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 13

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 13: "Moment... Continue Reading →

Fearless Females: March 5

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 5: "How... Continue Reading →

Fearless Females: March 4

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 4: "Do... Continue Reading →

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