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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 ...

Charley Jones, Born October 15th

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small gave us a new 52 Ancestors challenge for 2015. Each week, we have a different theme about which to write. It’s quite the challenge, but I love meeting it and reading how everyone interprets each week. Week four is "closest to your birthday."   Discovering an ancestor who has a birthday close to mine usually causes me to think a bit more about how life would have been for that person. I'm not really sure why, but it becomes ...

Dora Dietz was one tough cookie!

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small gave us a new 52 Ancestors challenge for 2015. Each week, we have a different theme about which to write. It's quite the challenge, but I love meeting it and reading how everyone interprets each week.   The theme for 52 Ancestors for week 3 is “strong women”. It's hard for me to pick just one woman in my family … there are many who survived unfathomable experiences. There are women who trekked half-way around the world to ...

The Great Warrior King of Scotland

The week 2 theme for 52 Ancestors is "King". Gosh ... my mind goes directly to royalty! Imagine that! It's wild to imagine that a family that landed in America before it even was, then migrated from the Carolinas through Tennessee and up to Illinois would be descendant from any King, let alone Robert the Bruce, but mine is. Full disclosure ... I can't prove it beyond a doubt. I can only take the word of researchers before me and trust the DNA test that linked my Grandpa to relatives who ...

I wish I could have met her

In honor of Wishful Wednesday ...  Have you ever been asked, "If you could sit down with anyone in history and have a conversation, who would it be?". I have ... several times. I always have a different answer, too. Sometimes it's Eleanor Roosevelt, sometimes it is Mary Queen of Scots or Robert the Bruce. Sometimes it is someone a little closer to me like my 2nd great grandma, Margaret Ellen Douglas.   I grew up hearing stories about Grandma Douglas from my Grandpa. He ...

St. Peters Cemetery, St. Clair County, IL

I have been fascinated with cemeteries for as long as I can remember. It feels a little morbid, but there is great history lurking among the grave markers! I've wandered through my fair share of cemeteries, too ... sometimes just to imagine the lives of those buried in them. As the family genealogy nut (one of them, anyway), I've often visited a specific cemetery to document family history. Such was the case when JD and I visited St. Peters Cemetery in St. Clair County, ...

Raisin Pie

If you were to ask me what my favorite pie is, I'd say raisin ... or strawberry-rhubarb ... or raisin. It's a toss-up between the two! Raisin was also my grandpa's favorite pie. I don't recall my grandma ever making it, but I certainly remember my mom baking one at least once a year so he'd have some. He loved it ... and would talk about his mom, Grandma Phoebe, making it when he was a kid. Grandpa was 14 when is mama died ... that was the early years of the Great Depression. I've ...

52 Ancestors #31: Dorothy Orr

It always seems odd to refer to grandparents as ancestors. I suppose that’s because I've been raised around them or grown to know them well in my adulthood. They’re people who have helped me become who I am in ways that “dead people” ancestors haven’t. Alas, grandparents are ancestors, so this week I’m writing about MPG’s Gram, Dorothy Orr. The last time I was at my mother-in-law’s house, she handed me Gram’s “The Good Housekeeping Cook Book” to add to my collection. ...