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Are You My Cousin?: I'm Published!

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I'm Published!

Two years ago I attended a Cousins' Weekend where I presented the Howard (Harward) and the Maddox genealogies. When I had the opportunity to attend Cousins' Weekend again this year, I wanted to share more of our family history.

About who? And how?

The "who" question was obvious - Mattie Maddox Howard.  Mattie is my great grandmother and my cousins' grandmother.  Sadly none of us knew her.

The "how" question proved a little more daunting.  I wanted to write a book.  Never mind I had never done this  and didn't know where to start. I did the only thing I knew to do. I just started writing.

And now I've completed it.

My goal has been accomplished.  I am a published author! (My children were impressed at least!)

Excerpt from Mattie's Story:

As a child, I frequently visited my grandfather's attic.  It was always lots of fun to see the Christmas decorations stored away or the knick knacks my grandmother put away for another day.  But always, I studied the portrait of my great grandmother Mattie Howard that was stored up there.  I wondered about her.  Perhaps I thought if I stared at her portrait long enough and concentrated hard enough, she would tell me her secrets.....

Mattie didn't tell me her secrets in that attic, but her portrait did spark a curiosity that years later started my pursuit to discover who my great grandmother really was.

Mattie's Story can be ordered from

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Anonymous Kathryn said...

Congratulations on writing and publishing "Mattie's Story. It takes determination and passion and you did it. Seeing your hard work in print, I'm sure,was extremely gratifying.

October 6, 2011 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Cinamon Collins said...

Congratulations!!! That is a wonderful accomplishment!

October 6, 2011 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Amy Coffin said...

Congratulations on publication! That's quite an accomplishment. You should be very proud.

October 6, 2011 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Congratulations, Lisa!

October 6, 2011 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Congratulations! CLAP, CLAP, CLAP!!

October 6, 2011 at 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...


October 6, 2011 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Yvette Porter Moore said...

Congrats!!! How encouraging!!!

October 7, 2011 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Harriet said...

Great job!

October 7, 2011 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Debi Austen said...

Wow, that is COOL - congratulations!

October 10, 2011 at 4:36 PM  

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