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Lovely Blog Award

by Sherry Stocking Kline
08 April 2011

The Lovely Blog Award!


My thanks to Susan Peterson at for the Lovely Blog Award recognition.  Susan said, “I have recognized you with the Lovely Blog Award because of the graphic design AND content of your blog. If you want to accept the award, you may get the information here:

Thank you, Susan!  This award is an honor, and it is very much appreciated!  Once again, Thank you for recognizing my blog!

 The rules of acceptance for this award are:

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who granted the award and their blog link. 
2. Pass the award on to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered or just love so much.
3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

And now, it is my turn to pick other deserving blogs to be awarded!  This is a daunting task, as so many are deserving that it will be difficult to pick from them all!

And now, the envelope please:

1.  “Shades of the Departed” – a fantastic website designed, maintained, and written by none other than the Footnote Maven herself. 
2. “Footnote Maven” – a fantastic sister site to the Shades of the Departed, also designed, written, and maintained by the talented but secretive, elusive Footnote Maven herself.
3.   Genea-Musings is a great place to go learn how-to, and get blog hints, and you don’t want to miss his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!!
4.   “GeneaBloggers”  is Thomas MacEntee’s website, and it is “the” place to go to find more blogging prompts than you have time to write about, technical info, GeneaBlogger’s Radio (is that cool or what?), plus the new stuff coming down the pike genealogically speaking!  Thanks, Thomas!
5.  “Roots N’ Leaves,” Joan’s lovely, fun, informative blog was  awarded a Top 100 blog from My Heritage.  You’ve got to read her conversation with her ancestor at the tea party!  Oh, if only!
6. “Reflections From the Fence” a lovely, lively mix of fun, fact, research and how-to!  I loved her Carnival blog about her favorite vehicle “Big Butt,” and how it got its name.
7. “Georgia Black Crackers,” a Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Blog, sharing African American history and how-to-do research and lovingly tended by Mavis Jones!
8. “Herstoryan” – a lovely and lovingly tended genealogy blog by another great story teller and stories’ keeper, Herstoryan.
10.  “Your Family Story,” a fun, cool blog written by Caroline Pointer.
11.  And  “Apple’s Tree” a lovely blog written by none other than Apple herself. 
12.  “Creative Gene” – Thanks to Jasia, the Carnival of Genealogy gets a great kick-off with an interesting topic each month! 
13.   “Dear Myrtle” blog has such great information each week!
14.   “Family Cherished” a lovely, informational blog.
15.   “Heritage Happens” – Cheryl Palmer’s lovely family history & genealogy blog!
Whew!  Hard to choose! 
There are so many beautiful and interesting blogs!  Once again, thank you Susan Peterson at Long Lost Relatives  for choosing me!

The Third Annual iGene Awards – The Best of my Best

Sherry Stocking Kline
February 15, 2010

iGeneAwardBest Picture – Deciding which photograph I liked best in 2009 was extremely difficult!

Was it the  photograph of new-found cousin Nancy and my husband looking over the Glasgow, KY cemetery?  Or was it the  photo of my brother Gary with his street rod?   In the end, I chose the photograph of my Great-grandma Margaret “Maggie” Corson McGinnis holding little baby me on her 100th birthday.

Not everyone has a great-grandmother who lives to be 100, so this is a special photograph, and I’m glad my parents captured the moment on film.

Best Screen Play – I’m not sure that any of my stories would make a great screen play –  unless it would be the part of the Christmas Gifts story that involves myself and my two oldest nephews playing Cowboys and Indians in the pasture on our stick horses!   Even my patient collie dog Lassie wasn’t safe if we had a lasso!

I’d have to cast John Wayne as my dad.   First, I always thought there was a resemblance, and second, my dad had that same kind of confidence that the Duke projected on film.

My mom, well, she might be a cross of Maureen O’Hara and the Beav’s mom, June Cleaver, though she never wore dresses, pearls, and heels everyday,  those were church clothes.

Because she worked in the field she was more likely to be in jeans, flannel shirts, and maybe even overalls.

And the casting for  my nephews and I, well, lets just say “The Little Rascals” would be the best cast for us…

Best Documentary – My blog post about the Burchfiel Cemetery, the church and the church history connected with it holds a special place in my heart.

