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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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Boucher Cemetery in Murphysboro, IL

Many of my Grandpa's people are buried in Boucher Cemetery in Murphysboro, Illinois. Among them are Grandma Phoebe - Grandpa's mother - and her parents, Scott and Margaret Douglas. Several siblings and many other Raines family connections were laid to rest at Boucher Cemetery. While it isn't really "the family cemetery", I have always felt as though it should be.  When I was a teenager, Grandpa would tell me that it would someday be my job to take care of Grandpa ...

52 Ancestors #29: My Heroes

I'm writing about something a little different for my 52 Ancestors post this week. Earlier this summer, a brick honoring three men in my family was placed at the veteran's memorial at Riverside Park in Murphysboro, Illinois. I stopped by a few nights ago to take some photos. It was bright; the sun was setting behind the memorial and it cast a warm glow ... almost a sparkle ... over everything.  My grandpa took me to Riverside Park a lot when I was little.  The park sits ...