Wednesday, November 04, 2015

What are you trying to say??

It's been 18 months since I last posted? Well, I've gone longer.

This morning I learned that a distant cousin of my great grandmother Alice Johnson Keen was killed at Iwo Jima on 27 February 1945. A sergeant in the Marine Corps, he died of his wounds aboard the USS Barrow. That makes the event much more personal to me than it ever had been before. May God bless these brave young men who faced horrific fighting, bloodshed and loss. Freedom isn't free. Though most of them are gone now, their sacrifice will live on forever.

23 February 1945, Iwo Jima
Photo credit: Joe Rosenthal

On a much, much lighter note: on the blog sidebar, I have placed a countdown clock for the release of the 1950 census. Only six and a half more years! I'm excited to see my parents as little children with their families, and also for all the changes in this census - information that will or won't be included, as well as the changes in technology that will make its viewing possible. How much changed between the 1930 and 1940 census releases! This little thing called "The Internet" has improved things vastly (she said understatedly).

If anyone is still reading this, awesome, thanks. May your genealogy endeavors bear sweet and plentiful fruit.