I fell in love with Green Stanford the first time that I found him in the census records. He was 74 and living in the 1930 household with his son Will Stanford. Family members did not talk about him so his name was new to me. What a cool name, Green. Because of his unique name, I was able to find his father, William Stanford, and trace the family back to 1870.
My second Green surprise was finding his picture on the internet, the day that I was flying to Birmingham, AL to attend IGHR. My cousin, whom I have never met, published the picture on the family web site. Finding a photo is an amazing thing, especially when it is unexpected. The eyes of Green, my 3x great grandfather staring back at me. Read the rest of this entry »