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

  1. 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:

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  2. John Thomas

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

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  3. 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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  4. You probably understand better than most. I’m looking forward to the project.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Interesting how there’s a completion in knowing 🙂

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

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  10. 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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  12. 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.


  13. 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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  14. 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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  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.

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


  17. 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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  18. Welcome, Amy! I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I enjoy yours!

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

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  20. Keep on writing, great job!

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