Life of Fern Stoddard Part VI: Engagement to Frank Woodbury – September-October 1952

This week, we get more of the love letters between Frank and Fern, more diary entries from the journal of Maude Dee Porter detailing the events of Fern and Frank’s engagement between September 1952 and their marriage on 10 October 1952. Last week we left off with a letter from Frank to Fern on 28Continue reading “Life of Fern Stoddard Part VI: Engagement to Frank Woodbury – September-October 1952”

The Life of Fern Stoddard Part V: Engagement to Frank Woodbury August 1952

This post will, perhaps, be of most interest to descendants, relatives and friends of Fern Stoddard Woodbury and Frank Woodbury, but beyond the immense value and biographical insight and detail that it provides regarding their lives, it also demonstrates the value of creating and preserving family letters, the value of daily journals, and the insightContinue reading “The Life of Fern Stoddard Part V: Engagement to Frank Woodbury August 1952”

The Life of Fern Stoddard Woodbury Part IV: Frank and Fern’s Courtship

Again, it has been a few months since I last posted, but I hope my posts will be more regular from here on out (we will see if I can meet my New Year’s resolution). Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. Growing up, I remember that my parents would make Valentine’s Day into a sort of secondContinue reading “The Life of Fern Stoddard Woodbury Part IV: Frank and Fern’s Courtship”

How Much DNA Did I Inherit from Grandpa?

Last week, I shared a process for calculating the DNA that I inherited from my grandmother Fern Laurine Stoddard (1929-2020). In that case, I was fortunate in that Fern performed DNA testing before her death, but what about cases where one of your grandparents is already deceased? For me, determining how much DNA I inheritedContinue reading “How Much DNA Did I Inherit from Grandpa?”

Three Mothers: Part 3 – Annie Maude Dee Porter (1875-1964)

Annie Maude Dee Porter disliked Mothers Day. Her sentiments might have been reflected in the thoughts of Sharon Eubank who on Mother’s Day 2019 stated, “as a middle-aged woman with no kids, I have been by turns annoyed, amused, angry, breathless, and resigned on Mother’s Day,”[1] Eubank goes on to share how through an experienceContinue reading “Three Mothers: Part 3 – Annie Maude Dee Porter (1875-1964)”

“When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Grandpa”

When I was young, before I started school, I was sometimes asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. Without hesitation, I would eagerly respond: “When I grow up, I want to be a grandpa.” In my mind this was a perfectly acceptable occupation, for even if I did not know what IContinue reading ““When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Grandpa””

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