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Skeletons in the Family Tree

At the October meeting of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society, featured speaker Erin Taylor gave a riveting, yet macabre, presentation on researching those ancestors who have a criminal past, or who themselves have been a victim or witness to a crime.

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Family History Month: October 2016

October is finally here!!!  What could possibly make this month better?  Well, it is also happens to be Family History Month! If you have been contemplating starting your family history journey, now is a great time!  In honor of Family History Month, I am re-posting a blog I wrote last year for Oklahoma Women Bloggers.  As I have learned quite a bit this year, I have added a few updates. Continue reading “Family History Month: October 2016”

The Memory of Time

Within a span of four days, New York and our nation mark two major historic events. Events that forever altered the history and culture of the city. The event that most individuals recall with reverence today is September 11th. The tragic day where two planes flew into the World Trade Towers causing their collapse and the deaths of thousands of people.

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Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!

This week marked the centennial celebration of the National Park Service (NPS). My family has a deep and abiding relationship with our National Parks, whom documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has called “America’s Best Idea.”

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Grandparent’s Day Crafting

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of $5 Family Fun, an e-Book by Meggan Spicer, for reviewing purposes. I chose this family tree craft to review.

Over a year ago, I took my daughter with me on a trip to Warren, Arkansas, to visit the cemetery my great-great grandfather is buried. While she’s probably a bit young for appreciating the finer points of genealogical research, I wanted her to go with me so I can start planting seeds of the importance of family history. To this day, she distinctly remembers seeing her “great-great-great grandpa!”

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Happy Independence Day!

As I am still on maternity leave, I thought I would share this great blog post from Roots & Recall on of the Kings Mountain monument. Continue reading “Happy Independence Day!”

DNA & Adoption: One Woman’s Family Mystery

I am currently busy taking care of a new baby  (YAY!) and taking a hopefully short hiatus from research (BOO!).  Fellow family researcher, Alicia, agreed to do a guest post on her interesting story of how an AncestryDNA test helped to break down a wall of her biological father’s family and the new mysteries that have since unfolded. Please note, names have been changed as a courtesy to those living.


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Thoughts on (not) being Irish, Genealogy, Racism and American Politics

I have been fascinated by Irish history since high school. Ask a few of my friends, they’ll tell you of my obsession. It stemmed from wanting to know who I was, where my people came from.  In hindsight, this was the beginning of my genealogical pursuits. Why Irish? Because, to be blunt, I looked stereotypically Irish. Paler than pale skin, freckles, light eyes and the strawberry blonde hair. This had to mean I was Irish. I just KNEW it.

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A Community: Oklahoma Women Bloggers Mini Conference 2016

In January, I set some resolutions for myself and my Life in the Past Lane blog. I am happy to report that I checked the #4 item, to attend a blogging conference, off my list!

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