I’m Hot On The Trail And Using #DNA To Solve A Mystery (Part 1)

(permission was given  by John M to use photo)  I have a mystery in my genealogy.  I call it the Beaton/Batten mystery. The whole mystery is based on family stories, … Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday Mom 🎂🎂 & A DNA Angel Announcement

Today would have been my mom’s 81st birthday. My mom; Eleanor Louise Thompson (nee Middlebrough)  didn’t actually do genealogy but when I discovered my love of family history she was … Continue Reading →

Why Is Collaboration So Important?

I’m a firm believer in collaboration and I’ve blogged about this on several occasions. Making an effort to connect with cousins is a way that you can extend your tree … Continue Reading →

The Waiting Room – Are you listening to your ancestors?

I have always felt that my ancestors are waiting to have their stories told. It feels like they are waiting in a large white room, devoid of pictures, windows or … Continue Reading →

What’s In A Name?

In the play; Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Juliet says  “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Meaning that she … Continue Reading →

Murphy’s Law Was Working OT

Why does it never fail that when you have the idea for a question to ask of the Archivist in the last few minutes of research time,  that that’s when … Continue Reading →

The Photo

The first time I saw this photograph was in 2008 in a book I’d heard about, Lilacs and Limestone. The book was written by William J. Patterson who is a … Continue Reading →

It About Collaboration

I think that genealogy really is about collaboration. When you start your genealogy you start with yourself. Then the next step is to ask the older generation what they know … Continue Reading →

Have You Checked Out SHOTBOX?

  When I was at Roots Tech earlier this year I purchased a SHOTBOX and it’s turned out to be a very useful product, even more useful than I originally anticipated. … Continue Reading →