Be sure to scroll down when you see this picture.

Magic Margot Shoebox is a collection point for all that I hold dear - and that's a lot. My recent inspiration is Don Floyd's new blog thecaptainandthomasine.

The original title of my blog "Chihuahuas for Change" popped into my head two years ago when I was looking for a place to "store" all the information I accumulated on Sarah Palin. I've since dumped that information as others have done a far better job researching and accumulating.

Life is about change and since I have darling Libby the chihuahua the title seems to still be fresh.


One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.

"Nullius in verba" Take no one's word for it.
Do your own research.

Success if going from one failure to the next with enthusiasm. Winston Churchill




I told you this is a shoebox and we all know that we simply put stuff into a shoebox in no particular order. That's how things are going to appear here. When something whaps me over the head you will be the first to know.

Right now, I want to tell you about my favorite blog in the whole wide world - Margaret and Helen. Hope you go read their post called "I can see November" - while there note their statistics. A grandson set this site up and it's been around the world several times. Margaret and Helen have been friends for over sixty years and counting.

Don Floyd and I have been friends for more than thirty years and counting. We first became pen pals in the late 70's. We are cousins and share a passion for genealogy. My major project this year was helping Don get his book "The Captain and Thomasine" published. Will give you more details in later post.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Quite by accident I received an e-mail from a gentleman in France referring me to some records on Steve's ancestor, Madam DeValcourt.  We've had a picture of her for years, but it turn out that there is yet another by a famous artist known as Carmontelle.  The new "find" inspired me to gather all the information on Madam and publish a book.  It's at  I became fascinated with the life of Madam when I realized that her husband, his father and grandfather all served in the courts of Louis IV to VI and that the couple probably visited Versailles and certainly lived in Paris during the French Revolution.  The book includes all the facts from my database and to put some meat on the bones I wrote a narrative.  What fun.

Now I have the prize of all prizes sent to me by Gene Lockwood son of Martha Lockwood.  Here are the pictures of Sieur Jean DeValcourt as well as Alexandre the couple's son.  You can learn all about them by visiting my web page at

Here is Alexandre
 Here is Sieur Jean Baptiste DeValcourt who was enobled by Louis XVI for good and faithful service.

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