A Gathering of the Aunts

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Date: 1974 to 1974
Location: Paul and Sarah Mae Miller's House: 3937A North 20th Street, St. Louis, MO.map
Surname/tag: Miller-Davidson
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The summer of 1974 marks the beginning of my genealogical interests. My mom, dad, brother, sister and I were living in Fort Stewart, Georgia and it was the last day of school. Thankfully, it was only a half-day. I could not wait for the day to end because I knew Lady and Papaw would be there when I got home from school. This would be the last summer I could spend with them for a while because dad had gotten orders to go to Germany. I didn't want to waste a minute of that precious time on trivial things like school. My desk was cleared and packed well before the final bell sent me racing home. I only slowed down to shout a hurried "good-bye" to my favorite tree on the way home.

Lady and Papaw stayed with us for two weeks. Mom, Elaine, Lady and I spent those two weeks visiting graveyards and possible distant relations in and around Ft. Stewart. Lady bought me a "My Family Tree" book and we began filling in information. At the end of their visit with us, everyone agreed that I could go back to St. Louis with them. Was there ever any doubt?

Back in St. Louis, Lady and Papaw hosted a gathering of Lady's sisters. I believe they were all there: Essie Jane, Grace, Opal, Ruby and Vete. I do not remember Great Grandma Davidson being there, but I did visit with her when we took Aunt Essie Jane home later that summer. One of the things the Aunts and I did was to help fill in my family tree book. I could not tell you who contributed what information because they would debate until they reached an agreement and I would write it down. That is why I have included "A Gathering of the Aunts" as a source in some places.

I carried my book everywhere and added whatever I could glean along the way. When that summer was over, I carried "My Family Tree" with me to Germany. It helped me feel rooted and inspired me to look for my European roots there as well. At the very least, though the language barriers were present, I saw Europe in a deeper way.

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