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: We’ll Never Know

The 31st in a series on my family tree Prompt: Help ~*~ There was no official cry for help that day. A dark, smokey plume on the horizon was the only evidence to local farmers that something was terribly amiss. “Drop tools!” This instinctive rallying cry rippled in a seeming psychic wave through farmyards across … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: We’ll Never Know

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

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: A Short One on Shortbread

The 19th in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Food and Drink For some time I’ve been eyeing a handwritten recipe for my Scottish great grandmother, Jane (Robson) Gordon’s shortbread. It’s one I inherited after my granny Alice, her daughter, died in 1994. … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: A Short One on Shortbread

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Father

The 16th in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Negatives ~*~ Too much of life already lost.Too many memoriesTrapped I know notWhere.Locked away.Hard times?Of course, but happyTimes obscuredThere, too. WhyConsider more of this?Why engage in theSabotage of a memoryAlready crying forThe lost and … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Father

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: What’s in a Name?

The 15th in a series of posts about my family tree Inspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: How do you spell that? What’s in a name? This is a loaded question. To begin with how about correct spelling? One of the greatest frustrations when attempting to shed light on the … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: What’s in a Name?

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: What Courtship?

The eighth in a series of posts about my family tree.Inspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Courting What is courting? Conventional thinking, and the dictionary, describe it as “paying special attention to (someone) in an attempt to win their support or favour.” This could be the wooing of someone into … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: What Courtship?