April 28, 2006

Chadron Coffey Cousins' Convention

We are now into the first full day of meeting and greeting old and new friends who are attending the 23th annual CC Convention.
This year we are meeting in beautiful,if rural Chadron , in the Nebraska panhandle.

There are 30+ in attendance with some coming from as far away as Virginia.

The weather had been a concern, but daytime temperatures have been in the high 60's with plenty of blue sky.

Chadron is a town of a bit more than 5000 people. It is somewhat of a tourist area with plenty of motels and other facilities that we travellers need and require.

If fear of bad weather and/or bad roads kept you away this year, then you fretted in vain, and have missed a great opportunity to see a beautiful part of our great country, not to mention meeting some wonderful Coffey Cousins.

I hope to be back at my regular keyboard by early June. In the meantime I'm typing this on my new Dell Axim X51v handheld computer.

[Edited to show correct anniversary. The 25th Anniversary will be celebrated at the 2008 convention in Virginia]

April 4, 2006

I'll be away for awhile!

My wife and I will be leaving in a few days for a week of camping with friends. After than we will entertain grandkids for a week or so over Easter. Then, it's off to the Coffey Cousins' Convention in Chadron, NE.

A nearly life-long friend with whom I served in the US Army in the late '60s will be joining us in Nebraska. From there we will motor home through the Rockies and the Bitterroots enroute to his home in Oregon. Several cousins from my maternal side also live in Oregon, and I'm looking forward to meeting them. I'm not sure when we'll make the return trip, but it probably won't be before the first week in June.

As a result of all this, I'll be away from the blog for about a month. I'll still be able to receive e-mail when I can find a wi-fi connection, but if you need to send me photos or large files, please hold them until I let you know I'm back home.

Until then....Cheers!

Jack

April 2, 2006

Watauga Co., NC

Are you researching in Watauga Co., North Carolina?

The New River Notes website touts itself as a "Historical and Genealogical Resources for the Upper New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia." Information in the title header says that it has been on-line since 1998. I haven't checked the entire New River site; only the Watauga Co. pages that can be reached by clicking on the title link.

The page is divided into a number of sections: Historical Files, Agriculture, Arts, Biography, Business Links, Cemeteries, Churches and Religions, Education, Environment, Genealogy, Geography and Geology, Government, Historic Places, Medicine, Miscellaneous Links, Museums, Newspapers, Parks, Photographs, and Towns and Communities.

To give an idea of what can be found under Historical Files: The capture and rescue of Benjamin Cleveland; county records inventory, History of Watauga, 1849-1870; NC Civil War Homepage; 27th NC Troops 1861-1865.

Files in the Genealogy section include a link to Watauga County, NC Roots; Coffey Cousins' (nice of them to include us!), Descendants of Samuel McQueen, and several others.

Towns and Communities includes Blowing Rock, Boone, and Cove Creek.

The site promises a lot of information.

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