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The Beginning of My Genealogy Journey

I have had an interest in genealogy for over 20 years.  I have been researching my family history off and on since I was going through some photos with my grandmother and realized that many of the photos weren’t identified.  These turned out to be my 2nd Great-Grandparents and other family members.
There was one picture which really provided a contrast in that it did have the people identified.  It showed my dad as a small child holding a chicken with my great-grandparents in the background on the porch.  (At least, I think it is my great-grandparents because although my dad is identified by his childhood nickname as buster, the people on the porch are not identified.)  The writing on the back of the photo says  “Buster holding chicken”.  So my family felt the need to make sure that everyone knew it was a chicken we don’t need to identify the people in the background!

Meet My Grandparents

This packrat has learned that what the next generation will value most is not what we owned, but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we loved. In the end, it's the family stories that are worth the storage.
-Ellen Goodman, The Boston Globe

Sherman and Ruth Lawrence Treat taken at our home in Green Forest, Arkansas in 1980s

Grandma and Grandpa Treat

Sherman and Ruth (Lawrence) Treat

My Mom's parents were residents of the Northeast Arkansas area until the early 1960s when they moved to Northwest Arkansas where they would remain for the rest of their lives.  Grandpa Treat was a farmer for Tyson Foods.  When they first lived in Northwest Arkansas, they lived on Don 1 Farm in Springdale where they would remain until the mid 1980s.  From there, they would move to several other farms before retiring to a house on Poplar Street in Rogers Arkansas.  Grandma was a homemaker who loved to quilt and crochet.

Thompson CH and Gwen Stout Thompson 04

Grandma and Grandpa Thompson

Crawford Herman (CH) and Gwendolyn (Stout) Thompson

My Dad's parents were lifelong residents of Northwest Arkansas.  Grandpa Thompson worked for many years and RTW as a machinist while Grandma was a homemaker.  They both loved hunting and fishing and their grandchildren.  Grandma also loved crafting and crocheting.

See if you can identify an of the people in my unidentified photos gallery!

If you are related or knew my family, take a look at my unidentified photos gallery and let me know if you can identify them or give me any clues to their identities....