Yellow Fever in Virginia – Family Legend or Truth?

To anyone other than a genealogist, getting excited when you learn about a tragedy in your family history is kind of morbid. But I wouldn’t say the word “excited” is exactly the right term. Interested. Fascinated. Connected. In July of 1870,  my third great grandfather, Orlando Shrum,  was a successful young brickmason in Halbert Township of Martin County, Indiana.  His 27 year old wife, Martha Horsey Shrum, was just a few weeks pregnant with their second son, Frederick. Their  first born son, Mark, had just turned one year old a few weeks earlier. Mark was my great-grandfather Less than four…

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It Is The Little Things In Life

A few weeks ago, we moved my older sister out of the apartment she and Mom shared for the past 3 years. Mom died this past December.  Robin didn’t really need that second bedroom, and the rent was higher than she could really afford. So,we helped her get settled down the road in a one bedroom apartment. In 2015, Robin quit her job in Virginia and came back home to Connecticut to move in with Mom. Mom had been living in Florida, but her health was declining and we kids convinced her to come back to New England to be…

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Eternal optimist Scott Hamilton charms #RootsTech audience

When you’ve faced life threatening times, you don’t sweat the small stuff. “I always joke with people you know you’ve truly survived cancer when you get mad in traffic. Because of course, then you are back to sweating the small stuff. ” keynote speaker, Scott Hamilton told us as we interviewed him at RootsTech 2018. When Scott speaks, you can’t help but feel inspired. He says his biggest fear isn’t the cancer he fights, but of being pulled away from who is he and who he is meant to be as a person.  He is the personification of “the glass…

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RootsTech 2018 Keynotes express “Connect. Belong” Theme.

A full month has passed since RootsTech 2018, and the experience is still kicking around in my head. I’ve been looking for a way to express my take-away from the conference. It’s my third RootsTech  I’ve attended and the first as an Ambassador. I’ll be highlighting my full interviews with the fabulous keynote speakers from RootsTech. They all illustrate RootsTech 2018 theme of “Connect. Belong.” Listen to our 10 minute interview session with Brendon Stanton as he expressed how Humans of New York connects him with people. DISCLAIMER: I was a RootsTech2018 conference Ambassador. One of my responsibilities as an Ambassador was…

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