Best Biography – This post about my brother, Gary “Sox” Stocking is probably my favorite biography.  It doesn’t tell when he was born, nor whom he was born to, but it does capture just a bit of the essence of who he was, what kind of man he was, and you get an idea of why other street rodder friends came from three states in their street rods to honor him one last time.

Best Comedy – The funniest thing that I blogged about in 2009 was when we crazy high school kids used to drag main singing the top hit at the time “Hey There Little Red Riding Hood” at the top of our lungs!

It was fun then, and it gives me a chuckle now to remember it…

The ‘Bandit’ “Blogger’s Best Friend Award”!

by Sherry Stocking Kline
January 26, 2010

A couple of days ago I was honored to open up my e-mail and read that blogging buddy Joan of Roots N’ Leaves had given me the ‘Bandit’ Blogger’s Best Friend Award!

Blogger's Best Friend Award

Blogger's Best Friend Award

Oh, my, thank you, Joan!  You have been such a source of encouragement to me, and a great blogging friend!  Blessings to you!

Joan says that the developer of the  ‘Bandit’ “A Blogger’s Best Friend Award” says it shall be given to your most loyal blog readers.

So, I am to pick out and pass on this award to two fellow bloggers who are fellow bloggers who take the time to comment on my posts, and bloggers who have creative, funny, and entertaining blogs.

So many of you have kindly stopped by with kind words of encouragement and congratulations, so this is not easy, and I will be leaving too many people out, but here goes!

1.  Carol of Reflections From the Fence

2.  Sandra Tjaliaferro of I Never Knew My Father

Thank you Carol for being a great blogging buddy and always so wonderfully encouraging, and Thank you Sandra,  for being both a great and encouraging blogging buddy and a good Twitter Friend! And once again, Thanks to Joan of Roots N’ Leaves.  Blessings to all.

Happy 101 Award – Ten Things that Make Me Happy!

by Sherry Stocking Kline
January 12, 2010

It’s award Season again, and I’m grateful to each of you who awarded me the Happy 101 Award!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  It is an honor to be on your Award list!


My Thanks go to:

1. Missy Corley of Bayside Blog
2. Thomas MacEntee of Destination Austin Family blog
3. Joan of Roots N’ Leaves
4. Jenna of Desperately Seeking Surnames
5. Luckie of Our Georgia Roots

One of the duties when you accept this award is to list TEN things that make you happy.

Only Ten?  What happens if you cheat?

1. My family: my husband,  my children, my mom & dad, my brothers and their wives. Some of them are gone now, but I have the memories.

2. My two granddaughters.  They always brighten my day!

3. Searching for ancestor clues!  What could be more fun?  Unless of course it’s finding ancestor clues…

4. Finding a missing puzzle piece in the family tree. One that fills in an important blank spot! This is major happy dance thing for days, but then it’s on to finding the next blank spot.

5. Going through photographs & remembering…

6. The sweet, fresh, clean smell of rain.

7. Out-bowling my son on his Wii (or out-racing him in Mario Kart on his Wii!)  Don’t tell him I said this!

8. Reading a good ‘who-dun-it’, one that you can’t guess ‘who dun it’. (but I’m not into gory books, either!)

9. Figuring out how to do something I didn’t know how to do yesterday.  This is usually associated with computers and the Internet, but it can be just anything!

10. Knowing that I’ve helped someone.

Another wonderful, difficult duty is to pass on the award to TEN other bloggers…

Here are my choices, and this is the hardest part, keeping it down to Ten.  (I wondered, I actually did, that if one received the award more than once, if you could list more than Ten Happy Items, and more than Ten Wonderful Blogs!?)

But I’m trying not to cheat, so here it goes:

1.   Thomas MacEntee of Destination Austin Family blog and Geneabloggers. Thomas, I know that you will probably receive a dozen of these Happy 101 Awards, but you have been so very encouraging and very helpful to this newbie blogger that I just want to say “Thanks once again!”

2. Missy Corley of Bayside Blog.  Missy, you are a great, encouraging Twitter friend (@baysideresearch) as well as a great blog-buddy friend!  Bless you!

3. Joan of Roots N’ Leaves.   Joan, you have been a great source of encouragement, and your posts touch my heart.

4.   Luckie of Our Georgia Roots.  Luckie, your writing touches a kindred chord in my heart, and when you wrote about the ancestors ‘talking’ to you, well, I know what you are talking about.  It’s like they beckon me to look, and guide me to find.  I’ve had the most serendipitous finds, though I’m still Hunting…

4. Jenna of Desperately Seeking Surnames.  I enjoy reading your blog, and am honored to be one of your nominees!

5. Elyse’s Genealogy Blog I was just reading on Elyse’s Genealogy Blog some tips for getting your genealogy ‘stuff’ organized.  I NEED that!

