4th of july

Happy 4th of July!

The United States is the only country with a known birthday. ~James G. Blaine     WHERE DO I START? Hints and Tips for Beginning Genealogists with On-line resources Related Posts:Cullman, Alabama – a city reborn after devastating tornadoFort Mitchell … Read More

old kitchen utensils

Unusual Weights and Measures from 1880s

Household hints from the past: “A delicious whipped cream substitute is easily made by adding a sliced banana to the whites of one beaten egg and beating until stiff. The banana will completely dissolve.” “Place pieces of white bread in … Read More


Are there angels in New York? – this story from and Alabamian will touch your heart

Angels and Otherwise in New York City “What do you mean you can’t find it?  We HAVE to find it.” I whisper-yelled at my wife, Jane.  Customarily I would have used my loud yell, but an undetermined number of strangers … Read More

About Paul Hancock

Paul Hancock was born in 1929 and raised on a red-hill farm between New Albany and Oxford Mississippi. Graduate of Macedonia High School, Mississippi. College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and George Peabody College for Teachers. He married Jane Yarborough of Tylertown, Mississippi. They have two sons and two granddaughters Paul served Southern Baptist Churches either part time or full time as Minister of Music and lived in Birmingham since October 1994. He is an active member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church of Birmingham, teaching two senior adult Sunday school classes, member of the Celebration Choir, Jubilee Singers, and Jubilee Men’s Quartet. His hobbies include Reading, Singing and Fellow-shipping with Christian friends.

Jasper Newton Campbell

Rather do this job than be president of the United States

Jasper Newton Campbell loved his job My GGGgrandfather was Jasper Newton Campbell (1836-1911).  He was born in Dekalb County. In 1859 he worked for the Alabama Coal mining company, he was in charge of the Browne and Phil Weaver mines … Read More

About Shannon Hollon

Shannon Hollon lives in McCalla Alabama graduated from McAdory High School and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Served 9 years in the US Navy Seabees with one tour in Afghanistan.Currently employed with US Steel and serving on the board of directors for the West Jefferson County Historical Society. http://wjchs.com/

Alabama footprints settlement cover

We are excited to announce the Alabama….

We are excited to announce the second book in the ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS – Settlement: Lost & Forgotten Stories (Volume 2) is now available in paperback at Amazon.com and the publisher. ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS – Settlement: Lost & Forgotten Stories (Volume 2) includes lost … Read More


Barber shop singing actually originated in Barber shops

BARBER SHOP SINGING BY INEZ MCCOLLUM Barber Shop Singing began in America in the last half of the 19th Century. Barber Shop Quartets originated with African American men socializing in barbershops. They would gather and harmonize while waiting their turn … Read More

About Inez McCollum

Inez McCollum grew up in Etowah County.  Married Mack McCollum, a BI-vocational minister.  Moved to Birmingham to work while he worked and went to Howard College/Samford University.  Inez and Mack had three sons, Jay, Joe and John.  They bought their first home in what is now Hoover.  Inez continues to be active in Shades Mountain Baptist Church and some of the civic organizations in Hoover.  Inez also enjoys reading, travel and spending time with friends.


My grandfather died at the age of three

These are some actual letters to the LDS Family History Department requesting genealogy information “Our 2nd great grandfather was found dead crossing the plains in the library. He was married 3 times in the endowment house and has 21 children. … Read More

Root cellar with potatoes

She spent her entire childhood eating rotten potatoes.

Rotten Potatoes by Johnny Ponder My Momma said that she spent her entire childhood eating rotten potatoes. I’m not kidding. In East Texas everybody was poor and when the depression hit she said nobody knew it because they didn’t have … Read More


About Johnny Ponder

Johnny Ponder lives in Munford, AL. He is a retired forester after about 40 years. Needless to say, he has a keen interest in the outdoors along with old places and lifestyles. He was raised here in Talladega County and writes very short stories about life in Talladega County back in the 50s and 60s.

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