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I have been researching and creating this week. I just wanted to share with you, the book trailer I created for the newly released novel, titled “Forbidden Romance” which was written by Clinton W. Getzinger. This book is cleanly written and one of my favorites thus far. I hope you enjoy the book trailer!

Here is the link:

Would you like to know more about this author? You can find him at the following links below!


You can order the paperback version, Kindle, or Nook here:


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License type: Royalty-free
Photographer: Maria Pavlova
Collection: Vetta
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For several years, my interest in genealogy has escalated from being just a hobby to pass the time, into a full fledged passion to learn everything I could about my ancestors lives. Before becoming a city girl and moving to metro Atlanta, I was a barefoot country girl and where I lived if you wanted to have access to the internet, you had two choices, you could have dial up or dial up! There wasn’t any such thing as high speed internet, I’m sure there really was but not where I lived ūüôā ¬†So annoying, the wait time! If I were to wait for dial up to connect to the internet for everything that I do today, I would be lost! Who wants to wait for 30 minutes to check their email only to lose their connection and have to wait yet again and again?

Today, I am back in the city, I have my T3 internet bandwidth going full speed ahead! Normally T3 is mainly used by businesses for their high speed capabilities and they offer very fast, data transfer rates. I guess this girl got lucky didn’t she? Having T3 in my apartment, how could I not be ecstatic? Life in the fast lane as they say! So much to do and only so many hours in a day to do it in. ūüôā

Everyone seems to be on social networks these days, your everyday person, non-profit organizations, businesses and so on. I for one, am on not just one social networking site, but several! You can find me on LinkedIn for business networking, Twitter for my genealogy interests and followers, Facebook to stay connected with my own family and friends and I love the fact that even though I am so far away from my family we are able to stay connected to one another by sharing our photos, videos and what we are currently doing with one another, so it almost feels like we just seen each other last week. Sort of!

Being so interested in my family history, I decided to create a Facebook page called “Fans Of Genealogy” which is ¬†dedicated to my¬†research¬†findings and connecting with family members and others who are interested in this topic, in a totally different way than just having a¬†Facebook¬†profile for just myself. It’s a place where we can all share our family memories, stories that were passed down from one generation to the next and to share photos of our past ancestors. I am sure everyone has a story they would like to share, and for me, this is the best part of learning about my heritage. What social networking sites do you utilize for your family history research?

Have you created a fan page or group on your ancestors? It’s a great way to not only stay connected but to also document your research and what you found out about your family for your children and grandchildren. One day they might be interested in what you are doing in terms of genealogy and family history. They may one day want to know where they come from, what their ancestors looked like, or even read some of the stories that were passed down oh so many years ago!

It’s time to get crackin! Time to become the genealogy sleuth and discover my past! I’m going from life in the fast lane to life in the past lane!!

Happy Hunting ūüôā


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What’s good in the genealogy neighborhood? Lots of things I am sure but that’s not what is on my mind right this second. Weird yeah? I thought so too! Considering I usually eat, drink, sleep and dream of genealogy most of the time! This post isn’t all about genealogy, but about the friends, family, and colleagues you meet along the way.

Since switching from Blogger to WordPress, I am truly getting more feedback on the articles I write. I don’t know why that is, it just IS. Maybe I am doing something different and just don’t realize it yet. Who knows? But I am loving the fact that I can correspond and talk to my readers, who by the way, leave good insight to my blog posts. Thank you all for this!¬†

Have you read any good books lately? I haven’t read as much as I used to; I now read more blog articles, tweets, Facebook posts on the “Fans of Genealogy” page and trying to connect with my followers there also. So many social networks and did you know there are many Facebook pages and groups you can join, dedicated to the topic of Genealogy? I think I belong to about 4 different ones plus a writers workshop, and this is just on Facebook! Have a Twitter account? Ha! Me too! It’s not so much a personal Twitter as it’s more related to genealogy and other writers. If you happen to find me on Twitter, just a warning: Don’t SPAM me, because I will block and report ya! Thanks, Management…

