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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Road Trip to Arkansas


I'm planning a road trip to Arkansas, specifically Faulkner County and Little Rock, to do some genealogy research on my grandmother's Loveless line. Places I plan to visit:

Ouachita Baptist University, Special Collections, in the Riley-Hickingbotham Library. Here I hope to learn more about my great-great-grandfather, Ebenezer Loveless, who was a Baptist minister. They're open 8 to 5 and an archivist will be there to help me.

University of Central Arkansas where the Faulkner County Historical Society has their holdings. Not only did the Loveless family move to Arkansas from Georgia, but so did the Rodgers and Nixon families.

Hendrix College has a genealogy library and the Faulkner County Library has a genealogy section.

The Faulkner County Museum will also be a great place to stop to learn about local history. This museum is open Monday through Thursday from 9 to 4. I contacted the director of the museum and she plans to be there the day I arrive to help me.

I will also visit several cemeteries in central Faulkner County to take photos of many tombstones. Even though most are on Find-a-Grave, I want to have my own for use in publishing on the blog or in a book.

In Little Rock, I plan to visit the state archives at the Arkansas History Commission where I have a nice list of things to check out:
  • Loose probate papers for Jesse Loveless
  • Confederate pension papers for William A Loveless & Thomas J. Loveless
  • Leonardo Andrea collection which has genealogical papers, possibly for the Loveless family
  • Newspapers
I am looking forward to the side trips to Hot Springs, the Ozarks, and a visit of my husband's cousins. It's going to be a great trip. Wish me luck with my research!
Copyright © 2015 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Date Your Grandmother Was Born

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing blog, has challenged us again. For this week's mission, we were challenged to:
  • What day of the week was your Grandmother born (either one)? Tell us how you found out.
  • What event was a headline in the newspapers on that date?  Tell us how you found out.
  • What has happened in recorded history on your Grandmother's birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.
  • What famous people have been born on your Grandmother's birth date?  Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.

My maternal grandmother, the namesake of this blog, Pansy Louise Lancaster, was born 19 November 1913. According to the website, What Day of the Week, November 13 was a Wednesday.

I went to Chronicling America website for newspapers published on that day. Headlines in the Washington Herald included 
  • “Garranza Makes Demand of Hale for Credentials,” and 
  • “Barnes Says Teddy Would Be President.”  
Because she was born in Texas, I looked at a newspaper from Texas, the El Paso Herald, had these headlines:
  • “Four Regiments to be Held at Ft. Bliss: More Troops Ordered to the Border,” and 
  • “Pinchot Leads Water Power Fight.”

For historical events on November 19, I checked Wikipedia.

Famous people born on her birthday include (from the same Wikipedia  article):



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