Category Archives: Genealogy

#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Oldest

One of the oldest records that I’ve found for an ancestor is a pension file for my fourth great-grandfather George Cook. Finding the record didn’t take a whole lot of effort. I talked my mom into giving me a subscription … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Should Be A Movie

Some posts for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge come easy. I see the prompt and I know instantly the story I want to tell. Other times, like Week 39: Should Be a Movie, I find myself … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: On the Map

I have some catching up to do. “On the Map” is the Week 38 prompt for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, and she posted it September 15th – the day Hurricane Sally was bearing down on … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Back to School

As I delve into these 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompts, I have been mostly focusing on stories about my ancestors. Very rarely, I write about my own life. In part, it’s because I really don’t have strong memories. Sure, … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Labor

In honor of Labor Day, Amy Johnson Crow has set this week’s 52 Ancestors prompt as “labor.” I can tell you, most of my ancestors were farmers, but I have found some interesting professions. My maternal grandparents, Hoyt and Willie … Continue reading

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Growing Your #Genealogy Group

Genealogical societies, like many other organizations, seem to have trouble drawing in active members who’ll help keep it going. The groups I’m familiar with formed in the 1980s or ’90s. The people who started the clubs and served on the … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Unforgettable (#Genealogy)

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge is one word or a short phrase that’s intended to prompt participants into recounting and recording a memory or discovery about an ancestor or relative. Most of the time, something comes instantly to … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Chosen (#Genealogy)

This has been a tough prompt to crack. I don’t know of many adoptions in my family tree, at least not off the bat. I’ve already written about my great-granduncle George Herman Hahn and his wife Elsie Mae, who formed … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Troublemaker (#Genealogy)

The Cook family had a couple of troublemakers – or at least they associated with troublemakers – and they were killed in shootouts 19 years apart. This pair was father and son. John Cook – my great-great grandfather – was … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Small (#Genealogy)

Most of my second-great-grandparents had big families, with between five and eleven children.  Grandma Muterspaugh, as I always heard her called growing up, was the exception. She had a small family, with only two children, as far as I know. … Continue reading

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