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It’s a week today until I fly out to Dublin.

I’m a highly organised person, rather fond of trips based up on extensive research and feeling armed with knowledge as I mark my trail from place to place. 256 more words

Tracing My Ancestors

Over several conversations with my father, interest has grown in me to finish linking my ancestors’ family tree.

Information we have today seems to lead toward the theory that they came to the island of Hispaniola from France, as part of the French army to combat the slave revelion in Haiti. 100 more words

Wiesbaden…a German town on the Rhine, friends and ancestors. September 2014

The town

A soft landing into Germany, collected by my friend Gunther and driven to my hotel in the middle of this charming Rhineland town about 35ks from Frankfurt. 995 more words


Please, Don’t Write My Obituary!

This really seems like an odd request doesn’t it? If one is not written how else will people know when I leave this world? In most newspapers and even online they list the names of those who recently passed away and maybe a line or two telling a persons age and which funeral home will be handling the service. 477 more words


Scary people, movies and a real mystery - instead of packing

PBS has an ancestry show called Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. I never saw it before, but the other night Stephen King was one of their subjects so of course I had to tune in. 846 more words



All is quiet. I wonder if it is the lull before a storm. This month, life and its many quirks  have overtaken all the things I planned. 340 more words

Novel Writing

Anne Bringham, 10th Great-grandmother

My 10th great-grandmother came to America on the ship Suzan and Ellen in 1635. She was born in Spaulding Moor, Yorkshire, England. Her profession on the ship’s log is listed as vixor (a word for which I find no definition) , her husband’s as a husbandman, and my 9th great-grandfather, Thomas Crosby, was 8 weeks old. 1,099 more words