This is an update to a blog post i did a while back on a great article that was written by Kathleen Brandt of a3Genealogy. You can read my previous article here.
To update my Military Monday research from my previous article mentioned above, I received from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) a letter that informed me that my father-in-law, Robert H. Stanard’s military records were part of the July 12, 1973 fire in Missouri at the National Personnel Records Center. You can read about the 1973 fire here. This fire destroyed millions of military files, including Robert H. Stanard’s. There is no complete listing of the files that were lost, but for each file request that NARA receives, a technician researches their files to determine what exactly they have. In the letter I received, I was told that my father-in-law’s file was probably part of the files lost in the fire. They did suggest that I contact the local Veteran’s Affairs office to see if they have any records (I have yet to do that.) What I was able to get from NARA was my father-in-law’s DD214, his discharge form. This forms shows the date of discharge, that it was a honorable discharge, the awards he acquired, and that he fought in the Korean War.
My brother-in-law has the medals that my father-in-law earned. Here is a photo of them. In trying to understand what each medal was for, I include my notes on the picture. (These medals are not in proper order and just laid out to take the picture better.)
It is with great gratitude that I researched Robert H. Stanard’s military service.
Usually around this time of the year, I am listing my goals for my blog for the new year. But with my absence for the most of this last year, I feel silly doing this. I will take a cue from my crafting world and use my “one little word.” One Little Word is a series of prompts that was developed by Ali Edwards. She picked one little word to focus on throughout the year. I participated one year but dropped it the next.
Although I won’t be using the prompts, I will be using the “one little word” to focus, meditate and dream upon this year. This year, my one little word is:
I need to be more consistent in my blogging both in frequency and content, and to be consistently active in my social media channels and in posting relative content.
So, where and how do I start? Well first I need to assess the tasks that I want to accomplish through the year that is in line with my one little word, Consistency. What I have so far is the following:
Consistently follow an editorial calendar for both of my blogs.
Consistently develop blog ideas and follow through with the research of those blog ideas.
Consistently conduct genealogy research to use as a source of blog story ideas.
Be consistently active in my social media channels.
Be consistent with my marketing efforts.
So, do you have a “one little word?” Comment and let me know.
The start of Day Two started differently than the first day. One of the things I vowed to do on this trip was to have some fun. It’s not every day I am in Missouri so I wanted to play tourist and do touristy things, see the sights and have delicious food. In researching some of the tourist spots, I found that I wanted to see the Gateway Arch. I not only wanted to see it but I wanted to go up to the top and see St. Louis from that vantage point. In researching visiting the Arch, I found that due to the construction and the sprucing up of the Gateway Arch for their 50th Anniversary, each person who goes to the top must have a timed ticket. I also found through reviews from others who have visited already, that going in the morning was better than later in a possibly hot day. So, I purchased my ticket for 9:10am on Tuesday, May 12th. When I drove, I didn’t realize that traffic would be so bad, it made me late to my assigned time, but they let me up. It was so AWESOME!
Here are the pictures I took from my visit to the Gateway Arch:
I also visited the Old Courthouse. I love old buildings and this one didn’t disappoint. I love the paintings and decorations on the domed ceiling. Here are the pictures:
By this time, I had bags of souviners for my family back home and was getting hungry. I headed to a sushi place called the Drunken Fish. Their sushi was really good and the service was top notch. My waiter, David, was the best too! The Drunken Fish was in the entertainment center that was next door to the Busch Stadium, home of the Cardinals baseball team. Now, I am a born and bred Dodger fan, but their stadium was a really nice one. I loved the look of the black wrought iron and red brick. I really tied in with the teams colors and was just pretty to look at! Here are the pictures I took of Busch Stadium.
After all of this walking, I decided to head to my very last cemetery that I had planned to visit. Then it happened. On the way to the parking structure where I had my rental car parked, I tripped on some uneven sidewalk and sprained my ankle. In the process I also broke the handle off a coffee mug that I purchased, but we were able to repair it. Now, I have sprained both of my ankles several times in my lifetime but this time was the worse I have ever sprained it and it was the most painful.
Now, do you think that this stopped me from going to the last cemetery of this trip? Heck No, I am a hard-core genealogist to the bone! I did go to the last cemetery on my list, Valhalla Cemetery. Here I found my husband’s paternal grandfather and his paternal great Aunt who past away at 13. When I went to the office, the kind lady behind the desk was very helpful in helping me locate the burial plots. She did tell me that the records show that both the grandfather and great Aunt had no markers, but she told me the last name of the person they were buried next to. She was so detailed in her instructions that I found them in no time. I did search the other tombstones surrounding my husband’s grandfather and great Aunt and I found a few more family members. I came to Missouri to find a list of family member’s burial plots, couldn’t find one, but found three new ones! It was a great trip. Here are the pictures from Vahalla Cemetery:
All in all, it was a fun trip. I found most of what I was looking for and although I sprained my ankle; I had a great time in Missouri!
It took me a while to find my husband’s 2nd great grandfather and his 3rd great aunt. In the front, I can see a few of the newer upright markers so I decided to start all the way in the back and work my way forward. It turns out to be fruitful on the third row. I first found his 2nd great aunt, Frances N. (Stanard) Raymo then I see it, I see his 2nd great grandfather’s tombstone, but it looks awfully short. I took a closer look and realized that it was buried. All I could see was a pair of hands. I pulled the ground away a little to verify that it was 2nd great grandfather and I see that the name was H.T. Stanard, yup, I found him!!! Here are some pictures from that cemetery find.
After this cemetery, I headed on down to Brookfield, MO to visit Rose Hill Cemetery. At this cemetery my husband has several family members. He has his Great-grandfather and Great-grandmother, James Hutton and Louisa Jane (Salsberry) Stanard.
My husband’s first cousin once removed, James Francis and Virgina Mae (Decker) Stanard.
My husband’s Grand Uncle Elbert Mortimer and his 2nd wife Floy Ann (Stone) Stanard.
There was another Grand Uncle by the name of Logan Dewitt Stanard, and although the Sexton of the cemetery told me where his plot was located, I couldn’t find it. I’m wondering if there was no marker for his plot? Hmmmm, maybe. This road trip took longer than I expected, a whole 11 hours, but it was so well worth it!!
Stay tuned for Day two of my adventures in genealogy coming up.
Along with others who received their notifications today, I got my e-mail stating that I was an official social media press for the NGS Family History Conference in St. Charles, MO. The e-mail said that I could pick one of the badges that they have available, a blogger badge or a social media press badge. Well…I thought about it and I decided that I plan on doing both, so I put up both badges on the right side of my page.
One of the main things I learned from my NGS trip in Vegas a few years ago was that, when the internet is not available, I could always tweet or post on Facebook my conference activities from my mobile phone. I really enjoyed tweeting and posting on Facebook during this time and plan on doing that again this year along with posting on my website daily during the conference and for the few days before when I plan on conducting cemetery research (crossing my fingers).
I am so excited to go and to do some research on my husband’s family, see my geneabuddies again, and learn new genealogy concepts. Comment and let me know if your going. I would love to meet new geneabuddies!!!