Unsolved mysteries

One of our most frustrating genealogical mysteries is the identity of this woman. If possible, click on the photos to see a larger view. I first thought these are photos of the same person, and I'll get to that soon. My confusion stems from the fact that these very similar-looking women are identified differently or ...

Solved! Or is it?

When you "solve" a mystery You've downed gallons of coffee, torn out your hair, checked and rechecked sources, searched for family members, made contact, but... Face it: You're addicted and you HAVE TO KNOW. You cannot let it go. You think about it all the time. You decide to check just one more lead...and the ...

Trinkets & treasures

WHAT ABOUT THOSE HARD-TO-CATEGORIZE COLLECTIBLES? Inevitably, there are items that end up collecting dust. Some are hard to use in the present; a smaller, easier, or more versatile item has taken its place. Others will always collect dust. Still, there are ways to help your children learn how their ancestors lived. Can anyone guess the ...

Cousin corner

HI! I'M GLAD YOU'RE HERE. I created this space just for YOU. I've been thinking about creating a gathering place to connect, share, and learn our history together. I've met several of you online, and, while email is fine, it creates a multiple sharing issue. I'm hoping to switch from regular email sharing (with potentially ...

Photos for profiling

My grandmother Lalla was quite photogenic. She was a fashionista in her day, and I never tire of looking at her through the stages of her life. My children will never know her, and while that makes me sad, there are ways to remedy this dilemma. Looking at our collection of photos, it baffles me ...

Hard-to-find information

A cousin recently sent me an obit for the sister of my great, great grandfather. The sister's name was Ida Smith Seeber; her brother, my direct ancestor, was Alfred Josiah "Si" Smith. This is exactly the type of documentation I am looking for, the type I want to share here. Here's why. Si was the ...

Heirlooms: Using to profile ancestors

One of our favorite antiques sits in the corner of our dining room. It can't be used for its original purpose, and we want to prevent its ruin. I often showcase my small quilts and fan them over the top. This one is destined for the corner, but not all heirlooms need to collect dust. ...

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