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A map of Czech-Americans

In my continuing series looking at demographics of America, I now turn to Czech-Americans. Using Census data, I’ve mapped where people reporting Czech ancestry live in the United States. 74 more words


The Downside Of DNA

If you have been reading this blog you are aware that I have 3 brick walls.  They are solid walls made of steel with no doors or windows.  984 more words



I know the names
Of my patrilineal line
All the way back to 1650
My father
His father
His father’s father
And so forth

But while I have their DNA… 125 more words

Original Poems

Places - Replacing

Dear Ancestry, When I replace a place with another it seems that I have to replace the one with more Associated People, otherwise it doesn’t replace and I have to do it again. 8 more words

Thanksgiving---a century ago: Teddy Roosevelt, turkey, football, ragamuffin parades, and 'Black Friday'

Thanksgiving is just a week away, and I enjoy thinking about how our ancestors may have gone about their own Thanksgiving Day preparations and celebrations. 1,305 more words


The Times, They Are A-Changin'

Family Bibles, photo albums, love letters, birth records, marriage licenses, muster papers, land deeds… Our families’ histories have left a long, long paper trail. Through the decades, I have diligently followed this trail, picking through crumbling parchment and thumbing through old tomes with relish. 251 more words


My maternal ancestry: A blog series

I figured that I would do blog posts about this. Not too many though…

So as you know, my mother’s ancestry has been revealed (scroll down to see the post). 232 more words