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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Identity

This post is adapted from a letter I wrote to my mom’s brother about my research into their maternal grandfather’s family. When I started researching the family tree, I knew the name of my great-grandfather Billie Stevens from hearing him … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Broken Branch

My Reid family is one that I have found quite a bit of information about, after 1850. I had no idea anyone in the family was named Reid until I saw the death certificate for my great-grandfather James William Stevens, … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Popular Name

Back in the olden days, everyone had the same first names. It can sure feel like that sometimes. Here’s a brief look at a couple of the common first names (also known as given names or Christian names) in my … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Maps

While researching my ancestors, I often turn to maps, if for no other reason than just to see the lay of the land. I remember early in my genealogical journal, I attended a society presentation on maps, and I jotted … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors: Favorite Photo

I can’t choose a favorite photo, so I’m going to share two of my favorite photos of people I don’t really know who they are. This first one is from my Grandma Stevens’ collection. Well, technically Mary Elizabeth “Mollie” Pittman … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Lines

This week’s topic in the 52 Ancestors challenge is really wide open. I could right about family lines, or learning lines for a play. But I decided to write about bylines. Merriam-Webster defines a byline as “a line at the … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: On the Farm

I mentioned last week that farming is in my blood. Loads of my ancestors owned farms or worked on farms. Recently, I learned that my Great Grand-Uncle Isaac Pittman Jr. died on a farm. He was 15 years old. I … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Tragedy

Every family endures its share of tragedies, from severe illnesses and early deaths to disaster-related losses of property. In many cases, the tragedy is that we don’t even really know what we’ve lost, because our loved ones failed to keep … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: In the City

My 3rd great-grandmother Mary Ann Delaney Pippin was born, according to family records, in Montgomery County, Alabama. Not in the city of Montgomery, which was created from two smaller communities in 1819, six years before Mary Ann’s birth, but in … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Favorite Name

I have come to appreciate unusual names, because it makes it easier to sort out families and link records to the right person. That’s not why I love my great-great-great grandmother’s first name, Arminta. First, I should clarify that my … Continue reading

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