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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Blogging since 1999



Today (16 March 2011) marks the 3rd anniversary of the day I started blogging here on blogger as benotforgot . . . two years ago, on my 2nd blogiversary, I wrote about some of my blog firsts in THIS post . . . but . . . if you go by the following definition of a blog, I guess you could say I've been blogging since 1999 . . .



blog - website that allows users to reflect, share opinions, and discuss various topics in the form of an online journal while readers may comment on posts. . . . Entries typically appear in reverse chronological order.

1999 is the year I started setting up various free surname-specific sites at myfamily . com* . . . and I was basically doing there exactly what I do now . . . when myfamily . com* started charging for their sites a few years later, most of my individual blogs were allowed to sort of fade away . . . sponsors did step forward for a few of those sites . . . and the links below show which of my surname-specific blogs at myfamily . com* are still [as of 2011] alive and well . . . [*myfamily . com is defunct as of 2014]





  • rockdale . myfamily . com
    27 April 1999
    posted 1st news item
  • robertsgill . myfamily . com
    15 June 1999
    posted 1st news item
  • nettleswest . myfamily . com
    26 June 1999
    posted 1st news item
  • usmississippians . myfamily . com
    28 June 1999
    posted 1st news item
  • benotforgot . myfamily . com
    04 January 2000
    posted 1st news item
  • rhs1970 . myfamily . com
    30 July 2000
    posted 1st history item
  • journal . myfamily . com
    08 January 2001
    posted 1st news item
  • gonetotexas . myfamily . com
    11 September 2001
    posted 1st news item
  • bencoracing . proboards . com
    August 2003 is when I started "blogging" at proboards to keep track of my late husband's racing results [retired]
  • benotforgot . proboards . com
    January 2004 [retired]
  • gonetotexas.proboards.com
    October 2004 is when I set up a proboards site for the purpose of posting about my genealogy on a site that was NOT password-protected . . .
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  • benotforgot.blogspot.com
    aka benotforgot.com
    16 March 2008 is when I started posting on this blog about some of my ancestors . . .
  • benotforgot-calendar.blogspot.com
    14 March 2009
  • rockdale-myhometown.blogspot.com
    24 April 2009
  • benotforgot-journal.blogspot.com
    16 January 2010
  • benotforgot-photos.blogspot.com
    07 January 2011

So . . . while I've only been here on blogger for four years now . . . by the definition given above, I've actually been blogging for 13 years . . . with no plans to stop any time soon . . . e-y'all later . . . Vickie E. . . .






Wednesday, March 02, 2011

1936 :: Texas Centennial




Seventy-five years ago today . . . on this date in Texas history . . . the 2nd day of March . . . in the year 1936 . . . celebrations are being held across the state in honor of the 100th anniversary of Texas Independence.


My Mom . . . the daughter of a long line of Texans on her father's side, and an even longer line of Mainers on her mother's side . . . was four years old . . . and living in Massachusetts with her widowed father and maternal grandma . . . her paternal grandparents were living in Runnels County, Texas . . . she had no living great-grandparents . . . Mom would take up permanent residence in Texas sometime before 1940.


My father . . . whose ancestors had started arriving in Texas ca. 1860 . . . was an eight-year-old living in Lee County, Texas . . . with his parents and one sister and a brand-new baby brother . . . his widowed maternal grandma and his paternal grandparents were living in the same area, as well as one great-grandma . . . a great-grandpa was living in Coke County, Texas at the time . . .





FYI . . . the background image is a free blogger template . . . the Centennial banner is scanned from a 1936 Centennial newsletter in my private collection . . . the postage stamps were issued in 1936 (Centennial) and 1945 (statehood) . . . the postcard caption for the lighted night scene says . . . The lagoon and fountain at night, Texas Centennial Exposition, Dallas . . . the back of the same card says . . . The Lagoon and Fountain at Night, all artificially built, with its ever-changing colors and reflections, shows what can be accomplished by mere man with just a little effort. . . . the card was printed by the Dallas Post Card Co., Dallas, Texas . . .





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