Author Archives: Lisa Reed

About Lisa Reed

I am a professional genealogist who loves to find clues in records that can help us learn our stories. I speak, write, and consult on genealogical projects and would love to assist you with yours. Please inquire!

All-Purpose Festive Roast Turkey, Dressing, and Giblet Gravy

Start three days ago. Unfreeze the damn bird. I have it on the authority of the federal government of the United States of America that it takes one day per five pounds to thaw out a turkey. If that boggles … Continue reading

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When the Peace Was Signed, A Letter Home

Trimbs, Germany June 28, 1919 Dear Folks, Well we only stayed one week in Andernach but it was a nice week lots to go to and that helps. The real dull part of the day is after supper which is … Continue reading

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To Geo. M. Parker, Woods Bluff, Ala., Feby. 19, 1871

Geo. M. Parker, Woods Bluff, Ala. Coffeeville  Feby 19th 1871 G M Parker My Dear Son Feeling a very deep interest in your present and future well being I am induced to write you a letter this beautiful Sabbath morning. … Continue reading

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The Last Visit

  Please watch my daughter’s video about visiting my dad and mom’s house for the last time and all the memories.

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Onward and Upward

When the worst thing that happens on the first day of class is that you, The Teacher, trip over your fancy new high heels and fall flat on the ground, you know it’s been a good day overall. I ended … Continue reading

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Everything Is Fine, Indeed

The world is fine and made of good people. I have a nice warm bed, someone to snuggle with, a full pantry,  gas in my car, a vacation from school and work, but school and work to go back to. … Continue reading

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Names I Love

My favorite names this week come from a family where the children’s first names are Darwin, Galileo, and Waco, all born between 1893 and 1898. I want to know those wacky, learned, non-conformist parents! What are some surprising names in … Continue reading

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Bits and pieces

Hurray! My county of research is not a “burned county!” A burned county is one of hundreds (?) across the country where we have lost records over the decades because of various courthouse fires. So, hurray! Gentry County, Missouri, is … Continue reading

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Mover? Or Sticker?

Looking at my ancestors I see two groups: the movers and the stickers. The movers are the ones who pull up stakes. They are either pioneers, moving to newly opened lands, or they move to communities already established. They nearly … Continue reading

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A Suitcase Full of Pictures

I found a suitcase full of pictures at a consignment store. “What is inside,” was my first question. It soon became “Who is inside?” Images: Lost and Found  (Click to watch video.) I couldn’t wait to meet them.  I couldn’t … Continue reading

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