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I wonder how many genealogy journeys begin at funerals? Mine was one such journey that began in the early 1990’s at my grandmother’s...

All Paid Up

Week 15 is all about taxes. I recently came across an 1895 entry for Walter Norman Mague in the transcription of the Plainfield [New...

Bloom Where You're (Re-)Planted

I am not especially comfortable writing about Week 12’s topic of misfortune. I think every life has times that seem either lucky or...

"There goes your mother"

This week’s topic is “Lucky” and the one person I can think of who was really lucky was my maternal grandmother, Big Grandma, who I...

Big Grandma

When I read that the Week 10 topic was “Strong Woman” my immediate thought was that all the women in my family have been strong. Maybe I...

My Trusty Friend

Week 9, “Where there’s a Will,” brings to mind a story of family and friendship. The good thing about my great, great grandfather,...

Lavinia's Chair

Week 8 of the 52 Ancestors challenge asks about “heirlooms.” This is difficult simply because I have so many inherited mementos, it’s...

Valentine Ott

Week 7 is all about Valentines. My great grand aunt, Josephine Conrad (1839 – 1905) had her own personal valentine … her husband,...

Oh, Magoo, you've done it again!

Week 6 is all about your “favorite name.” There are many that could fall into this category for me, but I don’t think I’ve any way around...

The Story's in the Big Picture

Week 5 has us thinking about the Census; one of the key resources for any genealogist to track family composition and change through...

Goose Grease and Raisin Cakes

Week 4: This week’s inspiration is “out to dinner.” The topic reminds me that we do not have a strong food tradition in my family on...

53 Years and Counting

Week 3: This week’s inspiration for the 52 Ancestors blog is “Longevity,” something I’ve never really thought much about in genealogy....

"I Remain Your Loving Sister"

Week 2: Inspiration this week was "Favorite Photo." This created a bit of a dilemma because of my commitment to feature collateral lines....

"A Place Called Ladysmith"

Week 1: This week's inspiration for 52 Ancestors was "Start," so I'm starting with some of the sweet treats found in the Candy Box File....

52 Ancestors Challenge

This year I am participating in the 52 Ancestors challenge from Amy Johnson Crow. I'm writing primarily about my collateral lines ......