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And the Winners Are…

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Congratulations to 1st place winner of the Fold3.com one year membership:  Michelle Harris who said, “I’d probably like to be my 6th great grandfather, who was a cherokee chief and diplomat and negotiated with the British government in the 1700s.”

Congratulations to 2nd place winner of the Newspapers.com one year membership:  Kookie Hemperley who said, “After giving this much thought, I would like to spend the day with my grandmother, Emma Pearl Bain Martin and her son, my uncle, Ray Houston Martin. I would like to know how Granny Pearl survived the Depression with an out of work ill husband that died leaving her with children to raise and no income. Uncle Ray was killed in WW II in Tunisia at the age of 27. I have to tried to obtain his service records but have been unable to do so due to the fact that the repository that housed them burned. Since they both died before I was 2 years old, I have no memories of either of them , I would like to know them in person not through documents.”

Congratulations to 3rd place winner of the $30 gift certificate to Blurb.com:  Ken Wilder, who said, “If I could, I would pick to be my great, great grandfather, James Banks of Georgia. He was a civil war veteran who had to file for his pension as being indigent. He was reported to have to depend on his daughters to support. I can’t even begin to imagine how he might have felt about having to do that.
If I could travel back and be James, my hope would be that there would be a way to have made it easier on him and his family.

I will be contacting you soon with your prize information!

FYI – I use a plugin that chooses the winners for me, it’s totally random and I have no say in it.

Blogiversary Winners

Happy 2nd Blogiversary Our Families Untold Stories!

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I just can’t believe it’s been two years to this day since I started this blog and made my first post.

Two Years

My, how the time has flown.

I have made so many discoveries about my family and shared so many special moments with new-found cousins, and cousins that I met just last year that already it seems as if I have known them a lifetime.  Had I not started this blog, my life would not be what it is today.

I didn’t break a brick wall this past year, but I put some chips in a few.  I’ll keep chipping away and plugging on, and telling our stories here.  I guess it’s just what I do now.

I know you are chomping at the bit to find out what goodies I’m giving away this time, but first I would like to share some statistics with you from my site.

OFUS Stats second year

I know last year that I told you how many cousins I had met, and how many pictures I had identified, and it’s so much more over the past year, there is no way now to keep up with all that.  I have been blessed beyond words.

Without further ado, and just like last year, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking this journey with me.  I couldn’t have done this without the support of each, and every one of you.

So, to show you my appreciation, I’m going to be giving away some super prizes.  I know you are just itching to get your hands on them!

First up, a one year membership to Fold3.com.

fold3 membership

That’s right folks, the kind people at Fold3.com have sponsored this giveaway and are giving one of my lucky blog followers a one year paid membership.

Second up, a one year membership to Newspapers.com.

Newspapers.com membership

Yep, the kind people over at Newspapers.com have also sponsored this giveaway and are giving one of my lucky blog followers a one year paid membership.

And, last but not least, one happy camper will get from me a $30 gift card to Blurb.com where you can make a keepsake of your own happy memories.

blurb gift card

To enter the drawing, simply respond below in the comment section of this post to the question listed below and you will be entered.  Please leave only one comment, and you have until midnight on Sunday, August 18th to enter.

Winners will be selected randomly, and announced on Monday, August 19th. After the prizes have been announced, I will resume my vacation/research trip updates. There are lots more goodies to share from my trip.

Good luck, and here’s the question:

If you could be any one of your ancestors for a day, who would you pick and why?

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