Grandma’s Memories: Part IX

“This is Peggy Barbour Straughen and I am on my way back to Ohio from a family reunion and I thought I would report some of my childhood memories of my grandparents. As I am speaking of this, I am now 60 years old.  Let’s see…" My grandmother grew up in south-central Pennsylvania, living for... Continue Reading →

One-Page Research Form

On my way home from RootsTech I was inspired to renew my research on my brickwall ancestor, John H. McKee. I started by writing down my research question: When did John McKee die? Followed by a research plan. To put my research plan on paper I pulled out a form I had developed a while... Continue Reading →

Happy Women’s Day

Happy [belated] International Women's Day! The featured image on today's post depicts all of my female ancestors for whom I have a photograph. I am so proud to descend from these strong and beautiful women! On this occasion I wondered...How have my ancestors watched women's rights and status in the United States advance throughout history?... Continue Reading →

Wrapping Up RootsTech 2019

My third trip to RootsTech was the best one yet. I attended some of the best sessions I've ever been to and caught up with many friends from Twitter, Facebook, and past conferences. I was pleased with a number of the changes that were made from the last two years, including the addition of new... Continue Reading →

My RootsTech Day Bag

Today I packed for RootsTech 2019! I have been working on planning some carry-on only travel to Europe in the fall, so I've had packing on the brain this week and it's spilling over into this week's blog post. After two years of packing waaaay too much in a suitcase that was waaaay too big... Continue Reading →

Grandma’s Memories: Part VIII

“This is Peggy Barbour Straughen and I am on my way back to Ohio from a family reunion and I thought I would report some of my childhood memories of my grandparents. As I am speaking of this, I am now 60 years old.  Let’s see…” My grandmother grew up in south-central Pennsylvania, living for... Continue Reading →

What is digitization really?

Part of my responsibility at the library is managing an archive of digitized materials including books, pamphlets, maps, photographs, and more. When most people look at digital archives they see how easy it is to use the materials and are probably unaware of the journey the items took to arrive on their screen. Today I... Continue Reading →

My Ancestor “Score” 2019

The last time I posted about my "score" on my blog was 2016, and even then my post contained several errors. [What’s Your Number? 2016] This week I added several direct ancestors to my tree for the first time in a long time (thank you polar vortex) and it occurred to me that I should... Continue Reading →

Notes About the Ramby Family

This letter to my great-grandmother, Grace McKee (1887-1964), was tucked inside a notebook with several other letters. Although it is not dated, has no envelope, and is not signed with a full name, I believe it must be from her first cousin, Helen McKee (1890-1958). It could have been written in the 1940s or early... Continue Reading →

Marilynn Bell’s Life in Tweets

The theme of #genchat last night, Friday, 18 January, was Challenges of Writing Family History with guest host Lynn Palermo. If you have never participated in a Friday-night Genchat, I recommend joining in! It's a fun way to network with other genealogists. You can tune in by searching the hashtag #genchat at 10pm Eastern time... Continue Reading →

McKee Obituaries

No obituary has been found for Edwin McKee so I have written my own: Edwin McKee, of 105 Parkwood Drive, died 27 January 1925 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. He was born 13 Oct 1849 in Montgomery County, Ohio to John H. and Amelia (Ramby) McKee. Edwin married Anna Irwin on 11 April... Continue Reading →

2018 Genealogy Goals Wrap-up

A lot has changed in the last year! In February 2018 I moved to Northern Indiana and started working as a genealogy librarian there, which has been a wonderful opportunity to serve genealogists in the community and hone my skills in areas unrelated to my own family tree. All year I was conscious of the... Continue Reading →

Christmas Cookies

When I was growing up one of the biggest Christmas traditions in my grandmother's household was having lots and lots of Christmas cookies. At least 7 kinds of cookies. Nothing requiring cookie cutters or frosting, oh no. Sandtarts, crescents, florentines, tiny crunchy chocolate chip, toffee bars, Reese's squares, mint bars, and sometimes more were each... Continue Reading →

Gifts for Genealogists Under $30

Genealogists are pretty easy people to buy gifts for. There are so many aspects to the hobby that make for great gifts at all price ranges. Even if they already have the thing you picked out…genealogists love to have backup copies of everything! Just promise me you won’t buy anyone a faux-parchment certificate with their... Continue Reading →

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