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: 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: A Common Thread

The 28th in a series on my family tree Prompt: Character “When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.” ― Edna O’Brien, 20th Century Irish novelist ~*~ While scaling the branches of our family tree I’ve met a host of interesting characters. … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: A Common Thread

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Somewhere Out There

The 24th in a series on my family tree Prompt: Broken Branch In 1986 I inherited a 100-year-old black leather railroad bag from my maternal grandfather, Stanley Lewis McDonall. It was filled with old family documents, including letters and photographs and handwritten historical accounts, and as I reviewed them it was like discovering a part … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Somewhere Out There

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Naming Names

The 23rd in a series of posts about my family tree Prompt: Popular Names Giving someone a name is pretty serious business. There are traditions we live up to; bump up against, or simply choose to ignore. Some traditions demand first-born sons be named for the father; similarly first-born daughters for the mother. In larger … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Naming Names

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Not to Be … There is no Question

The 22nd in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Mistake Shedding light on the family tree can be a bit of a vanity project. Who among us has not thrilled at the discovery of famous (or infamous, as the case may be) ancestors … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Not to Be … There is no Question

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Love at Home

The 22nd in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Conflict Conflict begins with the crossing of a boundary. An uninvited someone or something enters our mental, emotional, physical or spiritual space and provokes a defensive response. Basically, our solitude is invaded; our focus … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Love at Home

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Heart of Community

The 21st in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Yearbook Yearbooks ~ a compendium of memories. Many sweet; some less savoury. Lives lived. Hairstyles regretted. Old friends remembered. A trove of family pride and potential embarrassment for the entertainment of generations to follow. … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Heart of Community