"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Collection of Sophie Pictures

I noticed I had several cute pictures of Sophie on my hard drive, and I'm not sure if I ever shared them here or just maybe on Facebook.  Figured I'd post them here as a Collection of Sophie Pictures Post.

First, here is one that Sophie's grandpa shared on Facebook of him with Megan, my sister in law.  You can decide if Sophie favors her mom (or papaw).

Tony and Megan

In no particular order... Sophie in snapshots and studio pictures!

Sophie and Zach 2015

Sophie and Zach 2015

just shy of 2

1st birthday

barely born


They said she was mad because the cookies wouldn't come off the plate!

Sophie 2014

Sophie with Steph and Will; March 2015


Two years old!

Look how much her hair grew in a year!  Compare that ^ (April 2016) with this one from March 2015.

almost one

with Nana; March 2015

Sept 2015

I sure love my Sophie girl!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Last Names, Genealogy, Ancestry Stuff

With Melania Trump in the news because she spoke at the RNC last night and, well, because she's married to Donald Trump who is unbelievably still to me The One destined to be the Republican nominee running against Hillary Clinton, I have seen stories on my Facebook feed about Slovenia, and Melania's hometown, and even Slovenians in Ohio (where the Republican National Convention is taking place.)

This reminded me of my brother in law, Will whom I've written about previously (probably more than once, but I don't have time to search my archives right now.)  Not because Will is Slovenian.  He's actually from Venezuela, but he has a Slovenian last name due to his aunt marrying a man from Ohio with a Slovenian last name.  Mari and Wayne adopted Will when he was about fifteen so he could live with them in the United States.  Will had a Spanish last name before the adoption.

I still sometimes marvel at how last names tell us about our heritage to some degree, but not always especially in the case of adoptions.  And unless you are some kind of genealogist who looks at who married whom or who didn't even marry, but passed along her last name to her children,  you only really have part of the picture because we forget that Prudence Cooley Truax's mom had a last name not passed down to her. So, what was it?

I ordered one of those Ancestry DNA kits recently when Ancestry.com had a sale around July 4. They are probably pretty bogus in reality  (or, at least articles on Facebook tell me so...boo), but it's something I was curious enough about doing that I finally bought one.  And I'm not one who buys stuff for the sake of buying things usually.   I'm not a paid subscriber to Ancestry.com, however, so I can't open up all the cool records.  They did invite me to begin a family tree, and some "hints" were open for me to view.  I enjoyed that.   Especially stuff like this which I hope to see more of one day.  (Maybe I will subscribe one day and read all the stuff!)

Washington, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1961
Immigration & Emigration
Vancouver, British Columbia
Arrival 17 Apr 1927 - Seattle, Washington - Age: 1
Birth 1926 - Tungjon, China
Departure Shanghai, China
Gender Male
Line 12
Name Daniel Wesley Truax
Race/Nationality Scotch
Residence China
Ship Name/Airline Empress of Canada

Daniel Truax is my beloved Pop (my mom's dad) who died four years ago. I find the Scotch race/nationality interesting. Not sure what to make of it since the family was from the United States, and Truax is a French last name.

From Ancestry.com
"Truax Name Meaning
Americanized spelling of French du Trieux, a habitational name from Trieux in Meurthe-et-Moselle, in northeastern France."

Also, I knew he was born to missionary parents in China (his mom is actually buried there; died at age 29 after having a daughter), but didn't realize the family traveled back to the US when he was so young.  

From the Fuqua side, I found this picture of my dad's grandfather. I had seen it before, but didn't have a copy that I remembered (or if I did, I can't remember where it is) so I wanted to put it here.  My brother got this grandfather's full name. My dad adored this man who raised him when his own parents divorced.

Daniel Carr Fuqua