I have been reading this really good book that I ordered through and OMG I was hooked within the first two pages! Great writing style and the topic can’t be beat as it could really relate to anyone. It’s a book in the historical fiction genre set back in the 1870’s in Virginia, called “Forbidden Romance” by Clinton W. Getzinger ūüôā Don’t recognize this author’s name? You probably won’t! This is his first novel and he just so happens to be my cousin! Woot!! Woot!! Kudos to him for making his dream of becoming a published author, a reality!¬†

Clinton W. Getzinger’s book is available on your Kindle or in paperback form. It’s a great read and I highly suggest reading it! Pure awesomeness if I say so myself! I can’t wait to see what kinds of stories he comes up with for his next “novel” idea. No pun intended there ūüėČ It is also located and listed in GoodReads right here on this website! Take a look and read it; you won’t be disappointed!

Here is the link to the book:

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How do you plan on getting clues about your family’s history? What would you like to know? How about interviewing a family member? By asking the right questions, you may just get a lot more information than your originally thought. Getting people to share their stories isn’t the easiest thing to do but in reality, it needs to be done. What would happen if you procrastinated getting your questions together? Your relative may die with those memories and then you would never know. It would be lost forever!

Think about the questions you would ask them if you were ever given the chance. Do you live too far away to do a one on one, personal interview? That isn’t always a bad thing as you can always create a list of questions for your relatives to answer by email, a phone conversation, or even snail mail. With all the social networking that is done by men and women of all ages, there is no reason for you to delay contacting them. Another idea would be to create a “note” in Facebook, list all of your questions and share it! Why not? It’s worth a shot!

If you do have the chance to interview one on one, be prepared to have a notepad and several pens. If you plan on recording the interview, which I would advise, I would have a voice recorder, extra tapes and also extra batteries. Give yourself at least two hours in which to complete the interview.

Below are some questions I will be asking my relatives by the time the day is out. I am currently in the process of creating this interview in a Word document and I will copy and paste the text in an email for those members that do not have the program. There is always the option of a PDF document too! There are so many questions I have to ask, and I think this is the perfect way to get those questions answered.

Questions You Could Ask

Before you get started, write or record the name of the person being interviewed, who interviewed the person (you), the date, time and location of said interview. Try not to ask questions that will give you a simple yes or no. That doesn’t really get you anywhere. Try and think of open ended questions you might ask to give you more details in which you can work with. Good luck!

  • ¬†What is your full name? Why did your parents select this name for you? Did you have any nicknames growing up?¬†When and where were you born?
  • ¬†How did you and your family come to live where you are? Is there a reason behind why they chose this town over another city or county?
  • ¬†What are your parent’s names? Do you know when they were born and where?
  • What were your (4)grandparents names, birth dates, wedding dates, death dates, and place of burial?
  • What were your (8)¬†great grandparents names , birth dates, wedding dates, death dates and place of burial?Did any of your grandparents ever mention if they emigrated from another country? If so, where did they come from?
  • ¬†Are any family members war veterans? If so, what war and in what year? Do you have any documents showing their terms of service?
  • ¬†Do you have other family that lives in this area? Who were (are) they?
  • ¬†Did your family have a house or a farm? What was that like?
  • ¬†Can you describe the house or property in which you grew up?
  • ¬†Were there any special items in the house that you remember?
  • ¬†What is your earliest¬†childhood¬†memory? Any siblings? If so, what are their names?
  • ¬†What was your family like? Did they have different personalities? What were their personality traits?
  • ¬†What was your favorite thing to do as a child? Did you have a favorite toy or game? What was it?
  • ¬†What school did you go to as a child? What was it like? Did you excel in a particular subject?
  • ¬†Did you ever participate in school clubs or activities? If so, what were they?
  • ¬†Were you ever mentioned in a newspaper article? If so, what was it about? Which newspaper?
  • ¬†What was your family life like?
  • ¬†What Church did you and your family go to?
  • ¬†Who did you look up to as a child?
  • ¬†What was your favorite color? Is it the same one that is your favorite, today?
  • ¬†Did you ever own any pets or farm animals that you considered a pet? What were their names?
  • ¬†Do you have any old pictures that you would be willing to share? Who are they of?
  • ¬†What types of events took place while you were growing up? Did you grow up in a recession or experience the affects ¬†of war?
  • ¬†What family traditions did your family have?¬†What were holidays such as Christmas, like for you as a child?
  • What family heirlooms do you own?


