Deuteronomy 32:7Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.
"Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about."
— G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
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Norwegian Rivers Joseph Langland (1917- 2007) written by Joseph Langland for the sesquicentennial of Norwegian immigration to the United States, 1975 “Yah, they are so kind of restless, rushing around hills and tumbling the polished stones; they always have somewhere … Continue reading
If I were a better blogger, I’d have posted daily about my recent RootsTech 2016 experience in Salt Lake City while I was there, rather than waiting until I was safely ensconced back in my warm Austin home. In my defense, … Continue reading
One of the great things about embarking on my family history quest is traveling to the places my ancestors lived in the United States. Over the last few years this has taken me to the Midwest many times, with the added … Continue reading
In counting my blessings this Thanksgiving, I know that among the blessings of family are my late grandparents. I have certain distinct memories of my maternal grandmother, and many of them involve needlework. She sewed, crocheted, and knitted regularly … … Continue reading
It’s hard to believe that this blog has sat idle since March. If you had asked me at the beginning of the year, going into a busy work season, how long I’d go without posting, I’d have guessed I’d resume … Continue reading
I am honored and pleased to have been nominated for the Wonderful Team Member Readership award by Jana at Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog, one of my regular and inspiring reads. Here are the rules: (1) Thank the nominator and link … Continue reading
As 2013 dawns, my blogging may be slowing down for a little while as my job takes a temporary turn toward the … intensely busy. I’ll still be hanging around and look forward to reading everyone else’s blogs, but will … Continue reading
On Veterans Day I made a visit to the Veterans Memorial in Georgetown, Texas, and photographed this brick that pays tribute to my dad — one among many bricks honoring individual veterans on the plaza. It’s just a bit of … Continue reading
The family name of Kreykes, from which I am one generation removed, is in some ways a mystery. We know that it was brought to Iowa in the 19th century by a family from Rijssen, the Netherlands. Apparently all recorded … Continue reading
On a recent trip to Orange City, Iowa, my mother’s hometown, I finally had a chance to visit the county historical society’s museum. I’d tried to stop in for a visit the previous August but had found it locked. Like … Continue reading