family history

Family Group from Paper Scraps

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  journal entry:   We are always searching for our ancestors. Their stories and their clothing and their faces and their tools.  Their professions and their families. Their talents. Sometimes we follow clues but other times we barely know where to start. We can remedy that disappointment in our grandchildren’s futures but leaving keepsakes behind […]

I Love Cemeteries

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journal entry: It is impossible to compile and research family history without falling in love with cemeteries. Especially those where ancestors sleep. We discovered the burial places of many ancestors only recently. We discovered this mountain-top cemetery named Pleasant Green Cemetery only a few years ago. There we found Tom’s great-grandparents John and Rosella Jenkins. […]

Photography Favorites:  Holden

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  journal entry:   Oh, how I wish that I had been able to have a camera like I do today when my children were small. Think of all the faces and stages and special moments I could have recorded.  This is a wonderful time in which to live, especially with a nice camera in […]

Funeral Photography

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journal entry: It seems that people have long underestimated the importance of “funeral” photography.  As my interest in Family History has deepened, I have  developed a great appreciation for it.  The death of those we love often brings together more living family members than does any other event.  Even weddings and the blessing of babies […]

Family History:  A Reverance for the Ordinary

“Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines and stone quarries; all people are quotations from all of their ancestors.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson- journal entry: Nothing has been more life-changing and inspiring to me than my wanderings in the forgotten lands of family history.  No hobbies […]