The RootsTech App: A love affair

Last night I woke up in a panic because I realized I hadn’t made my flight reservations for #RootsTech yet. If you know me, you know this is not typical of me to be disorganized. I’m a list girl. I’m a planning ahead girl. I’m juggling a lot in my life right now and for whatever reason, this task just slipped through the cracks. This year I’m attending 4 large conferences: RootsTech, NERGC, Jamboree and FGS. I’m not a speaker, but I’m involved with all of them in some official capacity. And I love that fact, by the way. So…

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#52 Ancestors: A number of “Firsts” with Joel Halbert

Deciding what to write using Amy Johnson Crow’s prompt, “First” was a challenge. My goal for 2019 is to profile certain ancestors that my girls would not normally know about. This blog has always been for them and for them to meet their ancestors and to see my journey as I discover them. So I decided on my ancestor, Joel Halbert. Joel is a prime example of how conflicting stories can frustrate a genealogist. As a woman who has had her genealogy roots firmly planted in New England and Indiana –and nowhere else– I was surprised when I discovered my…

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Our Christmas Eve Tradition

Growing up in my family, I loved Christmas, of course. But what I loved more was Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve we were allowed to open one present from under the tree. Choosing just one present was by no means an easy decision for a child full of excitement like I was. Sometimes that choice could turn horribly wrong. Like the year I chose Aunt Jean’s gift to open. It was a pair of knee socks and some hair bows. Aunt Jean wrapped it in a fairly good size box. I was sure it was a toy of some kind.…

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Grandad and Walter Brennan

As I was sitting up late one night tucked into our family room couch with my computer, I was multi-tasking as I usually do by doing some “light” genealogy while I watched TV.  A movie came on called  “Bad Day at Black Rock” from 1955 starring Spencer Tracy. I’m a pretty big fan of Spencer Tracy so I was surprised I hadn’t seen this one before. To my delight, the supporting cast included Walter Brennan. Walter was a big deal back in the day. He is the only actor in history to receive three Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor.  He…

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