An Unexpected Find


I recently found myself at the Sheppard Memorial Library in Greenville, NC. With teenagers, I find myself waiting a lot and libraries are good places to do that. I wandered through the stacks of books and came across the NC Collection of local history and genealogy.

The library’s shelves contain over 2000 books on local […]

The Fishing Bobber On My Desk

Fishing Bobber

Is it unusual to keep a fishing bobber on one’s office desk?

Well, I suppose it is, but it actually has something to do my family history.

You see, my grandfather Lester Howard loved to fish. He also loved to teach his grandchildren and great grandchildren how to fish. We learned to fish using […]

A Hand Full of Push Pins

Push Pins


In my day job setting the other day, it was suggested that we put a large map of the United States on the wall. The idea was for everyone to put a colorful push pin on the map to indicate where they were born or grew up.

My repsonse?

I’m a […]

A Step Up?

Marblehead, MA Harbor

Walking along the historic streets (and cemeteries) in New England towns such as Concord and Salem, Massachusetts is a treat for someone who loves history.

I have no ancestors from New England, but I am still fascinated by those who walked these streets 400 years in the past.

Walking through these […]

A Great Read!

I love to read.

I come from a family who likes to read.

My great grandmother (Winnie Haley Carr) used to churn butter with one hand and hold a book in the other! While I haven’t churned butter while reading, I have stirred a pot…..

This summer I picked up a copy of […]

A Mom, A Teen and A Blog

I came across Mission Impossible – Making Genealogy Fun For My Teen recently. As the mother of teens the title most definitely caught my attention.

Michelle of Mission Impossible is documenting her year long journey of finding ways to make her son’s family history project more interesting to him. From the National Polka Festival to […]

I Am So Excited!

I just listened to the newest episode of Genealogy Gems podcast by Lisa Louise Cooke. I posted here about meeting Lisa recently at the NGS conference in Cincinnati. Listening to the Genealogy Gems podcast really inspired me to start my blog.

When I met Lisa, she interviewed me about my blogging experience. Guess what! That […]

The 1940 Census and Me

The release of the 1940 federal census is an exciting adventure for genealogists this week. Like everyone else I have been eagerly awaiting it release.

But I have a confession to make….

I have not searched it’s pages yet.Funny… I actually feel a little “genealogy guilt” over that.

Why have I not searched the […]

I’m Three Today!

Three years ago I started this blog with the simple purpose of telling my ancestors’ stories. I had no idea of the people I would meet – both new friends and new cousins. What fun it has been! Thank you for sharing your stories with me. I look forward to sharing more with you.

My […]

If You Thought Genealogy Was Boring…(Part 3)

….then you:

Haven’t discovered that your father went to school with the genealogy research assistant at the courthouse where you are researching. Haven’t stood on your GG grandparents’ farmland on a beautiful day. Haven’t wondered who was crazier… your ancestors for what they did or YOU for trying to figure out why! Haven’t gotten excited […]

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