Dapple Gray with Unknown Rider
This photograph was found between pieces of sheet music, collected by my grandfather, Donald C. Minor, in the first half of the 20th century. It appears to be a poor copy of either a Carte De Visite or an early Cabinet card. The hat, sideburns and shirt will likely provide clues for dating. At this point, however, I am only able to surmise that this portrait is of a Minor, proudly showing off a favorite horse.
Vocation is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s hunger meet.
Welcome! and perhaps, welcome back! This family history blog was formerly known as d kays days, a play on my initials DKS. What can I say? I got tired of that name, uninspired by its rhyme, and so I am starting fresh this summer; a new name, a new theme – Shoots, Roots, and Leaves, powered by HUM, a WordPress theme. Beginning June 22, 2013, the the new domain name will be shootsrootsandleaves.com, though the old domain dkaysdays.com will continue to link to this blog, at least for a while.
I hope you will join me as I travel down
memory lane, to the towns and homes of the Sayles, Dodson, Strickland, Minor, Bradford, and Roahrig families.
It is no secret that I gather family lore, photographs and documents. Or that I track down the tendrils of social history that help curl these details into a story. Perhaps it is less well known that I collect storytelling ideas, methods and media by which ordinary folk turn ordinary objects and facts into extraordinary family stories.
Today’s idea came by way of social media. (Whatever did we do before these sites???) Watch how the camera pulls the viewer through space, and through time. Note how the juxtaposition of family portraits and family members sucks you to the heart of the story. I think this video was meant to be more tribute to family than documentation of family history, but it certainly accomplishes both in a creative, memorable way.
“Yes to Love” by Isaac Lamb.
My grandmother possessed her gift of writing, a pen, and some paper. Florette Sayles Strickland also possessed family memories, and using what she had, my grandmother crafted a family history booklet that was then distributed to her children,and photocopied and distributed again to her grandchildren.
That was so pre-PC.
That was so pre-internet.
That was not so long ago.
Last night, from my kitchen chair, I participated in a webinar, arranged and delivered by the Illinois State Genealogical Society. At nine o’clock P.M. EST I sat at my desk, clicked my emailed link, turned up my speakers’ volume, and joined the crowd listening to Harold Henderson’s presentation on The Best Genealogy Present You Can Give Yourself: Citing Your Sources. I printed out the night’s handouts and scribbled further notes as Harold detailed how I can structure my source information into a well-crafted reference note. Such citations increase the likelihood that I can find that source again as needed, as well as the credibility of my final story and conclusions.
From my kitchen chair, I can search, write, publish, find like-minded peers, and enhance my research skills. My grandmother would be astounded!