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The Spiker Gazette
Oxford, WVVolume  11Issue  7July 2017
In this Issue:Cleaning Up the Gardening Tools


Cleaning Up the Gardening Tools

Written by:  Bobbi Spiker-Conley

     Genealogy, the researching of family history, is not a new idea. From ancient Egypt to early modern Europe, bloodlines were traced to establish royal lineage. In the Bible, there's an entire chapter of "begats." But the publication of Alex Haley's book, Roots, and the subsequent television miniseries of the same name ignited the current genealogy obsession. 

     My mother, Dean (Bonnell) Spiker, started gathering family history information through old-fashioned sleuthing -- visiting local courthouses, churches and public libraries to plow through paper records and microfilmed copies. She'd write to cousins (some newly discovered) sharing photos and documents by "snail mail." And she'd attempt to get her children as excited about her discoveries as she was. Uh...we weren't so interested back then. Her "hobby" was dull, took way too much work, and didn't provide any instant gratification. Then we discovered the two things that could/would change all that -- the Internet and Email. A simple click of a mouse could take us back in time by hundreds of years in a matter of seconds and put us in constant contact with relatives close by and across the world. 

     As we explored the myriad of genealogy websites, my sister, Melanie (Spiker) Fouse, shared a list of her favorites on our page of "Genealogy Gardening Tools." Since we first published the list over ten years ago, many new genealogy websites have flooded the internet. There are simply too many to continue listing them on the page (and by now you're probably aware of the "good ones" anyway.) So we decided to clean them up. We are shifting our focus toward links and tools that are more specific to OUR direct ancestors and the communities in which they lived. 

     In addition to listing resources that we are using to document our family history, we are including links to historical groups on Facebook (of which we are members.) Take a moment to scan the list and click through a few links. Be sure to let us know of any that we may be missing. Send the URL and a brief description of the webpage to me for review. Click here to see the our updated list.   



Submitted by: Lisa Spiker -- Join us for the 11th Annual Spiker Farm Bull Ride. Two separate bull rides! Two action-packed nights!! July 14th and 15th, 2007.

Gate price is $15 for adults, $10 children. Ages 5 and under free. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Event starts at 7:00 pm. Hillside seating.

Photo by "Camo Cowboy" Bob Walker