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Joseph and Sarah Aylott of Walkern & Albury Hertfordshire

When I began researching my family history 21 years ago, I set myself a challenge to research all of my branches beyond the year 1800. I have always disregarded my paternal line from this challenge as paternally my lineage is Polish / Ukrainian and so I have never undertaken much research into this or expected much either. 165 more words


Week Two: Writing Your Personal History

I enjoyed answering the questions from last week. It was fun to try to remember about when I was a baby. I learned I don’t really remember much! 273 more words


I come from a long line of Rowdy Bastards

Every now and then I get the urge to check out the family history. Due to what turns out to be an awful lot of scandal, I never really learned much about the family from my grandparents. 596 more words


Is My Tree Finished?

I won’t keep you in suspense because I can tell you without even looking at your tree, that the answer to that question is going to be “No.” I’ve actually encountered a few people who have proclaimed their entire tree to be “finished,” and they’ve definitely garnered an eye roll because they may be done, but their family tree will never be truly finished. 594 more words


Two for the Price of One: Two Views

Boundaries and Expectations

September 12, 1986

Partly cloudy skies.

Driving home alone, I could barely concentrate on the road.

My eyes welled up.

Will I be a good mother? 1,859 more words

Family Life

October 1944 (4)

Halsey was battling Ozawa’s Decoy Force at Cape Engaño where the last surviving Japanese ship from the Pearl Harbor attacks, IJN Zuikaku was ablaze and abandoned.   788 more words


Roger de Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March

On this day, 26 February 1360, Roger de Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March and 4th Baron of Mortimer died. He was my 21st great-grandfather.

Roger de Mortimer was born on 11 November 1328, to parents… 582 more words