These types of questions should get you started and you can alter or delete the ones you don’t think you would need to ask. You can also add more than the above questions I listed to better suit your needs. I hope this article helps you in some way. Now I have to get started writing my own!




English: An example of a Genealogy fan chart (...

English: An example of a Genealogy fan chart (or family tree fan chart) where paternal and maternal ancestors are shown as concentric rings of a fan. This family tree fan chart also includes family coats of arms. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the economic crunch that so many of us are feeling these days, myself included, we have to find a way to do research on our past generations in a much more frugal fashion. Unemployed? Still trying to find a job after so many interviews and very little call backs? I feel your pain. I have been in the market for not just a job but a career for several months now. No matter where you go, it’s been hard for everyone. I happen to live in Honolulu, and it’s just as hard here as any other metropolitan area in the mainland. I want to do something I’ll love in years to come; this is part of the reason I started writing again. I love it! Do I get paid to do it? Not so far, but it’s something I like to do. Being a genealogy researcher and unemployed at the same time can be a little time consuming, if not hair¬†raising.¬†Since looking for work and doing research takes up my hours and days, and sometimes those unfruitful days turn into very long weeks, I have been seeking out low cost or FREE genealogy resources to help me along the way.

Free resources are the best sometimes because it allows you to continue your search of your unknown ancestors. There are hundreds, if not thousands of genealogy blogs online. Start reading them! They are very informational and we all appreciate the feedback on the articles or topics we have written. Contact them or start a conversation in regards to the article presented; it doesn’t have to be scholarly. This is how you learn. People make mistakes or just may not be educated in this particular topic, but this will eventually help you. How? Well for starters, you will introduce yourself to the researcher where you can ask questions you may have, or just get a feel of what a genealogist does on any particular day. Learn from them, it’s easy and doesn’t cost you a dime to do so. It just takes up a few precious moments of your time to shoot someone an email and ask a few questions that you may have been wondering about. Go ahead and give it a try! You will be glad you did.

5 FREE RESOURCES I LIKE ~ This web page has many free documents such as indexed records of the 1940 census, they also have other years available to aid in your search, birth, death, marriage records, probate records, military records and many more. You can search for free! There are learning centers on the site along with videos to watch and free genealogy courses that you can take online to help you discover your family tree. Discussion forums are a nice way to get involved also. ~ This web page is searchable by states, time is donated by dedicated volunteers to aid in keeping genealogy web sites free for us. For example, some of my family is from the beautiful state of Virginia. I click on the link for Virginia and I have a page of other links to go to that will further my research and increase my desire to find out more. I hope you enjoy this site as much as I have.¬†~ This web page has over 1900 pages of free genealogy records to help you and your search for your ancestral roots. Just to name a few different features of the site, there are too many to list otherwise. The Olive Tree Genealogy site has ship passenger lists, a gazillion other resource links, orphan records, photo albums, and even tutorial and help files along with blog articles. How could you not go to this site? It’s absolutely rewarding! I love it ūüôā¬†~ I utilize this site almost every day. It keeps me in touch with genealogists and their own blogs, which I have learned a great deal about. Not only is there a listing of blogs, but the site displays ones I never knew existed. I read the articles, the tips and tricks, and I try to stay up to date in the news of genealogy on a day to day basis. This site even lists events such as upcoming conferences and the like. Read up on what they have in their blog resources, and if you are thinking about writing a blog on your family history, you can submit your blog to this site. This, in turn, publicizes your site and helps you gain readers who may have never known of your site, or you, of theirs. It’s definitely worth checking out!¬†~ Another resource I like to use is actually a blog by Pat Richley- Erickson called Dear Myrtle. On this site there is just loads of information to help you achieve the results you are looking for. So many articles, a calendar for webinars, you name it she has written about it. It’s a wonderful resource that you really shouldn’t miss!


I have only shared five links but there are thousands of others related to this topic. New blogs are popping up every day and why not even utilize the social networks? I utilize these every chance I get! There are Facebook pages on genealogy, some personal and some not, such as mine called Fans of Genealogy where you can access here :

Try Twitter! Connect with other users interested in the same topics- connect with them, talk to them. You never know what friendships you will make here unless you just get yourself out there and DO IT! You can follow my tweets on my twitter page at: follow the people or pages that I do or you can just search for new ones on your own.

