island Vacation 2017 --Part Two

Oh how quickly a vacation goes by. Sigh. I'm feeling very thankful though for this time I had with my family. Here are some more pictures from the week.

Anna Maria Island Vacation 2017 --Part One

So I am on vacation this week with the family on Anna Maria Island, Florida doing two of my most favorite things in the world --relaxing with the family and doing a little genealogy research. Woohoo! Yay me. It amazes me to see what a little R&R and peace and quiet does to my brain. All of a sudden I have a chance to think and brainstorm on ways to possibly learn about my ancestry. Befo re I get into all that though, here are some pictures from the first day here with the family. DG

Amanuensis Monday: Mortimer Mitchell Mentioned In Freedmen's Bureau Land and Property Records

A couple of weeks ago, I was poking around on and found a labor contract that mentioned my 3rd great grandfather Mortimer Mitchell. Every so often I go back over folks on my family tree and try doing searches in databases that were previously not available. Thanks to the completion of the Freedman's Bureau Project , I was able to locate this particular record. Citing this Record "United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Land and Property Records, 1865-1872", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 1 September 2016), Mestrumi Mitchel, 1865-1872. Edward Mallett Plantation About 10 Miles from NewBerne near Croatan 2500 or 3000 acres, 50 or 60 suitable for cultivation of cotton or corn. 4 Log houses occupied by old negroes. On Peter G Evans plantation nearby is a good two story house suitable to be used by persons who occupy this Mallett plantation.       Turpentine Lease for 60 bbls a seaso

Friday Funny: A Trip To Kalahari Resorts --Mt Pocono, PA

It's been a almost two months since we went to Kalahari Resorts in Mt Pocono, PA. You could say I am a little behind on posting for what's been going on in my life :)  Anyway, we had a blast hanging out together as a family. We also got a serious case of the sillies during mealtimes. We challenged each other into make really weird faces to see if we could make each other laugh. I haven't had a good laugh like that in a while.