Monday, June 29, 2015

HF Book #3 Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe

I am two months behind and have seven books to read before the end of the year. Considering it is June you would think I have all the time in the world to read seven books - especially since I am on vacation. I just know I need to push myself and stop procrastinating.


So, I have read all three books in Mr. Achebe's trilogy. This last book explains how Nigeria went from a Pagan nation into Christianity through the 'miscalculation' of the tribal priest. It shows the life of the tribal priest and his responsibilities and the different problems that came about and how he dealt with these problems with his tribe, sons and wives.

How my Grandmother, Gladys McFarland met my Grandfather, Roosevelt Sanders

How my Grandmother, Gladys McFarland met my Grandfather, Roosevelt Sanders:
My grandmother lived in Bee Branch, Arkansas.  She went to Haytown, Missouri to pick cotton. She lived with her sister, Vanilla in a large community house which bordered cotton pickers. While she was picking cotton an young man introduced himself. He asked her to marry him. She said she was engaged. After the cotton picking season was over she went back home. The young man and she corresponded back and forth. He asked if she could visit her. She confided with her step-mother Mama T. Mama T said the visit should be okay with her father. Then she prayed to God and ask to see the man she should marry dress in white. When she dreamt she saw this young man dressed in all white. He wrote to her father and asked not only for a visit but her hand in marriage. He came on a Sunday afternoon and talked to her father. Or rather her father drilled him up and down. But he gave his consent. The next day,  Monday,  they went to Conway, Arkansas and was married by her cousin.
     They moved to Haytown, Mo. and lived with his Mom. Gladys' brother,  Vincent was living with his wife in St. Louis,  Mo. He told Gladys that she should move there. But her husband mother was very sick and he did not want to leave her. So they decided that Gladys would stay and try out St. Louis for two months. After the two months Roosevelt put his mother in a home and moved to St. Louis with his wife, Gladys.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

HF#2 No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe

Finished the second book in the trilogy No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe. Very insightful concerning Nigeria cultural. It has some very interesting themes to ponder. Some of the themes are the conflicts experienced between traditional values vs modern ideas vs cultural differences.

Friday, April 3, 2015

HF Book#1 Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

A good read about the life of an African tribesmen and his fellow villagers before Europeans arrived as missionaries in North Africa.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

I have entered the 2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge hosted by Passages to the Past blog. I picked the Renaissance Reader - 10 books. My first book is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. I want to concentrate on the continent of Africa.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I'm in Georgia

I've gone back all the way to the 1900's in Arkansas' census and then I went into the state of Georgia. There is a major problem with the 1890's census. There are none or close to none. Everything was burn. So I had to go back to the 1880's to continue my research.

More to come.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Census Reports

I decided to view the census backwards going from 1930 back as far as I could go. I was able to go back to 1900's. Sometimes even with all the technology available in today's world I still needed paper and pencil to write down each family I found. And then I was able to compare each census year side by side to detect if there were any discrepancies or anomalies.

My first observation was that it was near impossible to detect a child's death if they were born and died between census. This is where oral history is extremely important. Oral history also helped out when there were twins involved and one did not survive.

Another problem is when people fell off the census reports. This occurred if they got married and moved away or worst if they were single and such moved away. Very rarely did I see one person living by themselves on the Census reports. I have four people that I need to track down who disappeared from the 1930's census but had been on the 1920's census. One lady I know married but I do not know her husband's last name and where they moved to. All her sisters and brothers had stayed in the same area and therefore you saw them on the next census with their husbands. The other three were men who stayed single for the rest of their lives but I don't know where they were living in the 1930's.

All interesting stuff and a lot of detective work.