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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 ...

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 ...

Jake and Anna, from start to finish

Just one photo. Is that really all I get to pick for week 14 of 52 Ancestors? Too bad. I'm picking two! Each photo is of my great-great grandparents, Jake and Anna Mueller.  Jacob Mueller was born in 1870 in St. Clair County, Illinois to Jacob and Dorothea Mueller. Anna was born three years later in Jackson County, Illinois to Jacob and Anna Margaret Neumann.  I chuckled when I realized Anna's parents were also Jacob and Anna!  This is Jake and Anna's wedding ...

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 ...

Walker Dog and Stormy Judy

Stormy Weather is an apropos theme for the Week 10 52 Ancestors Challenge. It’s March and, in southern Illinois, we would normally be headed into spring and well on our way to “tornado season”. Not this year … our only two snow storms of the winter have happened in the last two weeks. They’ve been doozies. I’m ready to open my back deck and swimming pool, and mix up a pitcher of sangria to share with friends! Spring is one of my favorite times of year … when everything ...

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 …

Follow my blog with Bloglovin 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 ...

Rev. Rowland Jones of Williamsburg, VA

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 six is “so far away".  “So far away” conjures many things … the first thing I recalled was a favorite movie with Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. Remembering how they arrived in America made me wonder about my own ...