Sunday, January 5, 2014

52 Ancestors: Sara Snell Stafford

As I begin to share 52 of my ancestors over the next 52 weeks I begin with my sweet Mama. 

Oh, how I miss you, Mama! You are free from sickness and pain. For that I am grateful. Until we meet again.

When I started this blog my very first post was for Mama. 

In another post I shared this, from her funeral:
I will cherish every day I was blessed to have Mama. Her hands tenderly cared for me. Her kisses healed my pain. Her hugs calmed my fears. Her voice was a melody in my ear. Nothing compares to a mother’s love. It guided me through life in my early years and waited in the wings in my adult years. Mama has left us for a little while but her love will always be with us. Close your eyes and open your heart and there you will find her.
In 2012 I installed a Memory Medallion on her headstone. I need to update and add to the data and check it the next time I'm home for a visit.

New Year ~ Fresh Start

I've missed research, genealogy and blogging and plan to change that in 2014. I feel like I'll be starting over even though this will be my 15th year of researching my family. I didn't get this blog off the ground, before having to take a break to handle aging parent needs, and hope to make it a place where I can connect with others that share my family lines.

Don't forget to take a cemetery walk with me over at

I need to spend some time getting my blog reading list re-created in Feedly, so if you have a genealogy or cemetery blog please leave me a link in the comments.

I'm going to accept the challenge, found over at No Story Too Small,  ( to blog about 52 ancestors over the next 52 weeks. I will post that a little later this evening. I knew right away the first one would be for my sweet Mama. Next month will be 5 years since she stepped into eternity and my heart aches like it was this morning. Oh, how I miss her.

by Amy Johnson Crow

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day

I hope you are enjoying today and making memories with family. I'm hoping to get back to blogging here later this year.

Meanwhile, we are counting down the weeks until Clay's second deployment to Afghanistan is over.

Piney Woods & Prairie Winds, Gale Wall, Gale Wall Photography

Sunday, October 7, 2012

On hold

The last two years of taking care of Daddy's health needs has left me unable to research or blog. I hope to make time for it in 2013.

Clayton, deployed, Afghanistan

My son deploys to Afghanistan, again, soon. Please pray for our family in the months ahead.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

KSA & Partnership

Snipped from this site:

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Coming later:
Population Schedules: Counties, 1953-1978
Population Schedules: Cities, 1919-1961
Agricultural Statistical Rolls, ca. 1873-1984
WWI Enlistment and Discharge Records, 1917-1919
United Spanish War Veterans Records, 1898-ca. 1975.
Kansas GAR Post Annual Reports
ATSF Railroad Service Records
Military History Collection; (19th Cavalry & Camp Funston)
City Directories (selected)

Thursday, May 10, 2012


This is a photo of my sister, Denise, and her daughters: Linda Gale, Tressie & Jessica. It was taken in the late 1980's.

I really miss her.

Kandie Denise
1959 - 2008