A Second Look at November

Feeling overwhelmed by the number of tasks on your genealogy to-do list? Oh my gosh, me too! Last month I decided to let my ancestors guide me through what should be done next to tell their stories. I started by printing a monthly calendar from Family Tree Maker. Each day lists an event in the life of one…

Reasons to Research

How many names are in your tree? How far back have you gone? If you’ve ever told anybody that you are climbing your family tree, chances are you’ve heard these questions more than once. The answer I’d like to give? Ugh. Why? Because I’m not a collector of names and dates; I collect stories. Some…

Who was President?

Do you remember who was running for office when you first became aware of politics? Who was in the White House when you were born? When your parents were children? When your ancestors immigrated? One of my grade school teachers held a mock election during the 1972 United States presidential election. I don’t remember as…

August Birthdays

Happy August birthday to my incredibly wonderful husband and to our beautiful granddaughter, to my sister, my paternal grandfather, my uncle Bob, my cousin Bill, my grand-uncle Bud, and my first cousin once removed Faith. Birthdays among my (possibly) German Clarkes: A second great grand-aunt Zora E CLARKE was born in Maryland on the 19th of August…

July Anniversaries

Ancestors in my family tree who married this month include: 01 Jul 1910 Myrtle Alvira YOUNGBERG and John L MILLER in St Joseph, Berrien, Michigan. Myrtle was a first cousin thrice-removed who married Joseph when she was 18 years old. Just a few years later, she married Joseph Philip FRIEND, a Motion Picture Machine Operator.…

June Birthdays

Happy June birthday to my daughter, my niece Cynthia, my grand-niece Kortney, my 2nd great-grandmother Bengta Jönsssdotter (23 Jun 1866 Västerstad, Malmöhus, Sweden), my 2nd cousin Elena, my 3rd cousin once-removed Susan, and my 4th cousin once-removed Carter. Birthdays among my (possibly German) Clarkes: My great-grandmother Ellen Gertrude Clarke was born in Springfield, Clark, Ohio 09…

May Birthdays

Happy May birthday to my favorite grandson, my cousin Alan, grandaunts Barbara and Marie, my granduncle Marv, my 2nd cousins Parick and Sean, my 3rd cousins once-removed Dianne and Judith, and my 4th cousins Mark and Renae. Birthdays among my German Bukmakowskis: A distant cousin Elsie Louise Caroline DOMKOWSKY (Carolina BUKMAKOWSKI’s granddaughter) was born in…