Family History and Roots

I have played in our family history for probably 20 – years on and off.

The truth of the matter is on my side of the family its all been done and published in two different books.

“The Hogan Family of Hogansville” is a hardback book that goes back to Ireland and then into Georgia it is 487 pages and was published in 1999.

The second book is the “Tumlin” book it’s in a large spiral-bound binder broken down into sections and subfamily names and groups. It is at least 500 pages maybe more.

I admire my family that did both of these books long before there was any internet. Can you imagine all the writing letters to relatives to put the pieces together.

Can you imagine typing all this stuff up with the brackets to connect family and have it all published?

I even have about 10 pages of handwritten Family history from a great aunt of mine on the Hogan side of the family. She was so sweet to include me with her family history information over 20 years ago.

I am thankful I have the books that go with my family history and grateful for all the hard work my ancestors put into this. It sure would have been easier for them all with ancestry.com.

All I have to do now is update the books in the special sections for our family from 1999 in the Hogan book and 2000 in the Tumlin book. Then our part of the family is all caught up.

Everyone needs to remember if your lucky enough to have such books published in your family remember to update the proper sections.

 

Retirement and our future

My husband is going to retire early next year & we are both pretty excited about this new phase in our life.

We are trying to figure out where we want to live & what we want to do with all our time.

The Texas hill country has always been a place we have dreamed about moving someday but now we have other options.

Georgia is a beautiful state and has some nice temperatures and the winters are not bad. The weather there is similiar to Texas but its not as hot as it here.The housing market is quite a bit cheaper than Texas. I think it is one of the top 10 retirement states. I think Georgia might win out over Texas lol.

There are lots of other states we like but the winters are to cold and we are quite spoiled to not having much of a winter.

We have loved working in our yard planting all the trees, grass and doing all the landscaping, and most years we had a garden. We raised our family here but now everyone has their own family and is spread out across Texas except our youngest son who lives in North Carolina.

Our yard is beautifully landscaped we have 38+-year-old oak trees and we love it here but it is time for a change it is time to move on.

We would have moved 10 – 12 years ago but family obligations kept us here. Now that those obligations are no longer in the picture we get to put ourselves first. I can honestly say we have never done that before and its starting to feel pretty good.

Lucky for us the housing market in our area is great so there should be no problem selling our house & getting a premium price for it.

We love the idea of a small-town atmosphere that is about 15 – 20 minutes from a bigger town for doctors, groceries, and supplies.

It would be nice to have a good view of something whether it be mountains, forest, hills or water. I think it would be nice to live on a lake or a river but in a non flooding area. It must have lots of mature trees with plenty of shade. Several porches would be nice a place to have coffee and listen to the birds sing.

We are looking for country living with a view on about 5 – 10 acres that is quiet and peaceful but surrounded by nature & wildlife.

 

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