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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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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Conflict

I know who my great-great grandmother is, and yet, I don’t. I’m talking about my mother’s father’s mother’s mother, Delila Bruce Allison. Or maybe it’s Delila Dickerson Allison. My cousin Pat Lowe has done a lot of research on this … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Textile

This prompt reminded me of what got me hooked on genealogy seven years ago. I saw #TartanDay trending on Twitter and I had an hour to kill, so I thought I’d trace my Scottish ancestry. Yeah, I’m still looking for … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Social

Today, many of us use social media to share details about our lives – celebrations, announcements, tragedies, or even just a good joke. A hundred years ago, newspapers provided social media. I must admit, I never thought I’d find my … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Flowers

The century plant, aka Agave Americana, blooms only rarely. My Mam-ma had one at her home in Midway, which is just east of Gulf Breeze, Florida. The plant grew by the front door of the cabin – the original cinder … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Landed

I don’t know how old I was on the most memorable fishing trip of my life. I imagine I was maybe in 3rd grade. My Pap-pa, Hoyt Cook, had a fishing boat, probably about the length of a car and … 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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