I had expected to accomplish a lot on my genealogy list today, but time just got away from me.
The first thing I did this morning, after my chores was to watch Stella Dallas, a 1937 film based off a Novel written by Olive Higgins Prouty. The leading actress was Barbara Stanwick. The setting took place in Millhampton, Massachusetts in 1919. The reason I chose to view this film, was because I am currently reading Pencil Shavings, Memoirs by Olive Higgins Prouty. The book was suggested to me by Olive’s grand-niece, and the film was discussed in the introduction of the book. I mentioned in my last post that my Cully family worked in the Higgins home, and I am researching the Higgins family in hopes to learn more about my family.
This morning I had the opportunity to go on air and speak with Preacherman of the online radio KLMT103.com. I was asked to speak about last Friday’s Pencil Portrait Unveiling of my late-father Walter J. Porter at the WJP Elementary School. Our family, Community and foundation donated 3 portraits to the school as many of the children really had no idea who Walter was, even though the school was named after him. A news Article in our local Voice & Viewpoint can be read by going to this link, Walter J. Porter Portraits Unveiled..
Towards the end of the day, I went to the mailbox and a large manila envelope with the ten death certificates I ordered from the Secretary of State, Baton Rouge, LA arrived. I read each certificate and began doing some research with them and added some of the info into my family tree. One of the Certificate of Death documents I was excited about was my paternal grandfather’s Harrison Porter. The new information I received from the document was the name of the Plantation my grandfather sharecropped on, “Brown’s Plantation”. I also learned where he was buried, at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Lake Providence, East Carroll, Louisiana. I began looking up the new information, but am discovering that it is going to take some time. I posted to a few genealogy walls, and am now waiting for some responses.
To top my evening off, I listened to Geneabloggers Radio. The discussion for the night was “Do Books Still Matter in Genealogy?” This was a great discussion. I enjoy reading books, but I also have a Nook. I know things are going electronic, but I don’t think the e-books are going to wipe out the use and need for paper books.
To end my night, I will read a few chapters in the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. I am finding this autobiography emotional, and enlightening.