What’s in a Name Part 1: John, Jacob, and JD Douglas
I recently discovered the 31 Days to Better Genealogy challenge from Amy Johnson Crow and decided I need some motivation to get moving with my research again. Over the next several weeks, I will be sharing my own progress with this challenge. It will take me longer than 31 days – but you will hear from me a few times a week. Tag along, help me out, and have some fun!
Well ... I asked a couple of questions on day 1, so I'm writing about each in separate parts. ...
Setting Genealogy Goals
I recently discovered the 31 Days to Better Genealogy challenge from Amy Johnson Crow and decided I need some motivation to get moving with my research again. Over the next several weeks, I will be sharing my own progress with this challenge. It will take me longer than 31 days - but you will hear from me a few times a week. Tag along, help me out, and have some fun!
Day one of this challenge reminded me of a fundamental tenant of research: ask a question, set a goal.
Senator Samuel Casey and his Catfish
Illinois Senator Samuel Casey is my husband's 1st cousin 5x removed ... and he liked catfish.
Senator Samuel Casey
Samuel King Casey was born on June 27, 1817 in Smith County (now White County), Tennessee to Zadok Casey and Rachel King. Later that same year, the Casey family moved to what is now Jefferson County in Illinois, becoming early settlers and ultimate founders of Mt. Vernon.
In 2004 a newspaper article written by local history lover and writer Ben Gelman, the ...
The Old Black Goat
Week 20 of the 52 ancestors challenge is themed "black sheep". I come from a family of doctors, politicians, preachers, and a lot of farmers. I've not found a black sheep among them. Okay, the politicians might be questionable.
So, instead of writing about skeletons in closets or general bad behavior of black sheep ancestors, I'm sharing a story about a black goat that my great-grandfather, George Melvin Moore, had when my dad was a kid. It didn't like my dad ... and here's what ...
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 ...
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 ...