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.


47 thoughts on “ROOTS

Comment navigation

  1. 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

  2. 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

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


  4. 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

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


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

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Thank you, Samantha! And thanks for dropping by my blog!


  8. I love that!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. What a thoughtful thing to say! Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to read my blog.

    Liked by 1 person

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

    Liked by 1 person

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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!


  14. 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!


  15. 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.


  16. 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

  17. 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!


  18. 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

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


  20. 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

Comment navigation

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 )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google 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 )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at

The Handwritten Past

Tips, Stories, and Advice from Professional Genealogists

writing my past

in which I document my genealogical research adventures and explore the people and events from my family's history…

Deeper Roots Genealogy

~ Discovering Your Family's Past To Shape Your Future ~

The Wanderlust Genealogist

Bringing Your Past into Your Present!

Delving into the past

Here you shall find, my writings, about my family research, and general research into murders, and other people's ancestry, where I dig deep, and find all kinds of information about my family, whether it is good or bad, and my life itself in general, there are some sad, informative, facts here, which I hope, will get you guys blogging, so what are you waiting for? Get reading!

A Pennsylvania Dutch Genealogy

the genealogy & family research site of Kris Hocker

The Family Letter Blog

Connecting Generations

Discovering Yesterday

Preserving the history of ordinary people

Barb's GeNealogy Life

Combining two of my favorite addictive pastimes - family history and writing.

Skeletons In The Closet

Digging them up and dragging them out

Ascending the Stairs

Because each step tells another story of our ancestors

Our Lineage

Researching Family History One Ancestor at a Time - © 2012-2019 - Wendy Malinowski. All Rights Reserved

Past Presence

A site for genealogists and history geeks

The Family Kalamazoo

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

From Shepherds and Shoemakers

Sharing musings, insights, resources and strategies as I discover my family history.

Its good to be crazy Sometimes

A view from the inside of going through the minefield of the British benefit system if you are disabled and the ups and downs of coping with mental illness


Words of wisdom, inspiration, feeling

Rants, Rambles, Revelations, Remembrances

Because the voice in my head won't stay silent...

Genealogy for Children

How to engage children in genealogy and family history


A family genealogy blog


Collecting stories from family historians who are climbing their family trees and planning trips to where their ancestors actually lived!

Kindred Stories

Everyone has a story

Our Great Ancestors

Where Distant Family Become Close

Jill's Garden

Garden of Life

Chips Off the Old Block

A blog devoted to genealogical wanderings - dedicated to family near and far, through distance and time

My Descendant's Ancestors

Tips, Tools and Stories for the Family Historian

Applegate Genealogy

Helping others discover their roots

Gary A Wilson's Stories in a Dime of Time

Autobiographical fun in 10 minutes or less

Shaking The Branches

My Search For My Scots & Irish Ancestors

Decoding the Family Tree

solving family history one branch at a time.

Bespoke Genealogy

UK and Ireland: Genealogy, History and Travel

The Letters

Louise Mabey

From Ballachulish to South Mississippi

Mississippi family history letters

Writer Within

The Efforts of a Writer Trying to Write


Exploring the Past to Improve the Future

Aquila's Place

An Eccentric Mix of Literature and Opinions

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

F Yeah History

History...but better

Amanda Bradburn

Author | Editor | Genealogist | Professional Bookworm

Daze & Weekes

A (charmingly?) delusional Victorian actress surviving in the hideous and grotesque modern world.

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