Category Archives: Family HIstory

Celebrating Poetry

Originally posted on Amistad Research Center:
First page of “Margaret Garner and Her Child” by John L. Buckner. April is National Poetry Month in the United States. This recognition of the poetic arts was inaugurated by the Academy of American…

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from switzerland to the pennsylvania colony: john gebhard / gerhardt hibshman

Immediately below is a repost of a February 13, 2015, post from Janice Harshbarger’s “Happy Genealogy Dance” blog:  “Harshbarger line:  Johann Gebhart (John Gerhardt) Hibshman 1708-1771 Immigrant.”1  Johann falls among my own 6th great-grandfathers. Following Janice’s blog post, a brief biographical … Continue reading

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favorite name: bridget, saint of sweden

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks, 2018; week 6 prompt:  Favorite Name. ___ Favorite name, favorite name…  This one stumps me.  I don’t have a favorite name.  (I found choosing one for my own child tortuous; there are so many.)  Currently, my ears particularly … Continue reading

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in the census:  searching for kitchens

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks, 2018; week 5 prompt:  In the Census. ___ In the Census:  the first thing that pops into my head with that prompt is, In the Census there is TONS of data.  (Censuses are veritable gold mines for genealogists.)  But if you … Continue reading

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invite to dinner: dear 3rd-greatgrandmama eleanor (lemon) noble or is it lemmon or lemmons, the pleasure of your company is requested…

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks, 2018; week 4 prompt:  Invite to dinner. ___ Both hands up to the sides of my head, I’m frozen in indecision — just one?!  Invite just one guest to dinner?!  (Oh that it was possible to bring ancestors … Continue reading

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longevity — elsa (fern) walden

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks, 2018; week 3 prompt:  Longevity. ___ Can longevity mean more than simply the years an individual lives?  I think so.  I see lives remembered long after individuals are gone, as, a sort of longevity, too. I think longevity when … Continue reading

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favorite photo

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks, 2018; week 2 prompt:  Favorite photo. ___ Old photos are my “favorite photo.” I could no more single one out as my favorite anymore than I could single out one chocolate chip from a bag as … Continue reading

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starting your family history research

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks, 2018; week 1 prompt:  Start. ___ When I first delved into researching my family history, I quite literally didn’t know where to start.  This was back in the 1990s when the internet was young and, before Ancestry.com became synonomous … Continue reading

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bridenapped — helena sverkersdatter

Doing some Norsk-side genealogy research, I learned how one of my 21st great-grandmothers, Helena of Sweden SVERKERSDATTER, was a victim of bride-kidnapping.  While this horrified 😮 me, it is a practice that goes on yet today in numerous countries. Although “in most … Continue reading

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happy new year 2018

Dear TheMixThatMakesUpMe readers:  I’m baaackkk! 🙂 And,… Truly — an unbroken chain of happiness & blessings. It’s been a lonnnnnng year, that’s all I’m going to say, and I, for one, am happy to see it go / look forward to … Continue reading

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