Friday, September 19, 2014

Funeral Program Friday - Cousin Doris

On March 23rd, our family lost another of my mother's paternal first cousins, Doris Hosch Pulliam Greer.

In the past few years, partly thanks to me, mom and Cousin Doris had reconnected and were constantly calling each other. I too looked forward to being around Cousin Doris. She was a dear and sweet older cousin and if she was able, would do anything she could to help.

She was just as crazy about her nieces and nephews as she was her own children, grandchildren and great grands, and I swear she probably knew each and every one of her approximately 100 nieces and nephews.

On the back of the funeral one of the pictures included in the program is of Cousin Doris and Mom (in the blue T-shirt and hat).


Funeral Card Friday is part of an ongoing series that was started by Dee of Funeral Cards & Genealogy.

Cousin Doris' Funeral Program is part of my personal collection. In posting Cousin Doris' Program, I chose to black the location of members of her family.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday's Obituary - Gwendolyn Hosch Hunter

This past year, my mother lost three of her remaining four first cousins on my grandfather's side of the family. Today and again on upcoming Funeral Program Friday(s), I will post about these three women. Two of whom my mother was very close to.

Sunday's Obituary is a weekly blogging meme that was started by Leslie Ann of Ancestors Live Here.

Gwendolyn H. Hunter

MOCKSVILLE - Gwendolyn Hosch Hunter, 82, died Nov. 20, 2013, 

in Taylorsville.

Mrs. Hunter is survived by son John Hunter of Detroit; two daughters, 

Carolyn and Renee Hunter of Detroit; brother Graham Hosch of
Mocksville; and two sisters, Doris Greer of Salisbury and 
Bernice Peebles of Winston-Salem.

Service: 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 in the chapel of Graham Funeral Home,

Mocksville. Rev. Shirley Timmons will officiate and burial will 
follow in Boxwood Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Visitation: The family will receive friends 30 minutes before the service.

Graham Funeral Home of Mocksville is serving the family.

Published in Salisbury Post on Nov. 22, 2013

The obituary for cousin Gwendolyn was obtained via

Monday, September 1, 2014

Motivation Monday - September 2014 Goals

You know, since my father died in 2011, I've found myself on several occasions declaring I was ready to get back to my research. I can't guarantee that this time will be any different than those previous attempts to find my way back to the research and blogging but it feels like something is finally happening.

For one, while attending the funeral of my Aunt Dorothy this past weekend, I actually grabbed my camera and took it with me to photograph the tombstones of relatives that I knew were buried in this particular cemetery. So, I'm praying, hopping and taking that as a sign that I'm finally back.

So, let's try once again, to set a few monthly goals and yes most all of these are the same ones from back in April.


  1. Write a minimum of two posts for the month.

  1.  Get Office / Craft Room back in order. Unlike back in April, I can at least move around in the room, and I have done some decluttering / organization since April but there is still a lot to do to get the room back in order. Goal Date: September 6, 2014
  2. Organize and make sure citations are in order for the individual folders that I have for myself and my parents. Goal Date: September 27, 2014


  1. Read Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies by David H. Streets. I purchased this book last year but can't remember if I ever got around to reading it. Since I'm back to this time period on most of my lines, I'm hoping that this reading will help me develop other approaches in finding my enslaved ancestors. Goal Date: September 20, 2014
I should add that I did get part of one goal from my April Goals accomplished, which was doing the Patriclan Test from African Ancestry on my Maternal Grandfather's line. I received the results this past week and will hopefully reveal them during the upcoming week.