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Transportation: Genealogy Photo A Day Prompt

Today's prompt for the Genealogy Photo A Day on Instagram is "Transportation" and I'm so excited to share this picture of my great great grandfather's brother, James Hargis! I don't have a lot of information on James and will continue researching him. In the meantime, enjoy this picture...

Can anyone offer any insight on what James is riding on? 

The Genealogy Happy Dance: Virgil Vaughn (Vaughan)

Can we talk about the Genealogy "Happy Dance" for a moment? You know, that moment you find a piece of information, story, or a document and you literally do a little dance. I think every family historian and genealogist has experienced this!

Today, thanks to the Family Search website (familiysearch.org), I FINALLY found a record for my great grand uncle, Virgil V. Vaughn (Vaughan).

I am so excited!

I became intrigued by Virgil when I found his "Engineers Time Book" from 1914 in my Great Grandmother's Purse (you can view that post here). He worked as a Brakeman for the railroad in Kentucky.

Virgil V. Vaughn (Vaughan) is the brother of my great grandfather, Okey. He was born May 1890 in Sheridan, Lincoln County, West Virginia. He is the son of James R. Vaughn (Vaughan) and Ellen Midkiff. He is their eldest son.

While researching the Family Search website, I located his marriage certificate from 1915. He married Mary Margaret McLean on May 06 1915 in Catlettsburg, Boyd County, KY. She is the daughter of Arthur McLean & Nellie May Blake. Mary was born in 1894 in Lincoln County, WV and her death year is  recorded as 1964 in Cabell County, WV. 

Honestly, I have more questions than answers at this time, but I can find comfort in knowing I have a little more information today than I did yesterday. So for now, I will continue my Genealogy "Happy Dance!"

Family Heirlooms: My Great Grandmother's Purse

Can I just say that I LOVE when family treasures find their way back to me? This one doesn't disappoint!

Recently my Great Grandmother's purse found its way to me. The contents of this purse are amazing to me. The treasures and memories contained within this purse I hold dearly.

A few of the scandalous letters in this purse are surely the plot of books and movies.

Slowly I am making my way through each letter, picture, and document. I'm working on making sense of each letter and why these were held so dearly by her. Why did these particular items make their way into her purse? Why did she warrant these important enough to group together?

It's a fun journey as each piece of this puzzle unfolds. Its also a glimpse into her life. The secret parts of her life. The parts no one, perhaps, knew. The parts that somehow (and for some reason) found their way to me.