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Her tongue was as sharp as her pencil. Stop by and meet our Malevolent Matriarch!

Full circle

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." ~ Arthur Ashe Family reunion...of sorts Meeting up with a long lost cousin A year or so ago I found my step-cousin Milton on Ancestry. Receiving a response of any kind on that site often does not happen; I was pleasantly surprised when ...

Letter #7: December 27, 1889

The series continues A letter from Josiah INTO IRONWOOD My mother found letters authored 129 years ago by my great, great grandfather, letters, in fact, partly responsible for the start of this blog. The author's daughter is our malevolent matriarch. Alfred Josiah "Si" Smith was his name and his family lived in Ironwood, Michigan. As ...

A journey from 1891-Post 3

Installment number three A true gem. A few weeks ago my mother handed me an autograph book. It originated on my father's maternal side, the Smith family, who lived in Stevens Point, Wisconsin at the time of these writings. The book belonged to the Reverend Charles Smith and his wife Maria Polly Bixby Smith (below). ...

A journey from 1891-Post 2

Installment number two Searching and surprises I'm a very lucky woman genealogically speaking, that is. My mother recently handed me this autograph book, a book once belonging to my three times great grandparents the Reverend Charles Smith and his wife Maria Polly Bixby Smith. To see the first post about the book, who signed first, ...

A journey from 1891

Discovering a treasure What are the chances? When one considers more than time, when we think about the journey--this book began in Stevens Pt., Wisconsin and now resides in Oregon--not simply the hands it passed through, the eyes that read its pages, or the thoughts that went into its making, but the risk of damage ...

Family history: Storytelling using grandma’s cookbook

Creating an ancestor profile using a book Tell a story with grandma's cookbook I began collecting cookbooks years ago, a habit for which my husband prefers I receive therapy. Or was that for hoarding fabric? Never mind! The point is, while I can say I have too many cookbooks, a few in my collection are ...

Storytelling: Let me count the ways

Think outside the box Start with communication When my children went to college, I soon discovered I would be contacted in one of three ways: my oldest called, my middle emailed, and the youngest sent texts. To this day, these are their preferred methods to communicate with me. Think about this: Maybe the oldest is ...

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