I have been entrenched in Irish family history. My husband and I are visiting the Emerald Island this Spring and are carefully climbing every Irish branch of our family tree. My branches are concentrated in the north and in the south. The farmers, a rebel, and women of great courage came from two northern counties, Antrim and … Continue reading Luck of the Irish
Eleanora Wissig was one of my 3rd great-grandmothers. She was born 22 July 1835 in the Duchy of Nassau (in modern-day Germany). She immigrated to the United States before 1856 and lived in St. Louis, Missouri, where there was a large German population. She married my 3rd great-grandfather, (John) Adam Roth, 22 November 1856. He … Continue reading Zehn Kinder
From Antrim to Augusta
Sources are essential to genealogical research. Typical sources include census records, birth and death records, marriage records, an so on. These sources provide various bits of information for the facts of an ancestor's life. Sometimes in a search, or through serendipity, a unique or unusual source will come to light. These might include journals and … Continue reading From Antrim to Augusta
A Young Widow with One Child
In genealogy and family history work, one does not often think of things in terms of young. Often we find ourselves looking at old records and documents, old cemeteries and churches, old photographs and journals. But this week's topic for 52 ancestors is Youngest. Initially, I thought about my 5 year-old son who loves to dictate … Continue reading A Young Widow with One Child
Without a Paddle or an Oar, Billy-boy?
The prompt for Week 30 of 52 Ancestors is Colorful. William Longstreet led quite a colorful life. He was an inventor, often mocked for his dreams, filing early patents for a steam engine and a cotton gin. He was always just a moment behind inventors that earned the credit in the end. He appears to … Continue reading Without a Paddle or an Oar, Billy-boy?
Who Art Thou, John Lake?
The prompt for week 25 of 52 ancestors is Same Name. A couple years ago, I was eager to dive deeper into genealogy work. I didn't really know where to start since lots of work has been done, so I asked my dad if he had any thoughts about where to begin. My dad was … Continue reading Who Art Thou, John Lake?
Death and Taxes
One of my first jobs was in the research department at a company that published tax magazines. I learned a lot about state tax systems, a little about federal tax law, and lots of other bits of information. I loved it and I loved the hunt of a research question. It was that job, along … Continue reading Death and Taxes