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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.


Genealogy for your house

There has been a lot of talk on our neighborhood email group about researching your house's history. One of the tips was to look at a set of maps that were made for fire insurance reasons. The Houston Public Library has them digitized online (accessible if you have a library card). We had heard that our house was built in 1929, but it shows up on the 1925 map, so it must be a few years older than we had thought. The next earlier map, from 1907 (I think) just has a blank strip two blocks high down the length of our street. The north side of the street has cross streets, but it doesn't show any buildings in the blocks, and the south side is in the empty space. It also shows a rail line just a few blocks away--that certainly isn't there any more!

Check your public library for "Sanborn Maps". At HPL they're part of the Proquest databases and only Texas maps are available online.

Insurance Maps of Houston

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