Recently my husband, for his genealogy research, was studying up on the different names that the countries of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland have used as they have united and divorced over the centuries. For me, a chart is helpful in understanding and remembering the timeline of these changes. This one from a Wikipedia user … Continue reading Timing is Everything
My mom with her dad, ca. 1950. In honor of my mom's birthday this week, here she is as an infant with her dad. Mom was the fourth of six children, born while the family lived in Colorado. She has an incredible song catalog in her head, remembering countless songs all the way back to … Continue reading Photo: Birthday Girl
Just south of the center of the small village of Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland, stands St. Colman's Cathedral, built in 1250 on the site of the monastery St. Colman founded in the 6th century. A few of my early Pritchard and Wright ancestors married, had their remains laid in the churchyard, and probably worshiped here. … Continue reading Wildflowers in the Churchyard
My dad at his grandparents' Abbeville, SC house, ca. 1946. His grandpa can be seen on the porch.
My Pritchard ancestors lived in Midleton (sometimes Middleton) Parish in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. They were most likely of English descent, but it's not known when they first came to Ireland. They seem to be well established in Midleton, neighboring Rathcoursey, and Cork City before 1691. Records list members of the family … Continue reading The Rock at Midleton
My 9th great-grandfather was probably married at St. Finnbarr's Cathedral in the city of Cork, Ireland. William Pritchard was listed as a mariner on the marriage licence bond dated 1688. Ruth Wells was from Bandon, a town about 19 miles south west of Cork. They had at least five children: Paul, Henry, William, Margaret, and … Continue reading St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral
Recently I was interviewed by Denys Allen on her podcast, "Your Pennsylvania Ancestors." We talked about what I've learned from my 6th great-grandmother Mary Adams Bones about getting through difficult times. Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts.