52 Ancestors – Week 7 – Love

I really struggled with this meme. I never knew any of my ancestors, not my grandparents on either side, not even my father. I knew my mother but it was a contentious relationship and not very “loving.”  So who was I going to write about? I wanted, needed to continue to participate in this challenge but who? Then this morning I realized it is not “who” but “what.” THE RESEARCH The research is what I love. The thrill of discovery, of knowing I used my “problem solving skills” to figure out where to look to find the elusive puzzle pieces …

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Daily Dose #2

Explore a scene or story from your memory by reimagining it from an alternate perspective. Archie and his wife Lulu wearily descended the steps of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy train searching for the familiar face of his brother, Fred. It had been a long and circuitous train ride from Glenullin, North Dakota to Nodaway, Iowa and Archie was fearful to learn of his father’s condition. The telegram had said only that he was gravely ill. “Lulu, I don’t see Freddy so let’s get you inside out of the cold to wait. I’m sure he will be here shortly.” “Archie, …

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52 Ancestors 52 Weeks – Week 4

Who Would I Like to Meet In truth I would like to meet ALL of those hundreds of ancestors. I would love to hear each of their stories so this is a difficult choice; do I choose my second great grandfather, a Confederate veteran and Baptist minister or my husband’s fourth great grandfather, a veteran of the Revolutionary War from the Pennsylvania militia and early pioneer into Kentucky. I have chosen the later, Paul Arnspiger. The beautiful panoramic photo above is the land Paul owned in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. The photo was taken in 2005 on our first trip to …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – week 2 – Challenge

This is my second post for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.  As genealogists we face so many challenges in our pursuit of family history. One of which is the challenge of a common name. How can we be sure we have the right individual? Even 250 years ago there were individuals of the same name in the same location.  My 5th great grandfather was John Smith; yes likely the most common of common names. What I have written here is the little I have been able to learn about him and support with documentary evidence. WHAT HAS …

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Writing Ancestor Stories Led to HathiTrust For Historical Context

Writing Ancestors Stories Led to HathiTrust for Historical Context Have you ever decided to write an ancestor’s story only to discover you don’t know enough about their historical time? Did you let that stop you? I remember when I was trying to write about my grandmother I found it challenging to “add meat to the bones” of her story. After a great deal of online research, I learned of some unique digitized publications which provided a window into the past; my grandmother’s present. In this post I will share some of those publications with you. HISTORICAL CONTEXT What is Historical …

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