Halloween Memories

Dad: My dad doesn't remember a lot about Halloween as a child, but he remembers going to a corn field in the fall – this was when he lived in Franklin, so under 11 years old – getting some ears of dried corn and shucking the kernels off the cob. Then they would throw the kernels... Continue Reading →

“Tester of Explosives Injured”

My 2nd great-grandfather, James Franklin Straughen, had many occupations during his lifetime from fisherman to carpenter and more. In 1903, he was working as a gunpowder tester at the DuPont munitions factory at Carney's Point, New Jersey. In 1903, Frank was 39 years old and had four children, who ranged in age from 13 years... Continue Reading →

Finding the Parents of Isaac Straughen

You’d think with an unusual name like “Straughen” that it wouldn’t be difficult to identify my ancestors, but it hasn’t been easy! My 2nd great-grandfather Isaac Straughen (pictured at the top of this post) was born in 1817 in New Jersey. He reported in the 1880 census that his father was also born in New... Continue Reading →

It’s Graduation Day!

Today I am graduating from Indiana University with my Master of Library Science. (Ok, the picture is from my undergraduate days.) I initially made the decision to pursue this career path because I saw it as an opportunity to keep my passion for genealogy close to my work. After a year and a half of... Continue Reading →

The Man Next Door

My grandfather, Bill Straughen, and his family lived in a small duplex 2 blocks from the Delaware river in Penns Grove, New Jersey. The Straughns were very poor but they lived next door to Wilbert S. Leap, who owned a haberdashery that occupied the front of the first floor of his home. Mr. Leap also... Continue Reading →

Straughen/Straughn Surname

My maternal grandfather's name is William Straughen (pronounced "strawn"). This name has gone through spelling changes in almost every generation since it arrived on US soil in the mid/late 1700s. William preferred the 'e' at the end. His parents went by Straughn, however in the preceding 3 generations both spellings were common. I look comically... Continue Reading →

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun! May 23rd

I always have fun playing along with Saturday Night Genealogy Fun from Genea-Musings! You can check out his prompts on his blog and join in on the fun! The prompt for May 23rd: http://www.geneamusings.com/2015/05/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-your_23.html This week's prompt is to create a map of where you have been using the defocus blog website. Color coding indicates much... Continue Reading →

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun! April 25

I always have fun playing along with Saturday Night Genealogy Fun from Genea-Musings! You can check out his prompts on his blog and join in on the fun! The prompt for April 25: http://www.geneamusings.com/2015/04/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-favorite.html This week's prompt is to select a favorite family photograph and share it. Below I have selected a photo of my mom's... Continue Reading →

Fearless Females: March 18

The Accidental Genealogist is running her annual “Fearless Females” month of March. I’m so happy to be joining in, although admittedly a little late. I will attempt to catch up before the end of the month. If you want to see her blog and prompts you can look here: http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com/2015/02/back-for-sixth-year-fearless-females.html The prompt for March 18: "Shining... Continue Reading →

Fearless Females: March 17

The Accidental Genealogist is running her annual “Fearless Females” month of March. I got really behind this month due to several weekends of traveling for hockey, but I still think it’s a worthwhile series and I’m hoping to finish it out slowly. If you want to see her blog and prompts you can look here: http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com/2015/02/back-for-sixth-year-fearless-females.html The prompt... Continue Reading →

Fearless Females: March 15

The Accidental Genealogist is running her annual “Fearless Females” month of March. I got really behind this month due to several weekends of traveling for hockey, but I still think it's a worthwhile series and I'm hoping to finish it out slowly. If you want to see her blog and prompts you can look here: http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com/2015/02/back-for-sixth-year-fearless-females.html The... Continue Reading →

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun! April 4 & 11

I always have fun playing along with Saturday Night Genealogy Fun from Genea-Musings! You can check out his prompts on his blog and join in on the fun! I missed last week's prompt, but here are both of them together. The prompt for April 4: http://www.geneamusings.com/2015/04/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-when-i-was.html The prompt for April 11: http://www.geneamusings.com/2015/04/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-when-i-was_11.html The current series of SNGF... Continue Reading →

Fearless Females: March 10

The Accidental Genealogist is running her annual “Fearless Females” month of March. I’m so happy to be joining in, although admittedly a little late. I will attempt to catch up before the end of the month. If you want to see her blog and prompts you can look here: http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com/2015/02/back-for-sixth-year-fearless-females.html The prompt for March 10: "What... Continue Reading →

Fearless Females: March 8

The Accidental Genealogist is running her annual “Fearless Females” month of March. I’m so happy to be joining in, although admittedly a little late. I will attempt to catch up before the end of the month. If you want to see her blog and prompts you can look here: http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com/2015/02/back-for-sixth-year-fearless-females.html The prompt for March 8: "Did... Continue Reading →

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