Taking Back What Was Once Lost

Happy Veteran’s Day

Today, I celebrate and recognize my ancestors who have served in the U.S. military. I am so proud of them all. Thank you so much for your sacrifice. And thank you so much for leaving me a paper trail;)

My granddad, Luther Holt, World War II:

Luther Holt

Luther Holt

My maternal great -uncles, James and George Springer, World War II:


James Springer


George Springer

My paternal great-uncles, Waldon and Wellington Waters, World War II:

Waldon Waters

Waldon Waters


Wellington Waters

And Donald Waters, the Korean War:


Donald Waters

My maternal great-grandfather, Lawson Holt, World War I:


Lawson Holt

And, of course I do not have a picture, but my ancestor Henry Holt who served and died during the U.S. Civil War, 55th Infantry.

I salute you all and honor you on this day and everyday!


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  1. chelle's Gravatar chelle
    November 12, 2009    

    I just sent daddy a Veteran’s Day card celebrating his accomplishments as well. We sometimes tend to take these holidays for granted and hence negate our very own family contributions to the greater good. What a wonderful way to make history real, engaging and enlightening for ourselves and those yet to embrace their part of history as well. Thank you for this connection!

  2. worldwar1letters's Gravatar worldwar1letters
    November 12, 2009    

    You honor your forebears well for their service to our country.

    Readers may also be interested in the writings home from the front of US Sgt. Sam Avery. Fascinating eyewitness history from the hot sands along the Rio Grande to the cold mud along the Meuse. http://worldwar1letters.wordpress.com

  3. Aaron's Gravatar Aaron
    November 13, 2009    

    This is a very nice dedication! I love the site. keep up the good work!

  4. Andrea's Gravatar Andrea
    December 2, 2009    

    Great photos and a fitting tribute.
    Although he wasn’t a citizen yet, my maternal grandfather Rigaude Placide Prout served in the US Navy on a transport ship the USS Mongolia during WWI. They went to Brest, France. I have his diary, lettrs he received from his father in Barbados & photos. One is of him with several other un-named “colored” soldiers & sailors.

  5. shawn waters's Gravatar shawn waters
    April 18, 2013    

    Love this info on my family

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I blog, teach, write and lecture about family history research and it's just as rewarding today as it was when I began 18 years ago. This lifelong quest has helped me to better know my past and I've taken back--reclaimed- my kin and some of that lost memory.  

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Locations and Surnames

Hardin, Chester and Lawrence Counties, TN
Holt, Barnes, Harbour, Bradley Springer and Fendricks
Lawrence County, AL
Springer and Fendricks
Montgomery County, MD
Prather, Simpson
Somerset County, MD
Waters, Fountain, Curtis
Duval and Madison County, FL
Smith, Harris, Garner

Favorite Family History Quotes

"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."
-William Faulkner

"Call it a clan, call it a network, all it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one"
- Jane Howard

"Friends are God's apologies for relations."
-Hugh Kingsmill

"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"
-Elbert Hubbard

"Families are like fudge; mostly sweet with a few nuts."

"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you might as well make it dance!"

"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city;)"
-George Burns

"Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has yet been found."
-Winston Churchill

"The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never ever introduce yourself to had life not done it for you."
-Kendall Hailey

"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all the generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people."
-Thich Nhat Hanh