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Left Behind When a Parent Dies

You can see Chapters 1 and 2 of this story here and here. I wrote a few days ago about typhoid fever’s sad visit to the Eggleston home in 1864. Two of the family’s five members died, my great-grandmother, Abigail … Continue reading

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I’m Lonely for My Missing Ancestors

Sometimes when I’m writing genealogy a veil of loneliness falls over me, like walking through a misty cemetery at dusk. It’s when I come across an ancestor who left barely any record of having lived. Just a name in the … Continue reading

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What Do We “Really” Discover in Our Ancestors?

Why do we do it? Why do we spend our time digging into the past, an exercise that is sure not to change the world in any meaningful way? Why do we spend hours on end combing through dusty stacks … Continue reading

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“Mules are Always Boasting that their Ancestors are Horses.”

“Mules are always boasting that their ancestors are horses.” I read that somewhere and busted out laughing. It’s true, isn’t it? And mules aren’t the only ones who do it. I do it. You do it. We all do it. … Continue reading

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“Mules are Always Boasting that their Ancestors are Horses.”

“Mules are always boasting that their ancestors are horses.” I read that somewhere and busted out laughing. It’s true, isn’t it? And mules aren’t the only ones who do it. I do it. You do it. We all do it. … Continue reading

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Let’s Play Ancestral Name Detective!

First names, like eye color, tend to run in families. In my (ex) brother-in-law’s family, every first son is James, every second son is John. It has been like that for generations. He broke the tradition by a hair, naming … Continue reading

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John Fitch, Chapter 2: Victory…or Die?

When we last saw my distant ancestor John Fitch he had just buried his gold and silver on Charles Garrison’s farm in the dead of night. To catch you up, it was December, 1776, and General Washington’s army was staggering … Continue reading

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