The Ranney transcription that I have literally been working on for YEARS is finished! I sent the last section (generation) off earlier this evening. What a feeling of accomplishment! (And please no one ask me to transcribe anything else for a long, long while! LOL)
I hope it helps someone with their Ranney research. The link to the index is here.
I also made that call to my grand uncle's (Kenneth Carter Ranney) step-daughter this week! Go me! I hate cold calling, and I really have to wait until the mood hits me. The call did not go as well as I hoped; of course when someone gets a call like that from a stranger, their first thoughts are "Who IS this person?" and "What do they WANT?" I think more than anything she felt she needed to defend her care of my uncle in his later years. I have no doubt she took excellent care of him, and we were not in touch with him at that time, so who are we to judge? I was really hoping she had his death certificate that I could get a copy of, but from the feel of the call, I did not think it was best to ask about it. I will just wait until Texas makes his death certificate available to non-next of kin relatives in 2014.
I am thinking that I will send his step-daughter a follow up note, just thanking her for her time, etc.
I have been spending a lot of time researching again this week. There are some branches that I got a few leads on and I wanted to look into those. I found out a lot of information, but I swear for every new piece of information you find, you also find a new mystery!
It's been a fruitful week. I am sure I will keep on digging to find out more!