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.
Last month, my sisters and I went to NAMM Show 2014. NAMM stands for the National Association of Merchant Musicians. It is a trade show for the music industry. One of my sisters works for Yamaha, musical instrument division, and she gets us tickets to the NAMM Show every year. My sisters and I love that we get to spend this time together and we all are aware of the musical traits that run in our family.
Growing up, we all new that we had musicians in our family. My uncle Benny on my mom’s side of the family always brought his guitar to the family functions and it was always a certainty that when they started drinking and smoking around the table, he would bring it out and my uncle, along with my mom and other aunts and uncles would start singing their favorite Spanish songs.
It always warms my heart, as I walk around the trade show floor at the NAMM Show, looking at instruments knowing that in my blood runs the musical traits of my ancestors. Here is the list of musically inclined family members that I know of.
Benny Sanchez – Musician/Singer – My Uncle
Vincent Diaz – Musician/Guitarist – My cousin. Vince has been playing guitar since we were teenagers. I know that in the past, he has built custom guitars too.
Luna Cousins – Musicians & Singers – My Luna cousins who formed a band and played at several of our family reunions.
My Grandfather, My Grand-Uncle, and My Great-Grandfather – Musicians/Singers – They would travel from Mexico to the local clubs and bars in the boarder states to perform. My grandfather played the flute, my grand-uncle played violin and my great-grandfather played the harp.
Darlene Luna – Musician/Singer – One of my cousins from the above mentioned group of cousins who went solo. She currently performs with a band. You can find her Facebook profile here.
Joey Luna – Musician/Singer – Another cousin from the above mentioned group of cousins that went solo. He plays the trumpet, saxophone and flute. He even has the flute that my grandfather played. You can see his professional Facebook profile here.
Composer – A great-uncle on my mom’s side who composed music for the Teatro Lyrical in Mexico City in 1600. (According to my mom’s genealogy research. She researched her side of the family while I did my dad’s.)
Patricia Stanard (Me) – Singer/Guitarist wannabe – I started singing in my 6th grade choir and haven’t stopped since. I currently volunteer with a choral group at work and in the past we have put on two shows a year (a spring show and one for Christmas) for our fellow employees. Due to budget constraints however, the past few years we have only put on a Christmas show. My fellow employees and I volunteer our time for rehearsal and for the actual show time. When we are putting on a spring show, we have stayed after work and come in on Saturdays for rehearsals. Every now and then, I will pick up my guitar and practice it.
I am sure that there are even more family members who are musically inclined that I don’t know about. It is amazing to me that so many musically inclined individuals are in my family tree!
Are there any musically inclined ancestors in your tree? Comment and let me know!