Category Archives: My Life

#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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#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: 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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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: The Old Country

My genealogy quest has not taken me outside the U.S., except for one line. My dad’s great-grandfather, William F. Hahn was born in Germany. I’ve known this since I was a child (although I would get confused about whether it … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Newsworthy

The first time I heard about what happened, I was in the living room with my mom and a movie was on in which someone accidentally shot someone and killed them. I made a comment about how stupid that was, … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Multiple

The trouble with family history research today, more than ever, is that for any given person in one’s family tree, one can find multiple ancestors. Not multiple in the sense of two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents. Multiple in the … Continue reading

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Compromise

I think a lot of people today don’t really understand what compromise means. Merriam-Webster has two definitions for the noun…. 1a : settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions 1b : something intermediate between or … Continue reading

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