Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Corine (Smith) Westbrooks

Headstone of Corine (Smith) Westbrook; taken by me
at Sunrise Memorial Cemetery

Corine Westbrooks, nee Smith was born on October 21, 1923 in Leola, Grant County, Arkansas. She is the daughter of Mack & Cloudia Bell (Giles) Smith and my grandmother's sister. Corine died today (January 31st) in 1980; in San Francisco, California at the age of 56. Corine was buried in Sunrise Memorial Cemetery, Vallejo, California. Corine is the wife of John Henry Westbrook, who is buried here too.

2012 Hawkins Smith Pattillo Family Reunion

2012 Family Reunion Hawkins-Smith-Pattillo

The committee of the Hawkins, Smith, Patillo reunion writes to inform you of the upcoming family reunion for August 3rd, 4th, 5th 2012. Registration package will be mailed at a later date, along with other information.

It will be held at the Austin Convention Hotel & Spa at 305 Malvern Ave. Hot Springs Arkansas 71901. Room Rates are $92.00 per night Single, Double, Triple, Quad Occupancy. $170.00 One -Bedroom Suite & $255.00 Two -Bedroom Suite. Reservation Phone # 877-623-6697 & mention HSP Family Reunion.

The Registration prices are listed for ages 0-3 Free, 4-11 $55.00, and 12-UP $85.00, this includes t-shirts. The cutoff date will be June 15, 2012 and there will be a late fee if not received by cutoff date. Payment in the form of Money orders & cashier checks ONLY (No Personal Check). Our meal time are scheduled for Friday 7pm-9pm, Saturday 7am-9am, Saturday 7pm-9pm.

Registration can be sent to Randy & Gloria Harris or contact Chairperson Tanya Matlock.

For the most up-to-date information on shows, attractions, activities, tours and more in the Hot Springs area, visit


We thank you & look forward to seeing you in 2012.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday's Tip: Ohio Obituary Index

Ohio Obituary Index

If you are researching persons who died in Ohio, than the Ohio Obituary Index will be a great resource for you. The Index covers more than 2, 100, 000 obituaries, and death & Marriage notices from Ohio, starting in the 1810s to present day!
The cost depends on the library holding the original obituary, but run as low as $1.00 and they will even scan and email you a copy.
To learn more about this index and locations covered, visit the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Mack Henry Smith

Headstone of Mack H. Smith at
Sunrise Memorial Cemetery, Vallejo, California;
Taken by Author 14 Nov 2011 

Mack Henry Smith was my great grandfather. He was born in Tulip, Dallas County, Arkansas on May 6th; the year of birth has been listed as anytime from 1885 up to 1888. He died on 29 May 1964 in Richmond, Contra Costa County, California. He was buried in Sunrise Memorial Cemetery in Vallejo, California.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Bobbie Leora (Brandon) Sloane

Obituary Notice for
CARTHAGE-- Funeral services for Bobbie Leora Brandon Sloane, 80, of Carthage, who died November 29, 1997, at her home, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Carthage Church of God in Christ with Elder Frank Phillips Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery at Carthage by Brown-Williams Funeral Home of Fordyce.
        She was born on March 1, 1917, at Carthage, a daughter of the late George Brandon and Ella Brandon.
        She was a member of Carthage Church of God in Christ, where she was a deaconess, YPWW teacher and the treasurer of Bible Books.
        She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Sloane.
        Survivors include three sons, a daughter; a brother; three sisters; a stepdaughter; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Arkansas

Headstone for Bobbie Brandon Sloane at
Bethel Cemetery, Carthage,
Dallas County, Arkansas- Taken on 20 Sept 2002

Double headstone with her husband Henry "Duke" Sloane
Bobbie's Obituary was the first obituary I located when I first started my genealogical journey. I was at first unsure if she was a relative of mine, since the last name was spelled different from my own. I emailed my dad a copy of this email and he said, "that until the family moved to California in the early 1940s; they spelled out surname with an e."

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: L. C. Smith

Sunrise Memorial Cemetery
Vallejo, California

L. C. Smith was my grandmother's brother, I don't recall ever meeting him, but I have meet some of his children. He was born 20 November 1925 in Leola, Grant County, Arkansas to Mack & Cloudia (Giles) Smith. He died 16 Apr 1991 in Richmond, Contra Costa County, California.

LC Smith in his Army uniform

He served in the US Army during World War II.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Genealogical Goals for 2012

Here are my Genealogical Goals for 2012:

POST: I would like to create at least five posts on these blog per week. 

I will try for more, but my goal is at least one. I think by using some of the Geneabloggers daily prompts will help.

ORGANIZATION: I have so many photos and unanswered emails on my computer, in my office, on my laptop and not to mention all the files and papers in my home office. I hope to be able to get things under-controlled and organized and placed in archival safe storage boxes and containers.

I am going to follow DearMYRTLE's Organization Monthly Checklists to help me find direction and have a solid plan. These forms can be found here. I am hoping that DearMyrtle continues these checklists, since she stopped in May.

Along the organization line, I am hoping to get a new desktop computer, so I can digitalize all my photos and documents on one system. I am also hoping to buy a flip-pal scanner to take with me on my genealogical travels.

LEARNING & GROWTH: I am planning to continue to attend GeneaWebinars and online Family History Classes. Hopefully I can attended some in-person classes and conferences, but we will see.

GENEALOGICAL: I need to plan some in-person visits to some of my family members, so I can get additional family histories and maybe new family photos of our ancestors. 

My sister and I want to visit my Grandmother in the next month, so I am planning my list of questions and unlabeled photos to bring.

I am also planning to attend a Family Reunion this summer in Hot Springs, Arkansas (I will post a separate entry about this reunion in the near future). This will be a great way to meet more cousins and maybe find out more about my Family History and label photos.