Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Gone Home

The 46th in a series on my family tree Prompt: Tombstone It’s been a long time since I was able to do any graveyard exploration, so for this challenge I leaned on FamilySearch to help me identify ancestors whose tombstones are readily accessed, and findagrave.com for extra help or information, as available. The tombstone that … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Gone Home

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

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Saving it for Later

The 40th in a series on my family tree Prompt: Preservation ~*~ Somehow over 35 years of holding the family archive and several moves I haven’t managed to lose anything. Then when a cousin on my maternal grandfather’s side started taking an interest in researching our shared ancestral roots I gave her some relevant records … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Saving it for Later

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Uncovering a Blindspot

The 38th in a series about my family tree Prompt: New to You ~*~ Time to admit to my ignorance. In recent posts I have written some about my United Empire Loyalist (UEL) ancestors, feeling proud at being a descendent of these resilient defenders of the Crown who gave everything, if not their lives, for … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Uncovering a Blindspot

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Searching for Stuff

The 36th in a series about my family tree Prompt: Exploration ~*~ The beauty of exploring is finding all kinds of stuff. Stuff that’s fun to know; stuff that’s mildly (or insanely) interesting; and, stuff that’s simply eye rolling. Climbing the family tree is its own form of exploration and yields all kinds stuff. Exploration … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Searching for Stuff

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Who’s son is he anyway?

The 34th in a series on my family tree Prompt: Timeline ~*~ “There are more questions than answersAnd the more I find out the less I know.”Johnny Nash ~*~ What a fun idea, I thought, to explore an ancestor’s life through their timeline. And so I went for a look-see up through the family tree … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Who’s son is he anyway?

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Library in a Railroad Bag

The 32nd in a series on my family tree Prompt: At the Library In my family the books we love have a permanent home with us, so you might say we are not the best candidates for a library card. We keep meaningful books and documents for decades because you never know when you might … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Library in a Railroad Bag

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Creativity Runs Rampant

The 29th in a Series Prompt: Fun Facts Creativity runs rampant in my family. It’s just the way we are. Musicians, writers, artists, and craftsmen line the branches of our tree to one degree or another. My fun factoids are focused on a few examples of this. Music is central. Whether playing in brass and … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Creativity Runs Rampant