6. Louise Bernero of Our Twigs Blog Thanks, Louise, for your encouragement!
7.  Mavis of Georgia Black Crackers – Thanks Mavis, for all your encouragement and for being a great Twitter friend!

8. Great Twitter friend and soon to be blogger!
9.  Low Country Africana – What an awesome resource for African American Research and History!

10. Cathy at and  She keeps my blog happy!

I just want to say, too, that my Happy Things, and My Ten Awards are not in any particular order, except to say that my first two Happy Things, my family, are tops, and after that, there isn’t a particular order!

Kreativ Blogging Award – Thank you!

These past few days a really nice award has been circling among the Genealogy Bloggers! I don’t know who started the “tag you’re it” award that allows each of us to pick our seven favorite  blogs to receive it, but I’m certainly grateful to be nominated three times!  Thank you!

Kreativ Blogger Award

Kreativ Blogger Award

I received this Kreativ Blogger award from  three of my favorite  bloggers  to read:

Thomas McAtee from Geneabloggers,

Louise Bernero of Our Twigs Blog,

and Jenna from Desperately Seeking Surnames

I just want to say Thank You all very much!

I appreciate your recognition and encouragement, and this means a lot to me!

Here are the rules for this award:

1. List seven things about yourself that others do not know
2. Copy the award to your site
3. Link to the person from whom you received the award
4. Nominate 7 other bloggers.
5. Link to those sites on your blog.
6. Leave a message on the blogs you nominate.

There’s only one thing I can think of that most people don’t know about me. It’s silly ( it really is, but it’s the truth).

For the other six things, well, I’m pretty sure those aren’t a secret to those who know me best….

1.   The one thing I think no one knows, not even my family, so you’re the first to hear this… I’m honestly still scared of the dark…  Maybe it’s the murder mysteries I read, but I’m just pretty sure the boogeyman is out there somewhere, and who knows, maybe Big Foot really does exist, and maybe the government really was hiding Space Aliens in Area 51.    So, ask me to run outside after dark, haul out the trash, or go out to feed the dog, well, I can and I will, but it’s really outside my comfort zone. And I live in a pretty quiet neighborhood.

2.   I’d rather read than clean house or wash dishes. (this would come as no surprise to anyone in my family!) I love murder mysteries, historical fiction, some romantic historical fiction, all the “Mitford Series” books by Jan Karon, and anything by Max Lucado.

3.   O.K., so this is no secret to anyone, either. I love the puzzle-solving, gotta-find-the-next-family-fact, break-down-that-brick-wall, collect ‘dead relatives,’  build the family tree, and record our family history stories that makes up my family history fun.

4.  I love garage sales! (Going to them, not having them) Which means I bring home more stuff than I get rid of. Which means I’m a pack rat.  (it’s genetic, my mom is a pack rat, too, but a much more organized one than I am…)

5.  I love to take photos. And I’d love to learn how to Photoshop them.

6.   I’m a sucker for a cat with a sweet face and a hungry sounding meow.  That’s probably why we’ve had two extra cats on our porch for the last year. Sinbad, the black and white ‘tuxedo’ cat that has everyone from the mail lady to the UPS guy stopping to pet him, and Boo, a beautiful long-haired Siamese type that has a ‘rusty’ meow.

7.    I cry E-v-e-r-y time I watch “A League of Their Own”, even if we just watched it. It gets down to the last scene,  the reunion scene, and I’m grabbing for the Kleenex box…

There are so many great Blogs, and so many new ones! Thanks to all who inspire me, and here are my Seven Blog Awards!

1.    Greta’s Genealogy Blog

2.    George Geder’s African American Genealogy Blog

3.   Michael Hait –  Hait Family Research

4.    Mavis Jones – Georgia Black Crackers

5.    Amore E Sapore de Famiglia – Valentino’s Wife

6.    Footnote Maven

7.    We Tree Blogspot – Amy Coffin

It was such fun to be awarded, and to be given the opportunity to leave an award for others!  But it was difficult to just pick seven, there are so many wonderful blogs to choose from!

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