Shedding Light on the Family Tree: One Branch at a Time

The 52nd in a 52 Week Series Prompt: Looking Ahead ~*~ While contemplating what’s next on the genealogical journey I was reminded of how I started clambering up this ancestral tree in the first place. A chance conversation with a neighbour in September 2021. That was it. I mentioned that I’d just finished re-reading an … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: One Branch at a Time

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Keep On Keeping On

The 51st in a Series Prompt: Perseverance ~*~ Perseverance: to continue, carry on, go on, keep on, keep going, not give up, struggle on, hammer away, be persistent, be determined, see/follow something through, keep at it, show determination, press on/ahead, stay with something, not take no for an answer, be tenacious, be pertinacious, be patient, … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Keep On Keeping On

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Out with the Old; in with the New

The 49th in a series Prompt: New Horizons ~*~ Every time we chase a dream or pursue new personal frontiers we make a choice to embrace a new way of being that challenges what we already know of ourselves. Many of our ancestors dreamed of something better for themselves, their children, and future generations, and … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Out with the Old; in with the New

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Gateway to a New Life

The 48th in a series on my Family Tree Prompt: Overlooked ~*~ For this piece my attention was drawn to an historic place which, it appears, is mostly overlooked. Frankly, it only came to my awareness this week as I stumbled upon a ship’s passenger list that included my third great grandfather, George Sparling (1822-1884), … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Gateway to a New Life

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Ghost and Mrs. Cox

The 44th in a series on my family tree Prompt: Ghost Story ~*~ Some family stories are just too strange to be believed. This particular tale first came to light earlier this year during an email exchange with my cousin Kelly who is working on the McDonall family tree with me. In the sharing of … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Ghost and Mrs. Cox