One option for doing a genealogy search is utilizing the search engines! Google Chrome is great and has many other features and apps that you can use. Try this link:

Another search engine I would like to mention, but do not use regularly is Mocavo; this search engine is new and dedicated to genealogy but it hasn’t reached it’s full potential just yet. Yes they are off to a great start and you are welcome to try it, I think you have to sign up though.¬†

I hope you find these links useful and wish you all the luck in finding the roots to your family tree ūüôā

Have you found any interesting resources? Care to share? Reply below, I look forward to checking them out!

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Orange and violet pansies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have decided to start a little genealogy project by interviewing my mother to learn more about her life when she was younger, how she grew up and what her life was like in those times. Even though she is my best friend in the whole wide world, there are still some things about her that I don’t know and have never bothered to ask about. I will start with the formalities and things I do know and then continue on from there. This should be fun!

If given the chance, what family member would you interview and why?

Me: What is your given name?

Mom: Carolyn Ann

Me: What are your parents’ names?

Mom: My fathers name was Claude Flemon Dodson, he was born in October of 1903 and he died in 1987. My mother was Dora Younas Worley-Dodson. Worley was her maiden name. My mom was born on April 20, 1907 and she died on December 11, 1990. It was a day before your cousins birthday and right before you gave birth to your first son, John.

Me: Do you know why your parents named you?

Mom: They named me because my brother, Otis liked the name. He was killed in a head on car collision when I was three years old.

Me: Did you have a nickname?

Mom: No. But when you were born your grandmother, Lucia, called you “Little Carolyn”.

Me: When and where were you born?

Mom: I was born in Belair, Maryland

Me: Where did you grow up?

Mom: Phoenix, Maryland

Me: Do you remember the house in which you grew up in? Can you describe it to the best of your recollection?

Mom: Yes, I remember it. It was a 2 story red house with a basement but the outside had red shingles on the walls. It had an L-shaped porch and when they remodeled the house and built an extra room they added the porch. There was a basement that had 3 rooms for storage; there was a washing machine down there. On the first floor, there was a living room, den, big kitchen, two bathrooms and a bedroom. One of the bathrooms was originally a closet. On the second floor, there was three bedrooms and a hallway that led to the attic. There were two other rooms in the attic and another storage area that we kept all of our Christmas stuff in. It was just big enough that you could walk through.

Me: What is your earliest childhood memory?

Mom: Umm…let’s see! Learning to swim and I was a Brownie in the Girl Scouts. I also remember going to Bible School. We never missed a Sunday at church because my mom would never let us miss a Sunday service. We had to go to church no matter what.

Me: What kind of games did you play growing up?

Mom: Hopscotch, jacks, jump rope, hide and seek.

Me: Did you have a favorite toy? Why was it your favorite?

Mom: Yes! I had a Tiny Tears doll. The very first one. Because I could dress it up and feed it. If you fed it water then it would pee.

Me: (Laughing)

Me: What did you like to do for fun when you were little?

Mom: Ride our bikes and go sleigh riding in the winter time.

Me: Did you like to read?

Mom: Yes, I read all kinds of books.

Me: Favorite color?

Mom: Yellow

Me: Favorite flower?

Mom: Hibiscus, Roses, and Pansies

Me: I thought your favorite was the daisy, because that was in your wedding bouquet!

Me: What was your favorite book as a child?

Mom: The Three Little Puppies. I liked Cinderella, Bambi, Donald Duck. I liked a lot of different stories and read many different ones.

Me: Did you have to do any chores when you were younger? What were they?

Mom: Milk cows, feed chickens, clean the barn, pull weeds and pick vegetables out of the garden. I washed clothes and hung them on the clothesline. Had to iron them too.There’s a lot of stuff we did!

Me: Did you have a least favorite?

Mom: Pulling weeds.

Me: What was school like for you growing up?

Mom: I used to cry in first grade when I went to school until I got used to it.

Me: Didn’t you go to Kindergarten?

Mom: No, there wasn’t a kindergarten back then.

Me: Oh! That’s interesting.

Me: What was the name of your elementary school?

