Minnie Magdalene (KUHN) VAN DUYN Ancestry Chart – 5 Generations (Ancestor 15)

Minnie Magdalene (KUHN) VAN DUYN is my 2nd great grandmother. Continue reading

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The Most Interesting Ancestor I Have in 100 Words – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 22)

Randy Seaver on his Genea-Musings blog has put out a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – 100 Word Genealogy Challenge to write a short story that includes the phrase “the most interesting ancestor I have” in 100 words. Here is mine: Continue reading

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Twelve Years Ago Today – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 3, My Mother)

It was twelve years ago today. It was approximately 3:45pm. It was a Monday.

I got there about 25 minutes before then, maybe fewer. Her fluids were unhooked. I just sat with her. She was so cold. So cold. Her hands were freezing cold. I held them. Continue reading

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Find A Grave as a Source – Memorials and Photos

Isn’t Find A Grave a fabulous resource that we could not have fathomed 20 years ago? Do you think it would be safe to say that at this point, nearly all genealogists have used Find A Grave? It is a treasure trove of final disposition and sometimes biographical information for our ancestors and relatives. Thousands of contributors post photos of grave markers, attaching them to the online memorials for the corresponding individuals. Continue reading

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Margaret Ellen Wilson, 3 April 1931, Muncie, Indiana – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 3)

I loved my mother so much, although I often had a strange way of showing it. But she was my best friend, my companion. We had so much fun, particularly after I became an adult. She understood me, but she couldn’t help me. Continue reading

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