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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 ...

Genealogy Sources Part 2: Feby 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! Day 2  I'm writing about the questions I asked in Day 1 in two parts: JD Douglas in part 1, and his wife ...

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! Day 2  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 1 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!  Family Resemblance  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 ...