22 September 2008

My Great-Aunt Ollie

funston_ollie_joeMy Aunt Ollie was the adventurer in the family. Most of our family, having been born in Georgia and the Carolinas, stayed put. At most, they would move from one state to another - but never leaving the southeast. My Aunt Ollie was a different matter.

Ollie was my paternal grandmother's sister. She was born in 1924 in Swainsboro, GA. She married Joe Funston, from Philadelphia. He was in the army and traveled a great deal - taking Ollie with him. But she didn't just travel with him, she also worked - also something that the women in my family didn't do much (outside of the mill workers).

In April of 1952, Ollie graduated from the San Diego Vocational School, certified in Aircraft Construction and Assembly. From August '52 to September '54, Ollie worked for Convair as a riveter. Our family's very own Rosie the Riveter!

Ollie Britt Funston - Vocational School Ollie Britt Funston Job Description/Reference

21 September 2008

Thomas "Wayne" Craft, 1947-2008

"Wayne Craft
(CRAFTYDOG) Thomas “Wayne” (Craftydog) Craft, age 60 of Lawrenceville passed away, Friday, September 19, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2:30 PM, Sunday, September 21, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home with Martha Guest and Joey Craft officiating. Burial East Shadowlawn Memorial Gardens, Lawrenceville. A U.S. Navy Veteran serving on the USS Francis Marion for 7 years, Mr. Craft was of the Christian faith and former Secretary & Treasury of Duluth Bass Club. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Spurgeon and Sarah Frances Britt Craft, brother, Gary Craft, and is survived by: Wife: Willie Brown Herman, Lawrenceville; Children: David Craft, Orlando; Nathan Craft; Tyler Craft, Lawrenceville; Joey Craft, NC; Tracy Morgan, Danielsville; Teresa Garland, Auburn; Brothers; Kenny Craft, John Craft, Greg Craft; Sisters: Charlotte Dryman, June Partain, Grandchildren: Stefanie and Tiffanie Morgan. Family will receive friends form 6-9 PM, Saturday, September 20, 2008 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045. 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com. In lieu of flowers - Go Fishing"

14 September 2008

SMGF results are in!

I found our SMGF results last night. Dad & I took SMGF's free DNA test last November and our results have only just appeared. Since the test was free, we really don't get much out of it. You can search your results if you found your marker via another test, otherwise you search by surname. I had to search back to my Great-Great Grandmother because some of the individuals are protected for privacy.

Once you find the results, you can compare them to others that pop up. For my mtDNA results, there don't seem to be any close matches for 'Garman' (my GGG-Grandmother):

my mtdna

Dad's yDNA was found by searching for his markers. There are a few close matches:

Dad's y-chrom dna

Then, there's his mtDNA results:

dad's mtdna

So, I'm not sure that I really got anything out of this - but it's nice to see something finally posted.


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