Ancestors, Life, and Other Stuff


As I sit here today, eight years last week since my first blog post, I am reflecting back across 366 stories that I wrote about "stuff".  And, this past weekend at church the message to parishioners was about "stuff."It strikes me that I had initially so very little information about my ancestors beyond my maternal … Continue reading Ancestors, Life, and Other Stuff

Ancestry.com’s Newest Mobile App Identifies Iconic Ancestors and Relatives


An End to Years of Tedious Research? Over the course of my 35+ often tedious years of researching and documenting family histories, obviously, I have discovered many ancestors and even living relatives who I wasn't aware were connected to our family.  Nevertheless, during their lives for whatever reason(s), they left indelible marks on our world's history … Continue reading Ancestry.com’s Newest Mobile App Identifies Iconic Ancestors and Relatives

Back From the Future – Part 3 (With John Rolfe and Pocahontas)


I wish to thank my dear friend, retired College Lecturer, and fellow Pocahontas research enthusiast, Christine Dean, for her ongoing updates about happenings in and around her hometown of  Heacham, Norfolk, England.  From her undaunting energy and perseverance, while delving into local legends about Pocahontas and John Rolfe, I am able to bring you new posts … Continue reading Back From the Future – Part 3 (With John Rolfe and Pocahontas)

Adding “Genetic Communities” to My DNA Results


Evaluating My DNA Testing Results It has probably been three or more years since I first received my DNA test results that I ordered through Ancestry.com.  Initially, I was very disappointed with the look and feel of Ancestry's DNA feature--it merely showed (based upon my DNA sample test), that I descended from Europeans who had migrated … Continue reading Adding “Genetic Communities” to My DNA Results

On This Day: April 5, 1614 – Pocahontas Marries John Rolfe


Article Details:  POCAHONTAS MARRIES JOHN ROLFE Author:  History.com Staff Website Name:  History.com Year Published:  2009 Title:  Pocahontas marries John Rolfe URL:  http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/pocahontas-marries-john-rolfe On the 403rd Anniversary - The Story of the Marriage of My Paternal 11th Great Grandparents Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Indian confederacy, marries English tobacco planter John Rolfe in … Continue reading On This Day: April 5, 1614 – Pocahontas Marries John Rolfe

John Rolfe – Just One of My Family’s Immigrants . . .


The Early Modern Period Over the next twenty-eight days, we will be revisiting my 11th paternal great grandfather’s story once again.  It is a story that dates back to 1585--the 585th year of the 2nd millennium, the 85th year of the 16th century, and the 6th year of the 1580s decade.  Although much has been … Continue reading John Rolfe – Just One of My Family’s Immigrants . . .

John Rolfe Letter to Governor Thomas Dale, 1614


Continuing to further document and understand the lives of our earliest ancestors - emigrants from England to Jamestown, Virginia, I have included below, the 1614 letter  (transcribed and updated to today’s word usage and spellings by me--I made no changes to word choices or punctuation and kept present-day English spellings).  My  11th great-grandfather, John Rolfe, … Continue reading John Rolfe Letter to Governor Thomas Dale, 1614

Thanks Charlie–One Man’s Genealogical Random Act of Kindness


This video shows the great work ethic and commitment this man has for honoring those who paved the way for the rest of us in this world.  As a genealogical enthusiast, I can relate to this man's passion for identifying and uncovering the lost people and histories of our families. In fact, I volunteer for … Continue reading Thanks Charlie–One Man’s Genealogical Random Act of Kindness

Our Ancestors’ Died From What?


Death Certificates Validate Our Lives The primary purpose of a death certificate is to explain how or why people died. The only thing we know for sure is that people died because they were born; because they were mortal. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that roughly fifty million people in the world this year will … Continue reading Our Ancestors’ Died From What?