Mom: Carroll Manor. That was my elementary then I went to Ridgley Middle School and I ended up graduating from Towson High School.

Me: What year did you graduate?

Mom: 1964

Me: What was your favorite school subject?

Mom: Reading

Me: I should have known that answer! Because you are always reading on your Kindle app on your iPhone!

Me: Do you remember any fads or fashions that were in style when you were in high school?

Mom: Oh! Hold on! I have to get my laundry!

(Intermission of sorts while mom gets her laundry in the dryer! Hahaha)

Mom: I used to wear skirts, blouses and dresses. Poodle skirts were the big thing then. We wore skirts with a belt that tied in the back.

Me: What kind of clothing did you wear to elementary school?

Mom: My mom used to make our dresses from feed sacks and there was a lot of print, no solid colors.

Me: What kind of music did you listen to? Who was your favorite artist?

Mom: Rock and Pop music of the 60’s. Dionne Warwick and the Supremes and Frankie Avalon.

Me: Did you go to prom? Who did you go with?

Mom: Yes, I went with my neighbors son, Glen. He asked me and he had a crush on me back then.

Me: What did your dress look like?

Mom: It had a flower print that came down past my knees. I looked glamorous in that dress!

Me: Did you have any pets?

Mom: Yeah I had a rooster for a pet but he didn’t have a name because I never named him. I had a Cocker Spaniel named Trixie, a Boxer named Mack, and another dog named Freckles.

Me: Those are cute names I like the name Freckles.

Me: What was your first car?

Mom: A 1963 Cadillac that I received when I graduated high school.

Me: What was a typical family dinner like?

Mom: Everybody ate together as a family. Not like today where families eat at different times.

Me: What was your favorite food back then?

Mom: Ham, green beans, and potatoes.

Me: Green beans? Yuck!

Me: Any Christmas traditions in the family?

Mom: Every year on Christmas Eve, we went to the Christmas church service. Me and my brothers and sister would decorate the tree and sometimes my mom would help. I remember getting up on Christmas day and the presents would be under the tree and there was so many presents that it seemed like they were everywhere in the living room.

Me: How many brothers and sisters do you have?

Mom: I had 3 brothers and 4 sisters. I had two brothers and one sister that died in a car accident. One of my brothers was married and his wife died in the accident too.

Me: What were their names?

Mom: Exie, Otis, and Clara. I was only three years old so I don’t remember if Clara was my sister’s name or if she was the wife of Otis.

Me: What was the full name of your husband?

Mom: Billy Edward Cornett, he was born March of 1944.

Me: How did you meet dad? What year did you meet?

Mom: When I was bowling. I used to belong to a bowling league. We met in 1971. I used to have plenty of trophies from bowling. Me and your dad were on the same bowling team and we both had trophies.

Me: Wow! That wasn’t a very long courtship then since i was born the year after!

Mom: No we were hanky pankyin!

Me: Oh my! I don’t need to know the details. Hahaha

Me: How did dad propose marriage to you?

Mom: He asked me in a car, we were parked on the side of the road across from his house in White Hall, Maryland. We were just talking normally when he popped the question.

Me: Did he look nervous like most men do, when he proposed to you?

Mom: Yeah he looked nervous because he didn’t know what I would say, I guess.

Me: When and where were you married?

Mom: St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sweetair , Maryland on April 24, 1971

Me: Was it a morning or afternoon wedding?

Mom: I think it was about 2 o’clock in the afternoon. After the ceremony we had the reception down stairs in the church hall.

Me: Did you have a honeymoon?

Mom: No.

Me: Why didn’t you have one?

Mom: We couldn’t afford it at the time.

Me: Was dad a romantic kind of guy?

Mom: Not really.

Me: What memory is your most favorite about your wedding day?

Mom: Walking down the aisle

Me: Did he cry when he seen you walking down the aisle towards him?

Mom: No. We were both very nervous. But after the ceremony, everyone got together and we cut the cake.

Me: So you guys had that deer in the headlights look on your faces?

Mom: Kelly, you’re funny….

Me: Wedding gifts?

Mom: I had a wedding shower at his moms (Lucia’s) house and we opened the gifts then. I should have pictures somewhere.

