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A teacher, a soldier, and a wedding in the Black Hills

This post is inspired by the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow. The week 7 challenge is “Valentine”. When JD and I were married, my dad presented me with his grandmother's wedding ring. It was my "something old" to wear on my wedding day but he meant for me to keep it thereafter. The ring is Black Hills Gold, something that my great-grandfather found while stationed at Fort Meade in Sturgis, South Dakota. It is one of my favorite heirlooms from my dad's ...

Phoebe, and its many spellings

This post is inspired by the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow. The week 6 challenge is “favorite name”. One of my favorite things about genealogy is discovering names and naming patterns that have been used throughout my family's history. The farther back I reach, the more unique and sometimes unusual the names are. Phoebe, however, has always been my favorite family name.  Phoebe Douglas   My great-grandmother, Phoebe Douglas, ...

To Be or Not to Be … Married!

This post is inspired by the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow. The week 5 challenge is “In the Census”. When I was a kid, it was hard for me to think of my grandparents as anything other than ... grandparents. My grandpa was 55 years old when I was born, my grandma was 51. In my mind, they are always in their 60s and that's how I choose to remember them. I never thought of them as young, certainly not teenagers. But, they were once! Moving in with ...

Bridging Generations and Countries with Food

This post is inspired by the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow. The week 4 challenge is "Invite to Dinner". Food has always been a central part of my life. From holidays to family celebrations to culinary travel adventures, food is part of my identity.  When I was growing up, dinnertime was a time for my family to talk about what was happening in our lives. We shared daily challenges and triumphs, discussed plans for the upcoming weekend, talked ...

The Longevity of Family Lore: The Ghosts

This post is inspired by the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow. The week 3 challenge is “Longevity”. As defined, longevity means long life or long existence. Today, looking for inspiration, I asked Noodle if she knew what longevity meant. She just turned 11 so I didn't expect a "yes". I didn't get one either. After I explained the meaning and told her it was my article theme for this week, she said I should write about ghosts! Yep. Ghosts. According to ...

My Favorite Photo of my Grandma

This post is inspired by the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow. The week 2 challenge is "Favorite Photo". My Time Machine The hallway in my house is like a time machine. One that takes you back 150 years through family photos, old cookbooks, and little trinkets that represent various lives well lived. There are photos of people we grew up with and those of people we only met through family stories. I love all of the photos that scatter these shelves. ...

My Love of Genealogy: An Origin Story

I’m at it again this year … 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, thanks to Amy Johnson Crow. The theme for week one is “Start”. Oh, so many ways to interpret that. But we all start somewhere … The Start of it All   I was 11 years old when I fell in love with history - specifically the American Civil War era - in large part due to historical fiction author John Jakes and his Orry Maine. It wasn’t so much the history we’re taught in school … dates, places, and names of ...

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?".  Ha!  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 ...