My Google-Fu is improving

I remember that my grandmother said, for the longest time, that her grandmother was Blackfoot Indian. But ALL the data I have on that woman (scanty though it is) states that the woman was born in NY. The Blackfeet were never relocated to NY State.

Well, scanning the web again, I found a reference to the Saponi and Tutelo tribes, which lived in in the Virginias and Carolinas for the longest time. But there were historical records quoted that stated that a large number of them had gone north, to Pennsylvania and … New York! The reason this was important? One of the local names for the tribe (before they moved) was Blackfoot, probably due to their agricultural roots and the dark soil in that area.

In heading North, they were adopted into the Seneca and Cayuga tribes. So both my mother and my brother were right when they remembered things – he remembered Grandma saying that she was Blackfoot, and Mom was sure that we were Seneca or Cayuga.

But finding that takes a fruitless search to a difficult one. Much easier to deal with.

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November 5

Remember, remember

The Fifth of November

Gunpowder treason and plot.

I see no reason

Why gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot.

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Looks like I’m a winner

I mentioned the giveaway in my previous post – got an email from the person whose blog that is, and I apparently won a prize! 

Cool!

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A friend has a nice giveaway going on her blog

If you go over to this specific post on her blog, you can possibly win some great giveaways for yourself/the Young Adult reader in your family. She tends to get some good stuff, quality wise, so feel free to enter.

But you have to do so by the 26th.

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A loss in the HP fanfic world

At least I consider it one.

I got word over the weekend that one of my online friends that I hadn’t heard from in several months had died. It’s been unfortunately verified.

His online handle was fenriswolf, and on a few sites he added a 01 at the end, usually because the site demanded numbers or such. His real name was Brian McCrary, and he apparently spent the last three years very ill.

He was a Harmonian to the core – Hermione was the only girl for Harry, although he wrote a nice little threesome story once, called “With Three You Get Eggroll”. He was remarkably talented as a writer, and I would have liked to seen original work with his name on the spine.

Unfortunately, that will never be now.

May the Valkyrie speed your way, my Asatru friend, and may your afterlife be all you can hope for.

Adeiu. You will be missed.

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Finally started to get my sci-fi story off the ground!

No puns intended, mind you.

I’ve got the two other stories that I’ve had edited, I just have to get them submitted. (Actually, I ought to run them past my editor one last time. She’s good, and can always use the money.)

The one I really am working on now is one that’s even got me writing the screenplay for it in my head at the same time. If you think that won’t get confusing…

I’m in one of those situations where I’d really like to talk about the story, but I don’t dare, because someone might read this and decide “Hey, that’s a great story!” and write it from underneath me, since I’m the type who’d go into some detail about where I was going with the story, which would give more than enough data to write it to someone else.

Paranoid? Probably. I doubt my blog has THAT many readers yet, but if I train myself well, it will serve me when my things become breakaway best sellers and I start drawing millions of hits a femtosecond to my site. *laugh*

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Well, saw the new HP film

On a scale from one to ten, I’d rate it "Meh."

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A little more on the family front

Went to visit the folks over the July 4th weekend, and came home with more stuff than I could have imagined. In talking about things, Mom decided to look through some of the scrapbooks of photos that she has. She sets a folded piece of cardboard to the side as she looks through this one bin full of photos. I open it an almost squeed.

My Uncle Richard’s baptismal certificate was the cardboard piece, and in the makeshift folder that it created were printouts. Family members, birth certificates, and one very important marriage certificate – the one for Dad’s mother’s grandfather. I hadn’t been able to get anywhere past her father, and suddenly things are opening up again. I’ve gotten information that carries the family back a bit further.

Still having a bitch of a time finding the Indian great-great-grandmother, especially now that it seems that she might be Cayuga or Seneca, rather than the Blackfeet.

Argh.

At least I found physical verification of her first name – at least the ‘Christian’ one, that is. On a bit of documentation stating that a son was a farmer, she was apparently living with him, and she was listed as Cora. The LDS had her as Cora, but no real information on that. I can now give a reference back to that document to them for at least the first name.

If anyone reads this who happens to know how to trace genealogy into the Indian tribes, I’d greatly appreciate a hint.

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Amazing the weird stuff that makes us happy

Yesterday my wife and I went into a local town for lunch/dinner, and just generally enjoyed a couple hours around that town. We came back to our car and found a coupon from a restaurant that we used to go to until it closed, “apologizing” for us not being able to visit, but welcoming us back at another time. We looked at each other and decided to walk to the place – considering it was about twenty paces from where we parked. We could have eaten there yesterday from a limited menu, had we known that they were open again.

Their official reopening in tomorrow, June 30th. I know where we’re eating tomorrow night, and Dorothy agrees.

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Sir, I exist!

A man said to the universe: "Sir I exist!"

"However," replied the universe, "The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation."

Stephen Crane

Don’t know why, but I’ve always loved that little bit from him.

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