The Storm Took Me – A Recollection of the 1915 Galveston Hurricane

My name is Jane Angela Smith (née Dart) and I'm about to tell you my story. I lived a long life -- many of the victims of that horrible storm had barely begun their lives that were lost to the terrible disaster of mother nature in Galveston, Texas in August of 1915. But let us back... Continue Reading →

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My Husband Was Bootlegger – Kitty Messler’s Story

Hi, folks. The names Kitty Mesler and do I have a story to tell you. I was born to my ma and pa around the turn of the century, in the year 1901. When I was a young gal of 15 my parents sold me to a man named Andrew Stacy in marriage for some... Continue Reading →

Tombstone Tuesday: Females First

Every single week here at The Hipster Historian we follow the blog prompt Tombstone Tuesday (originating from Genabloggers) and we've really enjoyed it -- see the past two weeks here and here. Why females? Most of the time when you find headstones, it tends to downplay the significance of the females in these worlds until... Continue Reading →

Tombstone Tuesday: Military (US) Edition

Tombstone Tuesday has quickly become my favorite genealogy prompt from the Geneablogger with Thomas MacAntee. Last week it was the first edition. I'm a sucker for cemeteries (I have well over 500+ photos of gravestones on my hard drive right now). Each week of Tombstone Tuesday, I'm going to feature different stories, ideas or facts about cemeteries,... Continue Reading →

Tombstone Tuesday: First Edition

I was so excited to see the Tombstone Tuesday writing prompt from GeneaBloggers and have decided to make it a permanent feature here at The Hipster Historian. Why? I love cemeteries. I visit one at least once a week and try to take as many pictures as I can both for photography practice (see here) and... Continue Reading →

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