My Genealogy Story


My Desires to Know and to Learn One day my dad and I were talking about his young life, the absence of his mother early on and her mysterious death at age 32 that had left him and his family with unanswered questions. We also visited my paternal great grandmother about once a month for … Continue reading My Genealogy Story

Addicted to Genealogy


For the Love of a Dear Sister After many years as an Ancestry.com (the world's largest online history resource) subscriber and enthusiastic supporter, I went looking for a similar but free resource for a friend of 40 years (who's like or better than a biological sister to me) who has never been consumed like me by … Continue reading Addicted to Genealogy

Ancestry to Retire Family Tree Maker


I responded to Ancestry the very instant I finished reading their announcement to retire Family Tree Maker.  If, after reading this story, you feel compelled to do the same I encourage you to do so at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/12/08/ancestry-to-retire-family-tree-maker-software/. Our Families and their Untold Stories Posted by Susie Higginbotham on December 10, 2015  The genealogy community is all … Continue reading Ancestry to Retire Family Tree Maker

Our Deaf Heritage, Part 2


Our Deaf Heritage Last January, I posted Our Deaf Heritage, that confirmed deafness in the Boling/Bolling/Bowling and Randolph families' ancestors from the 1700's in England and Virginia, and how they were responsible for founding the first schools for the hearing impaired in America, and later, the infamous Gallaudet University in the District of Columbia.  Gallaudet was established in 1864 … Continue reading Our Deaf Heritage, Part 2

27 Million Newspaper Pages Digitized in a Living Room!


Original Article About Tom Tryniski was written by Jim Epstein at Reason.com If you have ever searched through newspaper archives you know just how tedious, time-consuming, sometimes costly, and most importantly, how iffy a find can be.  But back in March 2013, Jim Epstein at Reason.com, profiled Tom Tryniski, an eccentric retiree who digitized about 27 million … Continue reading 27 Million Newspaper Pages Digitized in a Living Room!

‘Great Surprise’—Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins


November is National Native American Heritage Month.  In honor of this occasion, below I share with you National Geographic's article from November 2013: "Great Surprise"—Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins Oldest human genome reveals less of an East Asian ancestry than thought. Native Americans may have a more complicated heritage than previously believed. PHOTOGRAPH BY ROLAND W. … Continue reading ‘Great Surprise’—Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins

More Than a Few Names or Mere Numbers


As an addendum to this week's post What's In a Name?, I revised my Surname Report in Family Tree Maker™. This report shows that our family's tree (including my spouse's family) has 10,772 persons in it.  Of those persons (living and dead), 52 percent of them are male; making my database's percentage of males three percentage points higher than the … Continue reading More Than a Few Names or Mere Numbers

Really–Just How Important is Your Given Name?


In Act II, Scene II  of Shakespeare's 1597 play, Romeo and Juliet,  Juliet says in reference to Romeo's surname, Montague, that they should ignore his surname which is meaningless to them so they could be together. Map: Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls, State-by-State I love infographics (graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge intended … Continue reading Really–Just How Important is Your Given Name?

Genetically Speaking, Could We Be Cousins?


Hard to believe, but we just might be near or distant cousins or cousins once or more removed.  When I started my genealogy research about 35 years ago we may never have been able to answer my question about being cousins with any certainty in a single lifetime. However, 11 years after my initial genealogical research, the … Continue reading Genetically Speaking, Could We Be Cousins?

Native Americans, White People, and Scottish-Irish Emigrate to North Carolina


Native Americans A recent blog post focused on my maternal great-grandmother Mary Susan MORRIS's family--our Native American heritage through the Morris branch--and the freshly fallen bricks of a wall I had been up against for years. White People Not abandoning this wall, but continuing on, I returned to my maternal great-grandfather--Grandmother Susan's husband, John Carpenter Ford's (1864-1961) family. Similarly, I found … Continue reading Native Americans, White People, and Scottish-Irish Emigrate to North Carolina

What does ‘third cousin, once removed’ mean anyway?


I received the following video through Facebook from Kim Komando – "America's Digital Goddess." Kim is one of America's most successful radio hosts and Web entrepreneurs. She has a Saturday morning show about technology that is carried on over 450 stations with an estimated reach of 6.5 million listeners. To my surprise, trending now on … Continue reading What does ‘third cousin, once removed’ mean anyway?