How do you spell that?
I love that Amy Johnson Crow has given us themes for the 2015 52 Ancestors challenge! This week (week 15) is "How do you spell that?".
I have a lot of short, easy surnames in my family tree - Moore, Davis, Douglas, Lindsey, Jones. I also have a few like Lemaitre that have a couple variations. However, the one that has given me the biggest headache over the years is Voirol.
I've written about my 3rd great grandmother, Veronique Voirol, in a few different posts, but ...
Jake and Anna, from start to finish
Just one photo. Is that really all I get to pick for week 14 of 52 Ancestors?
Too bad. I'm picking two! Each photo is of my great-great grandparents, Jake and Anna Mueller.
Jacob Mueller was born in 1870 in St. Clair County, Illinois to Jacob and Dorothea Mueller. Anna was born three years later in Jackson County, Illinois to Jacob and Anna Margaret Neumann.
I chuckled when I realized Anna's parents were also Jacob and Anna!
This is Jake and Anna's wedding ...
My doppelgänger, Aunt Goldie
"Same" is the theme for week 12 of the 2015 52 Ancestors challenge. I'm always fascinated at how characteristics and features get passed to us from our parents and grandparents. Every now and then, I come across a photo of an ancestor that sends me into utter shock because of a family resemblance. The "sameness" that can appear between generations is sometimes enough to give a person goosebumps!
My family has the "Raines nose" ... almost everyone has the same ...
Kiss Me, I’m almost Irish
The week 11 theme for the 2015 52 Ancestors Challenge is "Luck of the Irish". I don't really have an ancestor that fits the theme ... we're of Scottish and German heritage and, while the Celtic route would still sort of fit, I decided to focus in on family tradition this week in light of St. Patrick's Day.
For as long as I can remember, we've celebrated St. Patrick's Day with corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, cake, and some sort of green drink. The basis of the menu is always ...
Walker Dog and Stormy Judy
Stormy Weather is an apropos theme for the Week 10 52 Ancestors Challenge. It’s March and, in southern Illinois, we would normally be headed into spring and well on our way to “tornado season”.
Not this year … our only two snow storms of the winter have happened in the last two weeks. They’ve been doozies. I’m ready to open my back deck and swimming pool, and mix up a pitcher of sangria to share with friends!
Spring is one of my favorite times of year … when everything ...
Grandma Schuster’s Recipes
I initially had trouble deciding about whom to write given the week 9 52 ancestors theme, Close to Home. I live in the same area where my ancestors on all sides have lived for as many as 200 years ... so everyone is close to home.
Then it hit me.
I was moving some books around (I have a lot of those!) and picked up “Grandma's Recipes”, a comb-bound booklet with a faded pink cover that my mother put together in 1988 using Print Shop. Inside are recipes that had been passed down to her ...
Everything happens for a reason …
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Good deeds … the 52 ancestors week 8 theme … is an easy one for me. When my grandpa would tell stories about his family, his grandfather, Thomas James Rains, would always enter the tale. There are many characters that intertwine in stories of the Rains family, so I will narrow in on one of the most important: Dr. James Lindsey … not even a Rains! He is, however, my 3rd great grandfather.
The Lindsey Family
James Lindsey was born on August 23, 1812 in ...
Love is an apropos theme for week 7 of the 2015 installment of 51 ancestors ... the week of Valentine's Day. Of course, the theme draws me toward ancestors who fell madly in love with their spouse and lived happily ever after. Well … that would be too predictable.
On Saturday, February 12, 1910, two sisters in Sturges, Sorth Dakota married((South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2013)). My great grandmother, Marion Veronica Essler (Verna), married Charley Jones. My great grand aunt, Florance ...