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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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Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds- February 2016: The Mystery of Miss Killian

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For the February installment of  Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds challenge, I have been researching the mysterious Miss Killian who was part of a story included at the end of my previous  Life in the Past Lane post, Major Brown’s Journey: Part One.

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Major Brown’s Journey: Part One

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Garrison Brothers: John Josina, Major Brown, Eugene Hutchison, Edward Leon and Richard Gillespie. Source :Ancestry & Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Records

My second great grandfather, Major Brown Garrison, has truly captivated my imagination. Perhaps it is because I have found more information on him than many on my line, or perhaps it is because his story begins before the Civil War and ends in 1914, and sees so much change in between. Either way, researching him has been great fun and I hope to keep finding tidbits of information about his life.

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January 2016 Reading Recap

Here is a link to some online articles and posts related to genealogy I found interesting and helpful this month.

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