As we sailed down to Thistle Beach and the Beach Party, we found out that this was the first Beach Party they had ever attended. With them being charter members of Windycrest, there had been a lot of beach parties held in the many years since the club was formed.
As we neared Thistle Beach and needed to anchor, Joe jumped up and went up on the bow to drop the anchor. We got anchored and shortly the Windycrest shuttle boat came alongside to take us to the beach. We had chairs, big cooler, blue tarp and who knows what else to take and the Beckers had their small thermos.
When we got to the beach, we laid down the blue tarp and set up the two chairs and had them sit down to enjoy the evening. We briefed them on the charcoal fire they had in the sand to cook dinner and the beer and pop they had brought over for everybody. Joe got the hot dogs cooked and they set in the chairs while everyone came by to visit and say “hi”. It appeared they had an enjoyable evening at their first Beach Party.
When it was time to go, we loaded up in the shuttle boat and they took us back to the boat. Again, Joe jumped up and went up on the bow to retrieve the anchor and we were sails up and sailing back to Windycrest. Just after we got the sails up, Joe said something about always listening to the “Big Band Saturday Night” program on one of our local FM stations. We turned on the raidio and had the the “Big Band Saturday Night” program on all the way to Windycrest.
It was a great night for a Beach Party and we had an even better time with Joe and Gerry with us for their first Beach Party. The sail was great back to our slip and with the big band music playing in the background, what could be better than sailing and music.]]>
One of the best approaches to dealing with a “dead-end” is to learn all you can about the subject’s family, neighbors, and associates. If you can’t find much on him, maybe you can learn more from the records, or the descendants, of his brother.
Also, we will be covering court records tomorrow and land records next week. Land especially will likely be the way that you can learn more about your ancestor. I would recommend that you study Marsha Hoffman Rising’s book if you haven’t already. The title is The Family Tree Problem Solver. Tried-and-True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors, and the Tulsa City County Library has four copies that are not checked out (as well as several copies of an earlier work with almost the same name).
I am a big fan of the US Federal Census for researching. While it isn’t always accurate, it can help solve some puzzles – such as your grandfather living with his uncle. When I first started genealogy research we didn’t have a nationwide index and had to search one state at a time! See you in class tomorrow.