When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

Sunday, August 14, 2022

This Week On My Family History Calendar


Mary Jane Brown McRady (1821-1894), my maternal 3rd great-grandmother,  would have been 201 years old on this day. Jane was from the Sumter County, South Carolina area and may have been born there. 

Martha Jane Brown McRady
Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery
Pisgah Crossroads, Sumter, South Carolina
Photo Credit: Remember Me-Findagrave.com
Used with permission

Also, on this day~

My paternal 3rd great-grandmother, Matilda Caroline (Splawn) Martin (1812-1876), was born, possibly in the Iredell County area of North Carolina, 210 years ago.

Matilda's maiden name is unknown to me at this time.

Matilda C. Martin
Bethesda Presbyterian Cemetery
Statesville, Iredell, North Carolina
Photo Credit: Joy Steele-Findagrave.com
Used with permission

Who are you remembering this week?

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Celebration Sunday-Genealogy Happy Dance!


  You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone that you found the document, contacted a cousin with the family Bible, made a DNA connection, or found a new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.

                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This weekly series enables everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 
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down and add your story to the comments section, or you may also put a link to a blog post telling about what had you dancing this week.

My Happy Dance Moment for this week: 

Spending some time researching my own family!

Between client, repatriation and volunteer work, I don't often get to my own family!

This is something I don't get to do much and I have felt a need to add it to my busy schedule.

Did I find anything to help with my brick walls? No, but the joy of looking for records for my people was a true happy dance!

What's your Happy Dance Moment?
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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

GenFriends Genealogy Chat Show: Who Do Season 11 Episodes 3 & 4: Allison Janney and Zachary Levi


The panel Melissa Barker, Laura Hedgecock, Shelley Murphy, , Mary Kircher Roddy  and I share thoughts on what was revealed to Allison Janney and Zachary Levi about their family. From abusers, adventurers, and an accused witch, each learned how their ancestors were affected by the events around them and were able to read documents that added to their stories. 

Watch as we talk about the amazing adventures of Stephen Hopkins, the sorrow of abuse through the generations, and the love of a man and the community that saved a good woman.

Did you watch these episodes of Who Do You Think You Are?

What lessons did you learn about researching your family?

We'd love to hear from you!

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Melissa Barker: A Genealogist in the Archives

Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories

Shelley Murphy-Family Tree Girl

Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy

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