Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!


Okay…yeah, I might be!  Cemetery…with a beautiful Hawaiian ocean scene…me with my camera = SUCH a good vacation day! :o)  Yet, too bad I don’t have any Hawaiian ancestors.

Other miscellaneous family history stuff:

Learn your lineage through your feet (!???!)

Got Quaker ancestors?  I wanna be like Zooey Deschanel and go to Swarthmore College to find mine!  My family history travel bucket list is rather long and getting longer every day.

Have a terrific day!  Do or learn something NEW!



a NEW family history find


Happy Tuesday!  I just had to share this NEW family history find that I absolutely LOVE!  (Now I know that the love of learning new things must run in my family :o) This Deborah Doty is my 3rd Great Aunt and she learned to ride a bicycle at the age of 100.  So Cool…You GO Deborah Doty Girl!

Have a terrific day!  Do or learn something new…no matter your age!

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!  (Oops, where did the time go?  I guess this post is getting published a day late…Happy Miscellaneous Tuesday!)

Well friends, I have some major, time-consuming projects in the works and I need to apologize in advance that posts may be sparse in the next few months.  Nevertheless, today I’d like to share these miscellaneous items with you:

  1. I found a great NEW family history blog with, what looks like, some of the lines I need to research further.  I’ll be contacting the blogger soon to see if we can collaborate. Anyone else looking for Thornton genealogy?  Check it out! {HERE}

2. I’m SO excited that it’s peach season! I think the peach is my all-time fav fruit.  I just searched ‘peach’ on pinterest, and now I’ve gotta make Peach and Mustard Glazed Pork Chops, Grilled Peaches, Peach Jam, Fresh Peach Pound Cake, and a Rustic Peach and Strawberry Tart!  OH YEAH, YUM!  I’ve got to get to a farmers market soon!

3. Lastly, our (well…my) NEW favorite game to play which was introduced to us by our DIL is SPOT IT.  It is SO frustratingly fun to play!  I like games…although, my male-dominant household…not so much.  But sometimes I get lucky and get to play a few hands, yeah!

Have a great day!  Learn or do something NEW!

NEW photos of my week and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!  You might recall a post back in June, went I mentioned we went for a hike hoping to find these wildflowers, but found snow instead.  Well, this is hike-take-two.  The meadows were filled with wildflowers and we even hiked further up to this lake:


For today’s short sermon, I’ll simply link to this really well-done video (HERE)  about how important family is and how one man found his grandfather’s army weapon after his funeral…and how important researching his grandfather’s life was to him.

Have a terrific day!  Do or learn something NEW!

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday! I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful SPRING!

Well, the NEW things I want to share this week are some very random things I learned recently at a genealogy conference I attended.  So…in genealogy, we strive to find birth dates, marriage dates, death dates etc…and any additional historical information about marriage customs might just help us do that.  I didn’t previously know what ‘Bundling’ was.   However, now that I know, it probably won’t help me break through any genealogical brick walls, but I have to say it is interesting!

Did you know that sweethearts in the 18th century were not only allowed to sleep together before marriage, but were encouraged to???  It was known as ‘Bundling’ (check out Wikipedia OR This Blog)

I also learned of the history of  the Italian infant abandonment system and its name-assignment practices.  (Terrific article HERE)  I found it so sad that unwed mothers could anonymously abandon their babies in a rotating wheel that was on an outside wall of a hospital!  Wow.

That’s it for that random stuff.  Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!





a NEW very tragic family history find

Fatal Barn Raising Accident June 1899

Hey!  Happy Friday!  I haven’t been out shooting lately {I really need to before the fall colors disappear!}…but I’ve been spending hours and hours and hours on family history.  I think I’ll take a break and at least do the dishes. :o)

I thought I’d share the story of one family I’ve been researching.  They had a very sad week in June of 1899.  A brother and a brother-in-law were helping with a barn raising and something went terribly wrong and the wall they were putting up crashed down on them (and other men).  The two family members died and then one of their wives died from the shock of hearing of her husband’s death!  (Now I’m just so curious to know if she had a weak heart to begin with, OR WHAT?!?…I don’t think I’ll ever know.)  Sad times!

