Growing up, I had two very different experiences when it came to family history. Thankfully, I was privileged to have a few members on both sides of my family who reveled in remembering loved ones and special times.

However, also prevalent were those family members who stayed silent on kin long gone and days gone by. Entire lines of my ancestry were erased, it seemed. These missing branches left huge gaps in our family tree.

As I got older, the voices of these unknown ancestors seem to whisper in my subconscious, begging me to discover who they were and remember their accomplishments and aspirations. By finding them, I found myself.

Here are just a few of our ancestors’ stories.


40 thoughts on “ROOTS

  1. John Thomas

    I too am a descendent of the Thomas family. I found the article very interesting and informative.

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    • Welcome to my blog, John. From what line do you descend? I descend from:

      Christian Thomas (1655 – 1708), my 8th great-grandfather
      Hans Michael Thomas (1688 – ), my 7th great-grandfather
      Hans Michael Thomas (1719 – 1784), my 6th great-grandfather
      Jacob Michael Thomas (1747 – 1811), my 5th great-grandfather
      George Thomas (1793 – 1857), my 4th great-grandfather
      Solomon S. Thomas (1831 – 1910), my 3rd great-grandfather
      John Luther Thomas (1857 – 1927), my 2nd great-grandfather
      and so on…

      For more on the Thomas Family, feel free to check out:


  2. Hi KTC, I’m getting smarter and just figured out how to backtrack on some of my reader’s “likes” and noted that you just gave me 10 minutes of your valuable time to read my Giant Inner Tube story. I just wanted to thank you for spending some time with my work and hope it made you smile. You are welcome to wander around my collection any day. Have a great one. Gary

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  3. My father, the man who taught me a love for history, left us last month. Too soon. He was always the family historian, while my interests have been all over. Extensive though it was, his knowledge of our family story is gone to us now. But he left us with notes. Copious notes – boxes of handwritten narratives, and photocopied source documents. Your blog motivates me to take up the story, and turn it into something more permanent. Thank you for what you do.

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    • My sympathies on the loss of your father. What an amazing gift your dad left you– all those boxes of narratives and ancestral findings. Through telling your family stories, you will honor your father and the legacy he left to you. Blessings to you.

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  4. Interesting how there’s a completion in knowing 🙂

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  6. I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award:

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  7. Hi. I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I always look forward to your family histories, for they are informative and interesting.

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  9. Cathleen Morris

    That’s utterly amazing! You’re really blessed to be able to discover so much about your families historical genealogy … Well done

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    • Thank you, Cathleen. It has taken many, many years of research, but I agree: I have been blessed to discover so much family history. I wish you much luck in your own genealogical endeavors.


  10. I love the theme of your blog. Thanks for visiting my blog. I have written about “Roots” also, and my favorite picture is of a huge beautiful tree with its roots in a river. It took thirty years of research to find out that I not only have Norwegian, German, Luxembourger, and Bohemian ancestors, but I now know I and was so excited to find out that I also have Swedish, Finnish, and Scottish. I have found children out of wedlock and some “brick walls” to where I will never know the truth because anyone who knew the truth are deceased. Keep up the good work.

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    • Welcome, Sally. Like you, I revel in “finding” lost ancestors, although those missing pieces and brick walls are beyond frustrating. Best of luck scaling those walls and discovering clues.

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  11. What a beautiful introduction. I know as I research, I find some voices that needed to be heard and weren’t, but in my remembering, in my documenting, I feel that they can be remembered and known.

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    • I agree wholeheartedly. Too many ancestral voices have been silenced. It is our duty, as their descendants, to make their voices heard.


  12. Thank you for commenting on my blog—because now I have discovered yours. I look forward to following and learning!

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  13. Keep on writing, great job!

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  14. Hi again, thanks for stopping by my blog and introducing me to your’s. It’s fantastic! You’ve done an incredible job with it. I’ll never be short of interesting things to read.

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    • Welcome, Olivia, to my blog. I am so glad you are like my posts. It is always nice to find others who share my love (obsession) of genealogy.

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  15. Thanks for reading my ancestry story. It’s all true-about the ancestors keeping me awake. I’m always delighted to meet another “ancestry seeker” (notice I didn’t say nut) who understands that drive to keep those people’s memories alive just in case someone in the family decides they are curious. I look forward to reading your posts.

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    • From one ancestry addict to another, welcome to my blog, Lisa. I hope you enjoy my posts as much as I enjoy yours.


  16. Wow, this is fastidious. My younger sister is analyzing such things, so I am going to let her know.

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, Jane. I am so glad you appreciated it. I hope your sister does as well.


  17. I love that!

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  18. Lovely writing. I enjoy reading genealogy blogs like yours with heart and not just facts.

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  19. Thank you for starting to follow my blog, “Scottish Heart”. I hope that you will continue to enjoy it. Having read a bit of your blog, I am impressed with the storyline you are weaving. Ancestry is so important!

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    • I am so glad that you are following my blog too, Katie. Thank you!

      I have quite a few Scottish roots, so your blog appeals to me. I can’t wait to read all that you have written.

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  20. On Friday, January 2, 2015 at 3:41 p.m., I received another email from Evie. Here is what she said:

    My nephew Glenn (the family genealogist), agrees that your blog is fantastic—so interesting and well-written.

    Bless your heart! Thank you, Evie and Glenn!


  21. On Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 4:26 a.m., I received the following email from a truly amazing lady whom I greatly respect and like.

    Here is what she said:

    I love your blog! You are an exceptional writer and reading about your family and how you’ve gone about exploring your genealogy was absolutely fascinating. You really make the past come alive. I could not “put it down”. Read it at one fell swoop from beginning to end.

    I’m eager to direct my nephew to it, too. He has developed a passion for genealogy and I’m sure he will find your blog as interesting as I did. He may even pick up a few pointers as far as sources, etc. are concerned.

    All the best in the new year to you and your family. I look forward to following you—and them—on kindredconnection.

    Thank you, Evie, for your extraordinarily supportive and uplifting words. You made my day!


  22. John Bush

    Hello. My name is John Bush. I am 10th generation on my father’s side of Ludwig Bush. You mentioned his son Daniel Bush, private in Westmoreland County militia. I have a complete family heritage book passed down and would like more info. Please contact me.

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    • Thank you for stopping by my blog, John. I have emailed you, as requested, to talk about this shared lineage. I look forward to our correspondence.


  23. Carol Lee Rosen

    Please keep this up. I am just amazed by all the information you have been able to find out about our family…..not to mention the memories of going through tubs of pictures with you…. Hugs to you and the boys!

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    • Thanks, Aunt Carol Lee! Those tubs of photos, deeds, and other documents… it was like unearthing buried treasure, wasn’t it! Great times! Love you!


  24. Doris Lynn (Duck)

    Thanks for keeping in touch and getting info about the family’s past.

    I may have some info for you.

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    • You are most welcomed, Lynn. Thanks for stopping by! And any family history info you might have would be MUCH appreciated!


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