Young Jenny Shrum

My grandmother, Jeanette Shrum Willett, left us a wonderful handwritten manuscript of her life which she wrote in the mid 1980’s. She was born August 4, 1897 in Bloomington, Indiana and died March 3, 1988 in Salem, Massachusetts.  I have been transcribing her manuscript here. You can start from the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

A Virginia Goldminer Part 3

While my second great-grandfather, Orlando Shrum, was a young man living in Shenandoah County, Virginia with his parents and siblings in September of 1858, he received a letter from his older brother David, who lived in Grass Valley, California. David had set out a few years earlier to find his …