Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Monday, April 7, 2014

F is for Facebook

I never thought I would praise a site like Facebook. I realize it's fun and can be interesting but it is also a great time waster and can cause a lot of problems.

My family moved from Kansas (a state I had never been out of before) to Arizona when I was 13. I kept in touch with a couple of friends for awhile but then got involved with my new life in the desert.

Through Facebook I have found some of those Kansas friends and that is cool.

I've also found groups for my elementary school, the high school I would have gone to and the one I did graduate from here in Arizona. Also a site for those who grew up in both towns I've lived in.

On each of these sites people have posted photos from their childhoods which overlapped with mine. Also memories of teachers, the playground, local stores and events. It is amazing!

I've found the kids who lived next door and shared memories with them. One day I hope we will be able to share photographs as I don't have any of them.

In return I've posted some pictures I took of my home town. I went back to visit a year or so after we left and I took pictures of all my favorite places. Even those who still live there were excited to see some of them such as this one of the swimming pool.

Other people on the page talked about the high dive, taking swim classes 
and even the smell of the changing rooms. 
Another photo I shared was this one from a parade for the Kansas Centennial. 
I remember going with my sister. Mom was probably working as she was a dispatcher 
for the police and fire departments.

Next time you are on Facebook look up your schools and home towns. Actually try doing it on Google and other search engines. I found photos of my grade school being torn down and an article about my junior high when it was opened including a map of the building. 

These have filled in many gaps in my own memories and the memoir I am writing.

So many memories!


  1. I love this! It's true... there are some awesome things about Facebook :-) I reconnected with several elementary school and high school friends. I wish I could find some others but they must not be on Facebook.

  2. Rita, the photo you posted here of the Kansas Centennial Parade is so cool! My hubby was born in Kansas in 1960. When I saw the date on your photo (Dec 1960), I couldn't help but think he was just a baby at the time this photos was taken. Of course, we didn't meet until years later, but it made me think about him in his earlier years and his family growing up in Kansas. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Yes! That is my favorite part of Facebook, too. But did you know there are also family reunion pages and surname pages on Facebook? I agree it can be a time waster and can cause problems, especially if you get sucked into any of the games. So far, I have resisted all "invitations".

  4. Wow, great idea, and I love the photos.

    I'm not the biggest FB fan in the world, but it definitely has its uses, and this is a very cool thing to be doing with facebook.

    cheers, and best of luck with the challenge!

  5. Thanks for popping by. Just caught up with your AtoZ's. Great theme. I started a little delving a few years back and found my dad wasn't the orphan we thought he was. I use facebook to keep in touch with family and friends scattered all over the world.


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