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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Help

This prompt, from Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge, reminds me of a story that my parents’ minister told at my dad’s funeral. He recalled the time that he and my dad were outside of the church … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Teams

The first image this prompt conjured up was a photo of my dad that I think I probably first saw just a few months ago. At least, I never remember seeing it growing up. When my mom and dad first … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Fun Facts

Fun fact about me: I was incredibly shy as a child. I didn’t want to talk to anyone I didn’t know, and I certainly didn’t want to stand up in front of a crowd and say anything. In about 8th … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Timeline

My mother’s paternal grandmother is Dollie Cook, born Dorcas Elizabeth Allison, in Marion County, Georgia, on October 8th, 1890. As far as I know, no one has ever found a birth record for Dollie, but that is the date she … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Characters

We all have a character or two in our family trees. The trouble is, we don’t always get to know the personalities and experiences of our ancestors or other relatives. We find names and locations in Census records and perhaps … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Extended Family

When I was growing up, my extended family consisted of my four grandparents, my first cousins, and a few great-aunts and -uncles and their children. Even then, I had trouble keeping up with them all. Now, I’ve made contact with … Continue reading

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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: Mistake

A lot of my ancestors made mistakes. Or rather, they made the same mistake. They didn’t leave behind clear and accurate information about who they are. Would it have been so difficult to make sure the census taker wrote down … Continue reading

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