Janice Roden is a productive and busy person, and her skills in genealogy have helped many people. Here is what she sent me in answer to my questions about what was happening with her lately.
This first quote is from the link you will see in the fourth paragraph..."I've been doing genealogy for most of my life. I have always been interested in 'where I came from'. I have derived great pleasure in doing research and I am more than willing to pass on the information that I have. I usually self-publish "compilations" on various family lines. I donate them to the genealogical libraries, in order to insure that they might be of some help to other researchers.
Last year I finished my latest genealogical family book. That makes the 6th book I have created.
Each day I do indexing for the Mormons. I have indexed over 108,000 names. Of course that has been over several years.
I have also uploaded over 8,000 photos to the find a grave site. I always have to photoshop them before they are presentable:) http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=46857309."
Janice and Bud are very supportive of the State Fair here in Dallas. There is a special place in my heart for this type of community activity because my kids and I often participated in the State Fair of California when they were growing up. They both rode ponies in the 4-H Horse Show where they won much appreciated ribbons for their efforts. Also, one year we did a rather disastrous garden that was great fun but didn’t win anything.
Janice won 2nd place at the Fair for the following image. In this image you see her grandfather in the upper left corner. The watch in the middle of the collage, the brass knuckles and the spurs were his when he was a ranch hand on the Lazy S Ranch in Paducah, Texas in early 1900s. The doll was handmade by his wife who was also cooked for the ranch hands over an open fire.
This gem is an image of Janice's parents at the State Fair in 1930. When they were married she was 15 and he was 25 (he said he was 22 though)! The button and the pin came from the 1934 fair. The cup came from the 1940 fair.
Here are some familiar faces from the Texas State Fair and they won an honorable mention as well.
Here is the collage she won second place with in the 2005 Daughter’s of the American Revolution contest.
What a fun, wholesome way to share pictures about days gone by, our country, or the county fair itself!
More recent entries include images of Janice and her Grandson Carl. Below you can see what a difference a background can make!
Here is an interesting Special Effect. Of course, it helps to be a great hand at working with images the way Janice is!
And last but certainly not least below is an image of Bud's latest creation. If I was a bird, this is where I would want to come for dinner! It has a copper roof and four side feeders.
Many thanks Janice and Bud for sharing with us. These images are as big a treat as county fair corn dogs, roasted corn on the cob and cotton candy!