Me: Do you remember what some of your gifts were?

Mom: Vacuum cleaner, towels, dishes, and we were given a money tree but I don’t remember how much it was. That was a long time ago!

Me: Does that mean I’m old?! Gee thanks mom!

Mom: Don’t give me that look either! (laughing)

Me: How would you describe dad? What did you admire most about him?

Mom: Quiet and shy. I liked his personality and he always had someone laughing. He liked to joke around quite a bit.

Me: How did you find out you were pregnant for the first time?

Mom: I was nauseous and I had bad morning sickness.

Me: Were you and dad happy about it?

Mom: yes

Me: You’re not just saying that? Because that was me in that belly of yours!

Mom: No!

(Both of us are smiling)

Me: How did you come up with my name when you named me?

Mom: Sue, your dads sister, liked the name and was going to name her baby Kelly. We were pregnant at the same time and she ended up having a baby boy, so she chose another name for her son. So I decided to take that name. But if you were a boy, you would have been named Daniel Eugene.

Me: I’m so glad I am a girl!

Me: How did you choose my sisters name?

Mom: I just liked that name. Because you had my middle name, Ann, and when I named Amy I wanted her to have part of my first name of Carolyn and used that for her middle name for Lynn. That’s how I did it ūüôā

Me: Last question. What is one thing that you would want people to remember about you and your life?

Mom: Kelly Ann! I am dependable, like to help people, and a very lovable person. I don’t know, I didn’t think you would give me such a hard question.

My grandfather is being very elusive. I am having a hard time finding information on him. So far, I have some paperwork compiled by a family member of our family tree, some old black and white scanned photos, names, dates, and family members both past and present. Some are familiar to me and some are not. But that is the love of Genealogy research! Discovering family and learning, reading, and visualizing the lives they have led in the past.

But I will tell you what I do know of him so far. Walter Allen Cornett Sr. was born on December 29, 1909 and died nearly five years before I was born, he died on June 30, 1967. He married my grandmother, Lucia Rose Cornett on July 15, 1928. From what my mother tells me, they had 9 children together including a Dorothy Mae who was born on April 11,1930 and died May 10, 1930. She was only a month old when she passed away. I’m not sure what the cause of her death was. He was in the military, but I’m not sure which branch, what his rank was, military responsibilities, or even how long he was in the service.

According to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), he was 57 years old and 5 months! Pretty exact I would say. I am still trying to find information on him, sent out emails, Facebook messages to family, and once I get more information I will be sure to post an update!

On¬†, I found the 1930 Census information on Walter’s household during that time. The information found is below.

Name:Walter A Cornett
Census Event Date:1930
Event Place: Black Lick,Wythe,Virginia
Marital Status:Married
Estimated Birth Year:1909
Immigration Year: N/A
Relationship to Head of Household: Head (SELF)
Father’s Birthplace:Virginia
Mother’s Birthplace:Virginia
Enumeration District Number: 0004
Family Number:469
Sheet Number and Letter: 4B
Line Number: 59
Nara Publication:T626
Roll 2465
Film Number:2342199
Digital Folder Number:4547863
Image Number:00576

Walter A Cornett, Married at age 21 to Spouse Lucy R Cornett age 15.

Please Note: In the 1930 Federal Census- my grandmothers name is stated as Lucy R Cornett but in actuality her name is Lucia Rose Cornett. I guess that is the problem with Census takers, a lot of misspellings in the names and such, which makes it harder to discern your research at times.

Source Citation
“United States Census, 1930,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 16 May 2012), Walter A Cornett, Black Lick, Wythe, Virginia.

Below are some of the photos I have of them. Since I am in the process of moving, I will¬†have¬†to wait until I unpack and get settled to see if I have any other photos I can add to this blog about Walter! Please be patient….

After going through some paperwork, I found some other documents such as 2 separate honorable discharge papers, a press release and also a death certificate for Walter Allen Cornett. These were given to me from a family member. Granted, they are only scanned copies, but I’ll take what I can get! I am very much appreciative that she took the time to scan them and mail them to me.

Press Release
Andrews Field, MD

Honorable Discharge Document #1 (1945)

Honorable Discharge Document #2 (1946)
Death Certificate for Walter Allen Cornett