Ok…the dishes are calling my name.  Have a great weekend!  Do or learn something NEW!

a great NEW family history success story (not my own)


Happy Sunday!  As many of you may know, I adore doing family history research.  I also adore listening to genealogy success stories.  So here’s one for you: The two elderly sisters above were separated at birth in England and then reunited 78 years later.  Isn’t that great!  You can listen to the story HERE.  Their story goes from the 2 minute mark to the 4 minute mark into this program…(just a tip, so you don’t have to listen to all the other business :o)

And here’s a family history quote to ponder today:

“If you don’t know history, you don’t know anything. 

You’re a leaf that doesn’t know it’s part of a tree.”

–Michael Crichton, Timeline, Knopf

Have a great day!  Do something NEW!




a NEW family history find


Hi all!  I just had to share these  “Before and After” photos!  As I previously mentioned, my travels to Minnesota was mainly to do family history work while my husband went to a conference.  I already had some vital information on this family member, but more sources and proof of correct research is ALWAYS a good thing, right?  All I can say is: THANK GOODNESS FOR KIND AND HELPFUL CEMETERY GROUNDS-KEEPERS!!!!  Wow!  I probably would never have found this gravestone!  You can see in the first photo, that the stone was pretty well hidden!  I had called the cemetery office and found out the section, row and grave…but even with that info, it was hard to know when the section began, which direction the rows started etc.  I had been working for a while when a VERY KIND worker drove up in his red truck and asked if I needed help finding a grave.   I told him the information…so he found the row, then paced off the grave number and WHHAAALAAA!  He Nailed it!  SpOT ON! First Try! {Thank you SO much, kind worker in the red truck!!}

Have a great day!  Do or Learn (or FIND) something NEW!

Miscellaneous Monday….NEW stuff I gotta share


It’s Monday {again} :o)!  How do the weekends fly by sooooo fast?!!!  I even took work off Thursday and Friday, and the weekend still zoomed by too quickly!  Last week, my hubby and I traveled south, to Utah’s Dixie.  It was really nice and WARM there!  The red rocks, blue skies, and blooming flowers made for nice NEW photos!

We made it a very quick trip and was back home by Friday evening – then Saturday I attended a GREAT Family History Fair and took a few NEW classes.  Now I’m motivated to ‘get back at it’!  (I seem to I do genealogy in spurts :o)  I also recently noticed this family history blog:  DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog …I like to visit once in a while, to keep myself motivated to do more researching – (because sometimes, when those brick walls pop up, I can get a bit discouraged).

And lastly…this GREAT quote from M*A*S*H’s Alan Alda:

Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in. Alan Alda

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!

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Mosaic Mondays





my NEW genealogical excitement


As a family historian, I love, loVE, LOVE living in this day and age of computers, scanners, optical character recognition readers etc!  Isn’t it sooo great?!?  Are you wondering what’s in the box?  Well…let me tell you!  They are bunches of old will documents that have been stored away in Maryland for over ONE HUNDRED YEARS….maybe not even opened for that long…who knows!   But now, these records are being scanned and available  for use/research.  Click the ‘source’ link next to the picture to read the article.  It really is an EXCITING time for genealogical research!  If you missed my post about the War of  1812 Project, be sure to check it out too!

I’ve been busy lately with plenty of family history research…mainly USA research.  However I do have English ancestors and I {eventually} would like to get going on researching those lines!

I recently went to a short workshop on how to use FindMyPast at a nearby Family History Center.  Since I’m busy with other research, I don’t really want to pay the money to have access to this database at home (Ancestry.com’s subscription alone about breaks the bank!), so I’m sooooo glad I can go somewhere to use it without signing up and paying yet.  Maybe when I’m REALLY seriously studying those English lines I will, but not now :o)

Just so you know, there is no cost to visit a FamilySearch Center, and they are open to anyone with an interest in genealogical research. There are more than 4,600 Family History Centers in 134 countries – so find one near you!!! Family History Centers provide free access to quite a few subscription genealogy websites.  It’s soooo GREAT!