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A Chance Meeting

This last Sunday we were invited to a family gathering – only it wasn’t our family but the family of my husband’s high school buddy. It’s always fun to gather with old friends as we weren’t the only non-family. One of the gentlemen at the gathering lived on Trotter Road. That turned the conversation to genealogy since my husband’s grandmother was a Trotter. We knew the William Trotter farm was somewhere along that road. We started asking questions about the history of property in his area since his family farm was on Trotter Rd also. Were our ancestors neighbors??  More research is to be done.

My husband and I had driven Trotter Rd several times trying to figure where the Trotter farm was located. Was the farm still there or has it disappeared and been swallowed up into other farms? One thing we did not take into consideration was how the road had changed with the new Highway 81 between Monroe and Argyle. Part of what is Trotter Road now used to be West Duncan Rd. A large section of Trotter is now closed and not used. A farm (the former Scott farm – they married Trotters, too) sits at a dead end on Trotter Rd. From that dead end to Highway 81 is the unused portion of the old Trotter Rd. Now we had new information to use to figure out the location of the farm.

At home, I pulled out my Trotter family information and the land information I had. We studied the information and the map alongside the new information we had about Trotter Rd……and the joke was on us. The farm was actually located on the southeast corner of Lewis Rd and Duncan Hill Rd – not on Trotter Rd as we thought. The farm is gone but we had driven by it many times and each time my husband has been drawn to the piece of property and has made the statement, “That’s a piece of land I would like to own.” It may be the call of the ancestor.

One chance meeting and it led to the discovery of the farm property. On the next trip by the Trotter land I will have the camera.

Don’t forget that Green County Genealogical Society is offering free workshops on Thursday mornings. This week Elder Wright will be sharing many aspects of Family Search.

Throwback Thursday July 23

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Kids Want to Know Their Family History

Recently our 8 year old grandson spent the night to celebrate his birthday with us. We planned fun things like breakfast at a restaurant, shopping for his birthday present, kite flying and grandpa teaching him how to use a BB gun. What was his request? “I want to see the place where dad grew up.”  It was important to him to know and see where dad lived when he was 8. We made a road trip south of Monroe to show him the home place and tell a few stories. And a picture was required.

Home Place

Our Home Place

It is easy to overlook the fact that our grandkids are interested in our stories. I’m always looking for ways to share stories in a meaningful way. Over the next month I have 3 grandchildren graduating from high school. Each is going to receive a photo book with a collection of pictures spanning 18 years….many they probably have never seen because they are in my digital collection on a computer. It is a way for me to share our unique “grandparent-grandchild” story….and something to keep for the next generation.

Do you need some inspiration for sharing your story? Check out this FamilySearch blog: 52 Questions in 52 weeks: Writing Your Life Story Has Never Been Easier. Leave a legacy by sharing your stories…don’t let them die with you.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

In December I encouraged you to pass your stories on so your children and grandchildren will know your stories and the stories of their ancestors. For Christmas this year I created a “Grandpa Book” for all the grandchildren. I gathered together several pictures from my husband’s childhood which included pictures of his grandparents and great grandparents. The book was a pictorial history of his life and ended with a page of all the grandkids pictures. What surprised us was the response of the parents (our kids). The grandkids thought it was fun, but their parents felt like they had been given a treasure – pieces of their dad’s life they never knew about. They laughed and they cried over the book.

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