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Welcome to my blog. As one for whom words and communication are important, I will welcome your comments and observations. Feel free to join in at any time.

On my blog, I will be writing on subjects of interest to me including recording family history in story form as well as the process of my research. This will be a forum where I can share photographs and copies of documentation I have found, as well as details of trips to research locations. Although I began my genealogical research as support staff for my daughter’s excellent research efforts, I have branched out to doing a lot of the research on the paternal side of my family. Kay has done most of the work on the maternal side as well as the work on her paternal lines and those of her husband’s family. For more detailed genealogical information, check out both her website and blog, which are linked on my home page.

Me as Queen in Snow White - cover of Sunday Magazine section

Me as Queen in Snow White – cover of Sunday Magazine section

As to my background, I have a degree in opera performance  with minors in psychology and English. I had the opportunity to sing with a small opera company for twenty years, singing major roles in such diverse operas as Hansel and Gretel, Cosi fan tutti, Don Giovanni, Sister Angelica, Barber of Seville, The Mikado, and The Gondoliers as well as operas written specifically for our company to perform for children – Little Red Ridinghood, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Although I am a deeply spiritual woman and much of my writing will reflect that aspect of me, for the most part, spiritual or reflective blogging will be published on my other blog, Notes from Life’s Journey. Although I participate actively within the framework of a traditional Christian church, I chose to characterize myself as spiritual rather than religious. That choice was made due to my understanding of religion as an organized system designed to bring people into alignment with God [or whatever name the participant uses for deity]. I believe the Christian tradition is not so much about a religious system that leads us to God, but is about God reaching out to us. The best expression of this concept came from a book I read many years ago written by Friz Ridenour called “How to be a Christian Without Being Religious.

I enjoy words, whether they are written, spoken, sung or exchanged conversationally. I practice my love of words in a small business I call Words for the Wise in which I type, transcribe, proofread and edit words for my clients. I can be contacted at dmbr622 at gmail.

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7 Responses

  1. WOW – how long did it take to do all this? I need to seriously work on my photos – or buy a better scanner. Actually, both.

    Cousin Ann

  2. I have posted photo of unknown Lineberrys found in Carroll Co., VA on my Facebook Site I believe these would be of interest to you as I believe some are your family. My Genealogy site is http://bez13122.tribalpages.com/
    Send me an e-mail and I will send you the password. My family is from Carroll Co., VA

  3. Love your blogs

  4. of course we need to know our family history so that we can share it to our kids .:`

  5. I found your blog by searching Watsons of Fayette County Alabama.
    I think we share a common gggrandmother, Nancy Foster Buckner Watson. I think that my ggrandfather was James Benjamin Watson, 4/3/68-11/15/1950, the first child born to Nancy and Joshua Watson. I can’t explain why the 1880 census in Holy Springs, Ms lists him as John except that the census taker said she was 60. I have visited Fayette Co. Alabama and I concur that Anthony Foster and Mary King were Nancy’s parents. They are buried in the Mt Vernon United Methodist Church Cemetery west of Fayette, Alabama on State Hwy 18. Check out the 1900 and 1910 census in Wise Texas under Nancy M. Sailing. Do you think this could be her, having married James Saling 8/27/1897? This Nancy is buried in the Oaklawn Cemetery, Decatur, Texas. Date of death is Dec. 18, 1917. According to Alton Cook booksco@cox.net she had moved there after William Rufus Buckner had moved there. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you. Kathy

  6. Donna, I am so excited to find your blog and the wonderful job you have done documenting your family research. I am a McClure/Wiggins descendant (my mother was born in Fayette County) and many of my family are buried in Mt. Vernon Methodist Church Cemetery along with the Fosters. My grandparents are there along with one of Mom’s sisters: John Franklin Potter married to Francis Edna “Effie” Wiggins (daughter of Levingston Wiggins and Louisa Ellen McClure).

  7. Donna, I was so glad to stumble upon your blog!! You & I share the same Great Grandparents. J F Willis is my Great Grandfather. My Grandfather’s name was Rufus Braxton Willis, & my Father’s name was Clarence Rebern. I will for sure be checking your blog more often to see what else you can find.

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