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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #5 James Madison Rains

One thing I have learned in the short month of writing 52 Ancestors is that I know very little beyond vital information about my ancestors.  It's amazing how much genealogical information we have and equally amazing how much we're missing. It's the difference between our history and our heritage.  I've heard the name James Madison Rains (Raines) all my life ... my Grandpa Raines used to talk about him but only as the father of his own grandpa Rains. There weren't really many tales ...

How one book helped me prove my father-in-law wrong

Let me preface this post by telling you how much I love MPG's Daddy ... I'm sure they'll both read that title and wonder about me! MPG and I have been together for 15 years.  In those early days when I was trying to get to know the family, I would ask questions about family history, etc.  Every time I asked about the Davis family and who we were related to, I received a resounding "nobody around here".  Ha! My parents-in-law live about 30 minutes northeast of me as the crow ...

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #4: George Melvin Moore

Tonight, I'm missing my daddy and all the crazy stories he told about growing up in Harrisburg, Illinois in the 1950s.  So, I'll share one with you about his grandfather. First, I have to tell you a little about Great-Grandpa Moore.  What I know about George Melvin Moore George Melvin Moore was born on June 30, 1875 in Saline County, Illinois to Joab (1846-1911) and Martha Ann (1847-1918) Moore.  This line of Moore's has been traced back to the originating USA location ... ...

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #3: John Jones

My Dad's grandfather, Charley Jones, was always one of those conundrums in the family ... the genealogy brick wall that I could never get through.  Until recently.  About 6 months ago, I was able to push through the brick and start tracing my Jones family history ... all the way back to early settlers of America.  How cool is that?! I have chosen my 5th great grandfather, John Jones, to write about this week. I have no family stories to tell because, for all practical purpos...

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, #2: Jacob Heinrich Mueller

Jacob Heinrich Mueller is my 4th great grandfather on my mother’s side.  He was born in Darmstadt, Germany in 1798 to John George Mueller and Anna Maria Rhutz (1800-1844).  He immigrated to America in 1828 and settled in St. Clair County, Illinois. He was employed as a blacksmith after he arrived in St. Clair County. Jacob married Mary Margaret Weber in 1832 in St. Clair County.  Together, they had at least one child, John Jacob, my 3rd ...

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #1 Margaret Ellen Lindsey

Margaret Ellen Lindsey is my 2nd great grandmother on my mom's side.  She was born on November 17, 1841 near Pomona, Illinois to Lewis and Nancy (Sumner) Lindsey. The Lindsey family settled in this area in the early 1800s. She was among the first generation of Lindsey's born here in Southern Illinois where much of the family, me included, still live. What I know about Margaret Ellen Lindsey Margaret married Philip Wolf on October 15, 1864. Together they had three children: Samuel ...

Family History Brick Wall: Veronica Voirol

My third great grandmother on my dad’s side was Veronica (Veronique) Voirol. She was born in Geneva, Switzerland on August 18, 1829 and came to the United States sometime before her marriage to Joseph LeMaitre on December 24, 1852. Veronica is one of my family history brick walls. Family records provide information on her birth and US census records verify at least the year. She was married in Fort Wayne, Indiana … I knew this from family stories, but have recently been able to obtain ...

Merry Christmas!

I introduced Noodle to "A Christmas Story" tonight ... she just turned 7 and I think I was 8 or 9 when I first saw it at the theater in 1983.  She laughed all the way through it, and kept asking me if Ralphie was going to shoot his eye out! As I was tucking Noodle in to bed, I remembered how I felt as a kid on Christmas Eve ... awaiting the arrival of Santa.  Back then, we didn't have the Norad Santa Tracker, but we did have Rudolph's nose ... it was actually the red light on top of a ...