Shipbuilding in Mississippi during WWII

Life during WWII was very different from today – [vintage film & pictures]

(Memorial Day seems a good time to remember what life was like in 1942) I Remember December 7th by Dorothy Graham Gast “Pearl Harbor has been bombed. Many ships were damaged or sunk” was the alert that interrupted the Sunday … Read More

About Dorothy Graham Gast

Dorothy Gast lives in Romulus, Alabama on the Graham family farm. She taught in Tuscaloosa County Schools for nearly 30 years. She has a "Mine, yours, and Ours" family. She has volunteered in numerous organizations after her husband's eight year struggle with Alzheimers' ended. See more of Dorothy Graham Gast stories at http://grahamgasthistory.blogspot.com/2010_05_01_archive.html She helped organize a volunteer fire department after she was 60 and served as board secretary and nationally certified firefighter after extensive training. Her attempts to get the community reading failed, but she contributed books to the new Sipsey Valley high school from the library in her home friends helped her establish. She is known locally by the silhouettes she cuts free hand of children. She began to write nostalgia stories after a grandson asked her to write down the stories often told at family events.

tennessee map

Much of Tennessee’s land was granted illegally and later taken away

One thing that is always fun in genealogy is the interesting history facts one runs across while doing research. When I researched my family tree, I always wondered why families would move from one state to another, especially after they … Read More

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.   She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) is the continuation of the story. She is currently working on the next book in the series. For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

Barker Cotton mill

I trace family history so I will know whom to blame

Searching through records in dark attics and basements and wandering through old cemeteries for a trace of an elusive ancestor can be challenging. A good laugh now and then always helps. Here are a few of my favorites.   Genealogist … Read More

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.   She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) is the continuation of the story. She is currently working on the next book in the series. For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

sick historic

1880s tips on avoiding illness – how times and ideas have changed

Here are some suggestions of how to keep well from an 1880’s cookbook on keeping well. Some of these could apply today. Don’t sleep in a draught. Don’t go to bed with cold feet. Don’t stand over hot-air registers. Don’t … Read More

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.   She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) is the continuation of the story. She is currently working on the next book in the series. For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

Interior_of_the_post_office_in_Sulligent_Alabama

[vintage pics] This Alabama county was established, abolished and went through three name transitons

First known as Jones County Known as Jones County, being named in honor of E. P. Jones, of Fayette County, Alabama. Its territory was taken from Marion and Fayette Counties. By an act of November 13, 1867, the county was … Read More

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.   She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) is the continuation of the story. She is currently working on the next book in the series. For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

Ft Stoddert sign

The first newspaper in Alabama was published in 1811 at Fort Stoddert before Alabama was a state

Did you know on May 23, 1811…. The first newspaper in Alabama, The Mobile Centinel, was published at Fort Stoddert.  You can read the 2nd edition of the Mobile Centinel published on May 30, 1811 in a digital format at The … Read More

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.   She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) is the continuation of the story. She is currently working on the next book in the series. For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

genealogy sleuth

Do you need a family researcher in Alabama?

I’ve had several requests for names of some Genealogy researchers in Alabama and thought I’d include the link to a page of genealogy researchers on the Alabama Department of Archives and History You can always check with local libraries and court … Read More

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.   She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) is the continuation of the story. She is currently working on the next book in the series. For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

sale-now-on

Today only – 24 hour sale on select book – up to 81% savings

Today only – 24 hour sale on select books – up to 80% savings Purchase early on the 1st day to receive the largest discount…price starts at 99 cents and increases 4 times over the next 24-hours. May 23, 2014 – … Read More

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.   She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) is the continuation of the story. She is currently working on the next book in the series. For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

cub market

Curb Market Day – Do you remember this time?

(Saturday was an important day for grocery shopping in Alabama’s past.) Curb Market day in Tuscaloosa, Alabama ca. 1935 Allen Jemison building is visible in background Long before daylight the cars and trucks traveled Saturday was curb market day.  Long … Read More

About Dorothy Graham Gast

Dorothy Gast lives in Romulus, Alabama on the Graham family farm. She taught in Tuscaloosa County Schools for nearly 30 years. She has a "Mine, yours, and Ours" family. She has volunteered in numerous organizations after her husband's eight year struggle with Alzheimers' ended. See more of Dorothy Graham Gast stories at http://grahamgasthistory.blogspot.com/2010_05_01_archive.html She helped organize a volunteer fire department after she was 60 and served as board secretary and nationally certified firefighter after extensive training. Her attempts to get the community reading failed, but she contributed books to the new Sipsey Valley high school from the library in her home friends helped her establish. She is known locally by the silhouettes she cuts free hand of children. She began to write nostalgia stories after a grandson asked her to write down the stories often told at family events.

russell cave outside

Here are some Alabama firsts – Skeleton of pre-historic man found in cave, 1st trolley & 1st human rocket

Did you know……? “The world’s first Electric Trolley System was introduced in Montgomery in 1886.” Below: A busy street in Montgomery in the mid-1880s. The city was the first in the nation to have an electric streetcar system; two of … Read More

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.   She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) is the continuation of the story. She is currently working on the next book in the series. For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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