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If you could see your Ancestors all standing in a row
Would you be proud of them or not – or don’t you really know?
Some strange discoveries are made in climbing family trees
And some of them, you know, do not particularly please.

If you could see your Ancestors all standing in a row
There might be some of them perhaps you wouldn’t care to know.
But here’s another question which requires a different view:
If you could meet your Ancestors, would they be proud of you?

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Day 4 Recap – NGS: Paths To Your Past

No, say it ain’t so! The end is here (at least for the 2018 NGS conference). And my mind is officially overflowing with information, new things to try, and previous goodies to revisit! So what was on the schedule for today, you ask? Traffic Violations, Criminal Complaints and Marriages: Records…

Day 3 Recap – NGS: Paths To Your Past

Day 3…wait, is it really already the third day of NGS??? How did that happen? I think time sped up while I was having fun and learning new things! Day 3 started with some coffee and deep diving into research logs, Civil War pension files and passport applications. The morning sessions…

Day 2 Recap – NGS 2018: Paths To Your Past

And the fun just keeps coming! Day two of NGS provided me with several more fantastic sessions and networking with fellow genealogists (and who doesn’t love that?) The sessions I attended today were: German Trails – Leaving European Homes and Locating Across America by Carrie Eldridge The Discriminating Genealogist: Telling…

On the Road Again! 2018 NGS Conference: Paths to Your Past

We had the best of intentions. But you know what’s said about that, right? The spousal unit and I had the perfect travel schedule for our drive to Grand Rapids for the NGS conference this year. We would have time to simply dawdle along on the drive, stop where we…

Reflections From Wreaths Across America

At the end of December I had the opportunity to participate in helping to decorate graves at the Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas during Wreaths Across America. I’ve participated in this activity for close to the last five years and every year it gets better and better. The group…