Category Archives: Ancestry

The Stuff of Legends

Every Family Historian has a few brick wills she will attempt to climb every now and again when the maze has confounded her. One of mine comes from my first Family History vacation in 2012. After visiting and touring the … Continue reading

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The Joy & Fury of Genealogy Gifts

Family Historians live for those five precious words: I have something for you. Let’s all just take a moment to remember that the amount of “stuff” I have (and believe me, I’m trying to eliminate a lot of it) in … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Reunion

Has it been four weeks already? It seems like yesterday, I was hugging my cousins. I think Steve said it best in an email the other day: “I guess you’re back on your busy, crazy schedule, huh?” I suppose I … Continue reading

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How did you get here?

How did you get here? The weekend that my Uncle Wayne passed away, Mom and I had been to Lower Michigan to brother my visit, Jeremiah. It is always so much fun to spend time with him. He is the … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – Margaret’s Gardens

This is how I remember my Grandmother: This is how my mother remembers her: Beautiful lady! Beautiful flowers! Beautiful memories!

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Assumptions are dangerous in genealogy. You may find yourself staring at a piece of information that you brain cannot accept as pertinent, simply because you’ve assumed something about your ancestor. You dismiss it and think, “that’s not my ancestor; I’ll … Continue reading

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A Note to the Descendants of Georg Schmitzer

Would one or two of you mind going by your given name instead of John and Johann? I love you guys, but wow…you’re a difficult bunch to make sense of. And you’ve made it difficult to find your brother, John. … Continue reading

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