TSGS Cruiser Blog

Friday, January 8, 2010

"Internet Reflections!"


I just got an email...
from someone that I had not heard from in some time!

This got me to thinking about some things in the past, especially with working on the computer and communicating on the Internet. I got on my first "real" computer in 1995 about 15 years ago. Things have changed a lot with computers & the Internet since then, but joining the world via the computer has changed most of us and our lives! I have had very close relationships with people from all over the USA and some around the world! I have worked with others to build networks or national organizations... I even served as World Chair of the WorldGenWeb Project that is an off-shoot of the USGenWeb which is an off-shoot of the KYGenWeb Project that started from the Muhlenberg Co., KY GenWeb Project.

I have to go to work for now... this will be continued as I have time! In the meantime be thinking about how computers & the Internet has changed your life. - JGWest

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Tombstone Thursday - Johnson

Oak Hill Cemetery
Evansville, Indiana
Section D, Lot 101, Grave 3
William E. Johnson
Mary A., his wife
Photo taken 27 Oct 2009

[Click on the photo for enlarged clearer picture. In the background, you can see the Lee/Williams marker to its left is one of a pair of large flower planters... immediately to its left and in the next row is my younger brother's grave (Don West). There are flowers decorating it.]

- Photo taken & submitted by JGWest
[Tombstone Thursday is dedicated in memory of Donald G. West 1952-2000]

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

From the FIRST MATE's

Here is another side of Don Counts...
... we all know him as a former TSGS President and currently TSGS Board Director.

Don worked as a model back in 1997!

[This is one poster type photo, click on it to enlarge the image]

- Poster photo submitted by Don Counts

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


This from Brenda Legate, the Editor of The Tri-State Packet... the deadline for the March issue of the Tri-State Packet is coming up on January 15th. Please get your submissions to me by that time. I look forward to hearing from you! [Click on Brenda's name to send her a message.]

The next TSGS meeting will be at Willard Library at 7:30 PM on 12 Jan 2010. There will be 3 discussion groups that you may choose to join at the conclusion of our brief business meeting. Discussion Groups (choose one) A) Adoptions, led by Becky West, B) German Research, led by Karin Kirsch, C) Piftalls, led by Mary Lou Bevers. I hope you will come out and join in on the discussions and learn something that will be of value to you.

John G. West, TSGS President

Sunday, January 3, 2010

"New Web Site for McDowell Publications"


Judy Bailey - Jan 2, 2010 MyFamily.com web page:
Our Breckinridge, Hancock and Ohio County Cousins~

"Sam McDowell Publications has updated their homepage. I'm thankful his children continued his business. He was a very kind man, and knew a little bit of every Kentuckians genealogy it seemed. My sister and I had recopies made there at a very reasonable price a few years back when Sam was still alive. Anyone that lives close enough to the business should go and check it out, but give yourself a couple of hours to browse his many shelves of publications! You never know what you can find there! The new webpage is very accessable. Anyone hunting a book concerning families, churches, graveyards, or if you are even considering having a book printed about genealogy, you should check them out. No, I am not kin to the McDowells. I just wanted to let everyone one know about a little business way out in the country, that the primary goal was to record families, Kentucky history and other states history, ran mostly I feel, out of Sam and his families love of genealogy and their love of Kentucky. "


Looks like they have a very nice new web site. I can not wait for them to complete the tribute to Sam (currently under construction). I would visit with Sam during our Tri-State Genealogical Society Seminars in Evansville. One time I was telling him how I discovered that the former Director of Special Collections & I were related through the Haynes family. He asked, "was that William Haynes b. 1740 that was in the Revolutionary War?" I said that was right! He said that we were cousins since that was his direct ancestor, too! Well, I was pleased to have Joan Elliott Parker as a Haynes cousin, but now, I had Sam McDowell, too!!! Bettie Cook said she was jealous that everyone was related to me except her (we later discovered that we had an indirect relationship with her [Nancy] Cummings & my [William] Wood lines). Years back, Bettie's husband Mike & Sam were partners in the publishing business. Over the years, I bought quite a few books from Sam. I really liked Sam and miss him.

- Compiled by JGWest