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: The Shadow of War

The 44th in a series on my family tree Prompt: Shadow ~*~ Every family has its shadow characters. People whose misery casts a pall wherever it lands and upon whomever it entangles. In previous posts reference has already been made to family members who created emotional havoc for their immediate circle and, indeed, for ensuing … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Shadow of War

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: 200 Years … and counting

The 41st in a series on my family tree Prompt: Passed Down ~*~ Things. We accumulate them, and then what? Speaking as one with no children it’s a question I ponder frequently. And as I get older the need to acquire anything for the sake of it becomes less important. I wonder about my ancestors … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: 200 Years … and counting

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