Richard L. Kienlen: Famous Pigeon Photographer?

Richard L. Kienlen . . .Famous Pigeon Photographer?
52 Ancestors in 52 WeeksWeek 16 Theme: Out of Place
Researching close family is a strange process. 
I was close to my parents. I thought I knew them, but surprises are 
out there just waiting to be discovered.

As I mentioned in a previous post (HERE), 
my dad loved to travel. He also loved photography and science. 
As a photographer for Ralston-Purina, he was able to incorporate the things
he loved into his career. I once asked him why he chose that career instead of one where he could make more money. 
He told me that it was more important to enjoy the work you do than to have money. 
That was such an important lesson, one that I passed on to my children. 
My girls may never be rich, but they are doing what they enjoy, which makes me happy. My dad would be so proud!

On Thanksgiving day, 2014, I lost my dad. 
It's a strange feeling when both of your parents are gone, and I am so
thankful to have two wonderful sisters. We got each other through…

Using DNA to Confirm Research Conclusions

Using DNA to Confirm Research Conclusions
52 Ancestors in 52 WeeksWeek 15 Theme: DNA

Uncle Tom is our official family historian. Some of us in the younger generations have inherited the "genealogy gene" and have done our own research, but Uncle Tom provided us with a head start.  I have been able to use his information as hints which have led me to more  in-depth information to fill in the gaps.
Uncle Tom has been right about his, and therefore my mom's, ancestors. That amazes me. I believe he has done most if not all of his 
research the "old" way.  He wrote letters. He interviewed people. He visited libraries, 
courthouses, and cemeteries. What I didn't get from Uncle Tom were source citations. He may have them, but I have never asked because I enjoy the process of finding things again, for myself. It's like a treasure hunt.
My dad's ancestors have, for the most part, been easy to trace. His French Canadian ancestors settled in the "Illinois Country"…

Our Adventure In Search of Henry Barkley of Rowan County, North Carolina

Our Adventure In Search of Henry (Hendry) Barkley  of Rowan County, North Carolina52 Ancestors in 52 WeeksWeek 14 Theme: Brick Wall
Generation 11

My 6th Great Grandfather

Rigsby, Kienlen, Aden, Thompson, Cowan Barkley

Henry Barkley has been a puzzling subject. 
Most online family trees show Henry as the son of Robert Barkley and Margaret Kerr. Others think his parents were Robert Bartley and a woman named Leah. Robert W. Ramsey, in his book Carolina Cradle, cites a source claiming Henry was from Pennsylvania, but we have been unable to locate the 
original record he had found.

Some researchers connect Henry Barkley to the Barclay family near Stonehaven, Scotland through the Robert married to Margaret. 
There is no proof. He was called Hendry in his will, which is the Scottish form of Henry. Does this mean he was Scottish, or was the person writing the will Scottish? I don't know. He was certainly living in the same
location as other Scots and Scots-Irish. Also, he was Presbyterian.

I also h…

"Man Met at Dog Show Led Her a Dog's Life"

Brazeau John Kienlen52 Ancestors in 52 WeeksWeek 13 Theme: In the Papers
Generation 7

My Great Great Uncle

Rigsby, Kienlen

Brazeau John Kienlen, who went by the name 
John B. Kienlen, was my Great Great Uncle. He was born  in St. Louis on 19 February 1866 to Alexander J. Kienlen and Julia Brazeau. It's strange to think about how long ago he was born because my dad knew him. He told me he was a real estate agent, and he lived in a fancy apartment in the  Central West End. 
That's all I really knew about him until I began searching newspapers for my maiden surname, Kienlen.

I came across an interesting tale of John and his on-again/off-again wife, Mamie. I think it's best to let the 
newspapers tell the long but entertaining tale.

1911 Transcription of newspaper article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 8 Jun 1911: 
Married When Lonesome, Seeks Second Divorce. Fourth Husband, Who Was Also Third, Has Left Mrs. Kienlen; 
She Asks Freedom. 
Mrs. Mamie Kienlen, who has been married four times,…

Frank J. Aden

Frank J. Aden52 Ancestors in 52 WeeksWeek 12 Theme: 12
Generation 6

My Great Grandfather

Rigsby, Kienlen, Aden

This week's theme is "12". One of Amy Johnson Crow's suggested interpretations of this theme was to write about the person 
who is #12 on an ancestor chart. 
This is your mother's father's father.

I don't know much about my great grandfather, Frank Aden, but that's okay.
It reminds me that I need to call my Uncle Tom to get some stories out of him.
Anyone who knows Uncle Tom knows I'll have no problems doing this!

Captain Thomas Cowan's Family

Captain Thomas Cowan's Family52 Ancestors in 52 WeeksWeek 11 Theme: Large FamilyThomas and 
Mary Elizabeth Barkley Cowan

Generation 10

My 5th Great Grandparents

Rigsby, Kienlen, Aden, Thompson, Cowan

I come from what is considered an average-sized family. I have two sisters. I only have cousins on my mom's side. I remember spending time with my cousins growing up, and we were all about the same age, or I should say most of us were born within the same decade, except the youngest who still likes to remind us he is the youngest (You know who you are!).

My mom's family was a bit different. I always thought it was funny that she was the same age as her Uncle Ray. They graduated from high school together.
I recently learned that she was the Maid of Honor at her Aunt Martha's wedding.
There is a lot of overlap in large families, and relationships were not always what we expect them to be based on today's perspective. 

Thomas Cowan and Mary Elizabeth Barkley had a large family of …

Uncle Joey

"Uncle Joey"52 Ancestors in 52 WeeksWeek 10 Theme: Bachelor UncleJoseph Patrick Kister, Jr.

Generation 3

My Brother-in-Law
and my kids' uncle

Rigsby, Kister

Joseph, or "Joey" as we called him, was my husband's brother.
There would eventually be four boys in the family, and Joey was the second.

Joan with Mark, Joey, and Mike  c. 1967

Joan and Joe with Joey, Mark, Mike, and Kevin, c. 1970

Joey was a kind person, and family was 
important to him. This was especially true as our family
began to grow. His photo album contained a few pictures of 
friends and vacations, but mostly family, and most of these of
his nieces and nephew. 

Our oldest daughter Jennifer loved her Uncle Joey.
I remember when we asked him to be her Godfather.
He looked so happy and proud!


Joey was also there, video camera in hand, to take the first videos of our 
second daughter, Kristin. I was completely miserable at the time, itching like crazy after some medicine they had given me. He filmed
that too be…