Isabella and William Campbell made the trip across the Atlantic ocean just weeks after they were married in August of 1838. According to Isabella's letters home, they sailed from Belfast to Liverpool and then on to Canada and down to Georgia, probably making stops along the way. By November they were in Augusta, Georgia, staying … Continue reading Unchilled by the Cold
My 4th great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Eve) Carmichael, kept a diary from 1837 to 1850 that was passed down and is now kept at the library at University of North Carolina. As a teenager, on one of our semiannual drives from Washington, DC to Clemson, South Carolina, to visit my grandmother, we stopped at UNC so … Continue reading Peculiar Gratitude
I've been exploring the archives of the Augusta Chronicle lately looking for things related to my ancestors and their families in that place. In this election season, I'm inspired by the activity of my 6th great-uncle, John Bones, who participated in local organizations, committees, and ran for city counsel throughout much of his life. He … Continue reading Many Voters
Maps are a big part of my genealogy research. It's a great way to orient yourself to a location and there are lots of different types of maps. There are maps just for census and property records. For example, for 19th century Irish ancestors, this Griffiths Valuation site allows you to fade out the historical … Continue reading Creating a Map
As I research the descendants of my ancestors, I sometimes come across uncles who never married. The reasons they didn't marry are sometimes clear and sometimes not, but one thing I have noticed, especially for those who lived in the 19th century, there is very little to be found about them. As I thought about … Continue reading Where Have All the Bachelors Gone?
Mary and Martha Eve are two of my 4th great-grandmothers. They were sisters, daughters of Oswell Eve and Aphra Anne Pritchard, and Mary's son, Anderson, married Martha's daughter, Elizabeth. I'm writing about them this week because they both had vital events that happened in November. The prompt for 52 Ancestors this week is Next To Last … Continue reading November is Next To Last
The prompt for week 28 of 52 ancestors is Travel. I often think about how difficult travel must have been for some of my earliest known ancestors as they crossed continents, oceans and mountains. Each one was travelling for a different reason and each one traveled these long, difficult journeys because it was the only … Continue reading With the Speed of Electricity