Funday Friday #1 ~ How About You?

friday_funday_bannerUsually, on Fridays, I post a blog called “Freaky Fridays”. I have published one each week for the last 29 weeks. I have had a lot of fun with it, however, I did notice that lately, they have been getting more negative in the content. So, I decided to try something new. As a change of pace, at least for a while, I will try to make Friday’s Fun

I try to do Genealogy research on a daily basis. Some days feel like I am pounding my head against the table. Other days, I feel like I have hit the jackpot! However, most days it is business as usual. I want to ask you a question. What is your most favorite discovery or encounter you have had while doing research or writing a blog?

I have had a lot of fascinating discoveries over the years, too many toLeola & Orville pick just one. I have, however, only had one encounter that really surprised and blessed me! A little over 4 years ago I checked my email and I had received a message from a woman who had found me on WikiTree. She told me that she had been shopping in an antique mall in San Jose, California, and found a photo of two young children, a young girl, and her younger brother. She said she bought the photo because the two were just too cute! On the back of it was written “Charlie and Jennie Hughes’ children, Leola and Leonard” and the picture was taken circa 1914 in Pettis County, Missouri. She did a search for those names and up came my tree. She was able to not only contact me, but she sent me a copy of the photo. To say I was grateful, surprised, and amazed is an understatement. My Aunt Leola died at age 32 and there aren’t a lot of photos of her. She even mailed the original to me.

I look forward to reading about your discoveries!


I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

4 thoughts on “Funday Friday #1 ~ How About You?

  1. My most surprising discovery was about my Great Grandfather on my Grand mother’s side. Levi Crawford Reed, who I discovered by Thomas Pelikan a man who is a 2nd cousin. I connected with him on 23 and me and he sent a reference with the information that Levi, an infantryman fighting for the North, was captured by the Confederates during Sherman’s march to the sea. He was sent to the famous Andersonville Prison camp. But he escaped by digging his way out through a tunnel. He was shot during the civil war and carried a bullet within him to the grave. He then went with Sherman’s company who he rejoined after his escape and was with the Grand Army of the Republic who was reviewed in Washington by the President.. I found his grave and through the County Veterans; Affairs office put a G.A.R. medallion and flag on his grave. He is buried in Dudley Memorial Cemetery in Pennsylvania..

  2. Like you, I have too many exciting discoveries to ever name one. As for photos, someone sent me some of my husband’ mother and grandmother, which was wonderful. I finally found a family member to send a photo I had found and they were ever so grateful – made me feel good. This year I discovered some cousins who had a photo of my 2nd great-grandfather. I’ve researched him for so long and it was the first time I’d seen his image. Totally exciting!

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