I am a native of Austin Texas. Have lived elsewhere during my life, but resided in Austin the majority of my life. My husband and I had been been raising our 2nd family since 1995 (raising 3 grandchildren since 1995 when they were 1, 3, and 5). We both retired from IBM Austin and only have one of our grandchildren still at home with us and we just moved to Oklahoma on December 19, 2009.
I am a member of the DAR under patriot Moses Cherry and am a member of the DRT under patriot Andrew Miller. I also have a number of other patriot direct line qualifying for above and other wars, but have only submitted/approved on the above (as of August 22, 2015) but plan when I get the time to submit additional membership applications under other qualifying patriot surnames.
I've been doing genealogy research on my family since late 70's/early 80's when it required spending much time in the libraries and ordering mircrofilm to be borrowed from Salt Lake City and sent to my local LDS library. We've certainly come a long way since the 80's haven't we? We have so many online resources today and the databases get larger by the day.
I am a member of the Stephen F Austin (DRT) Daughters of the Republic of Texas (descendent of ANDREW MILLER line via my paternal line) and a member of the DAR in Ardmore, OK under MOSES DAWSON CHERRY partriot who is my 5th great grandfather (via their son: Samuel Torbert CHERRY & wife Sarah R Bell-Cherry's daughter: ELIZABETH ANN CHERRY who married ROBERT JAMES GILL whom are my 3rd great grandparents on my maternal line). The GILL line is what is termed the Fishing Creek Gill line (which also intertwines with the STRAIT family line from Fishing Creek).
I am also a descendent of the Benjamin Franklin Cage Sr. who fought during the Republic of Texas day. This is the CAGE/WINCHESTER/CAYCE from my maternal line.
Having ancestry.com, findagrave.com and more and more data being made available online it certainly helps us genealogy buffs.
I have been a member and volunteer at findagrave for almost 7 years now (as of August 2015) and find it a great resource where we can pitch in and help each other from afar to locate our relatives. I thank all who have helped me as a "newbie" to findagrave and hope I can help others too. I've made some very dear friends through findagrave over the past almost 7 years and look forward to meeting many more, so have changed by contributor page volunteer to our new zip code 73098 (previously 78729).
Some of my primary surnames being researched are: LEHMANN, YOUNG, McCAN/McCANN, FULCHER, DUCKWORTH, HYATT, SPERLING, HEISSIG, FRANKE, ECKHARDT, PORCHE, FUCHS, SHELTON, WEST, BIRD/BYRD, DOROUGH-DORROUGH, COCHRAN, DAVIS, CHERRY, MILLER, NEAL, LYNCH, DAVIDSON, OLIVER, NALLEY, TURNER, LOTT, GILL, CAGE, CAYCE, FOX, FRANKE, LEE, WALLACE, AIKMAN, TEAS, BLACKWELL, TEAGUE, HARRISON, and my husband's FRENCH ancestor direct line surnames.