Updated finding aids

Apologies for not posting in so long. As I recently popped in and said, things are changing and my time is very limited. It won’t be too much longer before I get back on track.

I spent a little time today going through some additional materials I found and filing them accordingly. As a result, I do have an updated Pittman, Dickens, Thomas, Yarborough aid, and I have created two new ones: Smith, Strickland, Ratcliffe, Benfield is finally up, and I have started one for my in-law family, Jones, Cindrich.

Excited to get back to this project…

A separate, mini-project…

I wanted to curate a separate collection of the letters to/from my grandmother. She was my pen-pal for my whole childhood and early adult life. Some of the letters I wrote her when I was younger are really embarrassing to read today, but I put them in the collection nonetheless. She gave them all to me a few years before she passed away. She wanted to scrapbook them, but she never really got that into scrapbooking. (I did, for a while there, but I never wanted to use glue on these letters!)

I made a virtual album. I finished it in early February, just in time for her birthday (February 9th). And today, March 7, is the fourth anniversary of her passing. Time flies. I still have a hard time believing she’s gone, sometimes…

Merry T. Pittman ("GrandMerry"), left. Joy Jones (Myself), midde.  Dorothy Margaret Ratcliffe Smith ("Granny"), right. 2006, Joy's Bridal Shower.
Merry T. Pittman (“GrandMerry”), left. Joy Jones (Myself), midde. Dorothy Margaret Ratcliffe Smith (“Granny”), right.
2006, Joy’s Bridal Shower.

Today’s post is (hesitantly) a link to the letter album:

Dear Granny…

Moose / Mussgnug

A few weeks ago, I discovered a convoluted and distant familial relation with a coworker’s wife, just through casual conversation: His wife’s aunt married my great-grandfather’s cousin. (Or was it nephew? I had worked it out and am too lazy now to go back and look because it doesn’t really matter). This branch of my family was from the Taylorsville/Statesville area of North Carolina, which is where her family still lives. That coworker brought me a newspaper from Taylorsville, though it’s all modern news and people I don’t know anything about, but still kind of neat.

Today, I walked up on that same coworker having a conversation about his German heritage and the meaning of his surname (“unruly”) and I once again brought up my Taylorsville folks: The Mussgnugs. He asked what it meant, and I had to look it up. I honestly never thought about it. Some genealogist I am.

Instead of scanning today, I’m linking to this information about the Mussgnugs. The author takes a stab at what he thinks Mussgnug translates to from German, but instead, I took “Muss” and “Genug” and plopped them into Google Translate. The result: “Has Enough.” I’ll interpret that as saying my folks came from humble and modest background.

There’s a brief history on the Mussgnug/Mussgenug/Moose family here. My Mooses came from Anthony Moose in Taylorsville.