Christmas Traditions in Our Nation’s Capital


One of my former colleagues posted this article from a pamphlet he picked up at the Mary Surratt House Museum titled, “Christmas of Yesterday: A History of Our Treasured Traditions and Holiday Customs.” (If you recall, Mary Surratt was an alleged member of the Abraham Lincoln assassination conspiracy and holds the dubious distinction of being the first … Continue reading Christmas Traditions in Our Nation’s Capital

Missionary on Horseback–Key Builder of a Nation


In the past, many of my blog posts have focused on my ancient British relatives and their descendents from the Boling/Bolling/Bowling, Chambers, and Taylor branches on my paternal side, to the Lathrop/Lowthropp and Ford families on my maternal side. Geographically,  all of these families resided primarily on the east coast in the earliest colonies--from North Carolina … Continue reading Missionary on Horseback–Key Builder of a Nation

A Woman Before Her Time: Loretta Alice (Lathrop) Ford


My Role Model -- In memory of my maternal grandmother, Loretta Alice (Lathrop) Ford (1895-1968). She would have been 121 years old today--a woman before her time--god loving, pioneer-spirited, and up to any challenge despite her age, gender, social status or physicality--MY ROLE MODEL. I loved her dearly and daily life events keep her ever-present … Continue reading A Woman Before Her Time: Loretta Alice (Lathrop) Ford

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

Dogs Are Family, Too–Lord Jacob of Calvert (Jake)


To once again borrow a few words from my good friends at Google, “the loyalty, affection, and exploits”of my dogs throughout my years on this earth have inspired a rich body of true, sometimes hilarious and sometimes sad stories that have only added to my life events.   And today, unfortunately, it is with heavy hearts … Continue reading Dogs Are Family, Too–Lord Jacob of Calvert (Jake)

100 Years of Men’s Hairstyles


One of my daily social media reads is the Mental_floss Magazine.  Mental_floss describes their magazine as:  "an intelligent read, but not too intelligent. We're the sort of intelligent that you hang out with for a while, enjoy our company, laugh a little, smile a lot and then we part ways. Great times. And you only … Continue reading 100 Years of Men’s Hairstyles

The Lee’s–a Historically Significant Virginia and Maryland Political Family


Colonial America and Prominent Lee Family Members Many prominent members of the Lee Family are known for their accomplishments in politics and the military.  This family first became prominent in Colonial America when Richard Henry Lee I arrived in Virginia in 1639 and went on to become possibly the richest man in Virginia by the time … Continue reading The Lee’s–a Historically Significant Virginia and Maryland Political Family

Civil War Dogs Are Part of Our History and Heritage, too!


As my regular blog readers know from several of my posts, I am an animal lover--I especially love dogs--all breeds and mixes.  And I love them for a variety of reasons: foremost, they love me unconditionally, they are life-long companions, they listen to me whenever, wherever, and without interrupting when I am feeling blue or just need to … Continue reading Civil War Dogs Are Part of Our History and Heritage, too!

20 Reasons Why You Should Write Your Family History


The following article was published February 9,2015, by the New York Public Library. I have re posted it here because it best describes my blogging's purpose, reasons, and experiences. The information I've gathered, the places I've been and the very kind people that I have come into contact with through my research and writing adventures … Continue reading 20 Reasons Why You Should Write Your Family History

Honoring our Family’s King–from Car Park to Cathedral


Over Two Years Earlier... This writing follows up on my post in February 2013 about my Royal and sometimes controversial Plantagenet family and whether I would choose to claim them.  That article was sparked by the forensic archaeological discovery of King Richard III‘s remains under a parking lot in the English city of Leicester.  Now, 25 months later, all the forensic studies have … Continue reading Honoring our Family’s King–from Car Park to Cathedral

A Renaissance Christmas Dinner – Published 1660


It has become a tradition in our family for the past 10 years or so (passed down from my maternal grandmother, Loretta, my mom, Norma, as they got older) that my daughter-in-law and I shop and prepare food for about 30 loved ones on our special holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Despite her full-time career, … Continue reading A Renaissance Christmas Dinner – Published 1660

Thanksgiving Invites–Anyone Dead or Alive


Who's On Your Guest List? How many times in life have you been asked; "If you could invite anyone dead or alive to dinner, who would be your quests?"  And sometimes this question has a follow-up or two: "Why?" And, "What would you say to them?" My Honored Guest List: I would first invite Jesus Christ … Continue reading Thanksgiving Invites–Anyone Dead or Alive

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

We Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up…Or, Did We?


FaceBook Post on Origins of Terms and Phrases This morning my daughter shared a September 3, 2014, Facebook post created by Dan Steele (Dan Balam) of Norfolk, Virginia.  His post was an easy and fun read that got me to questioning whether the origins of the terms and phrases actually had been proven true or … Continue reading We Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up…Or, Did We?

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

You Little Dickens!


My mom has told me a story about my relationship with my Cherokee maternal great-grandmother, Mary Susan Morris Ford, ever since I was old enough to talk. Unfortunately, I was only 14 months old when Grandma Susan passed at 73 years old. The story goes like this.  My great-grandmother went to sleep one night and when she … Continue reading You Little Dickens!

157 Years Later: CSA Sgt. Gideon W. Morris–Our “Battle of Antietam” Survivor


Freshly Fallen Bricks of My Morris Family Wall After searching to uncover more information about my maternal great grandmother's (Mary Susan MORRIS Ford) family, I once again stumbled and fell upon freshly fallen bricks of a wall I had pushed against for many years.  Until now, I primarily had focused on the origins of my Native American heritage through the Morris branch.  And then, … Continue reading 157 Years Later: CSA Sgt. Gideon W. Morris–Our “Battle of Antietam” Survivor

The Family “Do You Know” Scale


Yesterday's post Family Stories that Bind Us  included a few family questions from Emory University's Do You Know Scale.  Below are all the questions asked within Emory's study. I'm going to try them out on my family and see just how much we have communicated our stories among the generations--and their different spins on the information.  I … Continue reading The Family “Do You Know” Scale

Family Stories that Bind Us


Often when I have writer's block, I take time out to read what others are writing about or I simply google a theme that I have in mind. And, today, I discovered  the "This Life" column that appears monthly in the Sunday Styles Section of the New York Times.   The article "Family Stories that Bind Us," … Continue reading Family Stories that Bind Us