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1940 US Census – “What’s buzzin’, cousin?”

What’s buzzin‘, cousin?” was a popular saying in the 1940′s meaning “what’s up?” or “what’s happening”. Well what’s buzzin`, cousin is that April 2, 2012 is the release date for the 1940 US Census records.  What a wealth of information will be at our fingertips. The 1940 US Census contains 132.2 million people living in 37.2 million housing units! Some of the new information you will have access to are residence five years ago, income, detailed information on unemployment, highest level of school, etc. And what an opportunity for all of us to be a part of this historic release. You see, once released, the census is not index…that’s where you come in.  FamilySearch is, in part, sponsoring a volunteer effort to index the 1940 US census once the records are released. Become a part of history through a group called the 1940 US Census Community Project. This is where each and every one of you can volunteer to assist in the critical indexing of the census!  You don’t have to be an expert and you can index as little or as much as you want. I’ve joined up to be both an Ambassador and to help index. So come join the fun and let’s get this census indexed as quickly as possible so that they will be available to all and easy to search!

Posted in Family History, Jackson, Stewart

Wedding Wednesday – Jackson/Stewart

Ralph Stewart
Besse J. Jackson

Ralph Stewart & Besse J. Jackson, married December 19, 1906 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In 1906 a young man [Ralph Stewart], heeding the Railroads’ encouragement to populate the West and Government’s promise of homesteads, loaded all of his possessions – wagon, buggy, household goods, teams, cow feed, water and farm implements – into an “immigrant” railroad car in which he rode as caretaker for the stock, and left Oklahoma for his destination, Estancia, then in New Mexico Territory.

In December his Uncle, accompanied by his fiancée [Besse J. Jackson] from Newkirk, arrived by train in Santa Fe where the young couple were married.  After living a year northeast of Estancia they moved northwest of Mountainair and filed on a homestead near some old friends from Newkirk, Oklahoma.”

portion of transcript written by my maternal grandmother, Letha Rae Stewart Stephens on her memories of her parents.

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Family Recipe Friday – Summer Lime Chicken

This recipe has been a favorite of my family for many years!  The best part is that we actually have a lime tree in the garden and grow our own cilantro…so this recipe is always a summer favorite.  Enjoy!

Summer Lime Chicken

4-6 boneless chicken breasts, skinned
1/3 cup olive oil
Juice of 3 limes
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

Combine olive oil, lime juice, garlic, etc in a bowl. Place chicken in marinating dish or large resealable plastic freezer bag and pour mixture over chicken. Marinate for at least 1 hour (I marinate this all day). Cook on grill until done.

Posted in Family History, Pyatt, Stephens

Wedding Wednesday – Stephens/Pyatt

This is the wedding announcement for my parents that appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on June 5, 1947.

The announcement indicates that this pose was created “all in fun, of course”.  Little did my parents realize then…but this turned out to be the only posed picture of the two of them together!  I have included below a better copy of the above picture…