Spring Cleaning My Genealogy

Spring is here! It’s time to open the windows, breathe some fresh air, and take a walk around your favorite cemetery to stretch those brick-wall-busting muscles after a dreary winter. The tradition of “spring cleaning” is present in many cultures including Iranian New Year, Passover, and Easter. Over time we have begun to associate the... Continue Reading →

Grandma’s Voice of Hope 1

Growing up I attended the same church as my grandmother, Normandy United Methodist Church in Centerville, Ohio. A service the church offered for a long time was a phone line called "Voices of Hope." Church members would record new messages each week and anyone who needed to hear a voice of encouragement could call the... Continue Reading →

Finding the Holy Grail…on Facebook

Five years ago, what sparked my interest in genealogy was realizing that I didn't know anything about my grandfather's WWII service. I only knew that Milton Anderson (1922-1986) had attended the Citadel military college in Charleston, South Carolina and that he had been injured during his service and spent the rest of the war away... Continue Reading →

Transcribing Pension Files

For the past few weeks (months) I've been working on a project I set out in my Genealogy Goals for 2019, a short biography of my 3rd great-grandfather, Stephen Irwin. It has taken up most of my available research time, which is why the blog posts have been a little weak! In the course of... Continue Reading →

A Barbour Family Easter

Happy Easter! I'm celebrating today by sharing these photos of my grandmother's family celebrating Easter in 1940 and 1941. My grandmother, Margaret "Peggy" Barbour, would have been two and three years old in these photos. She spent both Easter holidays hunting for eggs with her cousins, George and Marie Mohn. Peggy also visited her her... Continue Reading →

10 Webinars to Watch

I've said many times on my blog that one of my favorite ways to keep up my genealogy education is through Legacy Family Tree Webinars. As much as I love conferences, it's much cheaper (and cozier) to watch webinars at home in my pajamas. I have had a subscription to Legacy Family Tree Webinars for... Continue Reading →

Planning Research Trips As You Go

Next week I’m giving a presentation about research trips at the library as a part of our annual community read month themed around The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. One of my favorite tips in the presentation is how I prepare throughout my research so I’m ready to take advantage of any travel opportunity to... Continue Reading →

Middle Child Syndrome?

"Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I'm glad for that." — Ally Condie Last week Randy Seaver posted a challenge as part of his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun series to share the birth orders of ancestors along a single... Continue Reading →

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 →

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