14 February 2013

Thankful Thursday: Aunt Helen Still Webster

Thankful Thursday is a GeneaBlogger prompt expressing gratitude for a person (past or present), resource, family history tool or anything connected to you or your and family history that has had a positive impact on your life. My thanks and appreciation in regards especially to genealogy is to my Aunt Helen.

Aunt Helen is Helen Still Webster, the youngest daughter of Franklin Still and Jennie S VanHorn. She was incredible. She knew everyone in Mortonville and the surrounding areas. She would read the local papers every day and if she saw something that was about you or that she thought you like, she would immediately clip it out and send it to you with a note.

It was Aunt Helen who helped me so much with the Still line. She was born in 1904 and it was not until I was in high school ... 1983-1987 ... that I got interested in researching the family. After she filled in blanks with dates and such (yes I also documented but it was a great place to start), we turned to family stories. I would write and ask a question or two and she would respond with a short essay, similar to the one I included here on Monday for Amanuesnsis Monday!

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