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.


31 thoughts on “ROOTS

  1. Doris Lynn (Duck)

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

    I may have some info for you.

    Liked by 1 person

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


  2. 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!

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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!


  3. 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.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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.


  4. 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!


  5. 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!


  6. 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!

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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.

      Liked by 1 person

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

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I love that!

    Liked by 1 person

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

    Liked by 1 person

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


  10. 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.

    Liked by 1 person

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


  11. 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.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Keep on writing, great job!

    Liked by 1 person

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

    Liked by 1 person

  14. 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.

    Liked by 1 person

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


  15. 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.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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.

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Cathleen Morris

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

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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.


  17. Pingback: The Sunshine Blogger Award – Tales of a Family

  18. 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.

    Liked by 1 person

Please share your thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at

The Family Kalamazoo

A genealogical site devoted to the history of the DeKorn and Zuidweg families of Kalamazoo and the Mulder family of Caledonia

Aquila's Place

An Eccentric Mix of Literature and Opinions

Amazing Ancestors

Portraits and profiles of my family

And the Tenth Time

"Nine times out of ten... But what about the tenth time?"

The Women Who Made Me

Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary

Before Now

The Past is History

Amanda Bradburn

Author | Editor | Genealogist | Professional Bookworm

Daze & Weekes

I'm just a colourful Renaissance woman/human box of wine here to enlighten (and amuse) you.

Today in History

"Tell me a fact, and I'll learn. Tell me a truth, and I'll believe. But tell me a story, and it will live in my heart forever." - Steve Sabol, NFL Films

Miner Descent

Tracing each branch back to their arrival in America

Scoundrels + Saints

Genealogy Gets Real: Stories of the Good, the Bad & Everyone Else

Dusty Roots & Forgotten Treasures

Researching, Preserving, and Sharing Genealogical Information For Future Generations

Tales of a Family

Finding my Way Home

Lives Our Ancestors Left Behind

What were their stories for us?

Lineage Hunter

Exploring Multiple Family Lines

About Those Ancestors

They can hide, but they can't run!

Generations of Nomads

On the Trail of Family Faces, Places, and Stories Around the World


how we go on...

GraveSeeker's Diary

“I am the now of the then. My body is the embodiment of all my ancestors who came before me. They live on in me.” ― Jarod Kintz.

Descended from Royalty

Life is lived forward, but understood backward

Filling in the Family Tree

Hopper, Hedrick, Cowan, Hinson, Gray, Hickman, Reece, Perkins and more

Rael & Fernandez Family History

Recording and sharing my journey learning about my ancestors


This site is the bee's knees

The Redeeming Thread

My crazy life adventures that always seem to have one redeeming thread.

Forgotten Ancestors

Tracing The Faces

My Ducks in a Row

using FamilySearch and to organize your family history

Almost Home

Genealogy Research and Consulting

Tracking Down The Family

Family History and Genealogy

Shaking the Family Tree

Let the nuts fall where they may.

Quiet Echoes In Time

Thinking Today About Countless Yesterdays


Family History Research by Jane Roberts

The Family Stump

The branches, leaves and stumps of our family tree

A Wise Heart's Journey

Finding ancestors one step at a time.

%d bloggers like this: