Category Archives: General

Genealogical surprises: My colonial Virginia roots

With the arrival of Independence Day this year, I decided to look more closely at ancestors living in America when that fateful declaration of independence was made. Adam Darnell, for one, was a Revolutionary War soldier, born in Virginia. It’s … Continue reading

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So … I had my DNA tested …

Although I am fully American by birth and upbringing, genetically speaking I’ve always known myself to be a product of the people surrounding the North Sea. At least this was my understanding as I embarked on a genealogical DNA test. … Continue reading

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Discovering a poet (temporary post)

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

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My first visit to RootsTech in Salt Lake City

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

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Branching out with blogging

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

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Treasure Chest Thursday … and Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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Time to blog again

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

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Bloggers are readers, too …

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

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Blogging in the new year

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

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Military Monday: Honoring veterans like Dad

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

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