Get Thee to a Nunnery

Get Thee to a Nunnery

So, we're Catholic. Really Catholic. I grew up attending Sunday School, memorizing my Acts of Contrition and finding excuses to skip out on Reconciliation every year. It was great (heavy on the sarcasm--sorry Mom!), and when I started researching my genealogy, it came as no surprise that there were not one, not two, but dozens [...]

Hurricane Sweeps Nelson Farm

Hurricane Sweeps Nelson Farm

The one thing I often overlook when it comes to researching an ancestor's story is the weather. And it shouldn't be: climate patterns and weather phenomenon guided both our ancestors' day-to-day decisions and their long-term migration patterns, just as they guide our own. Rainstorms were essential to keeping crops alive, but snowstorms may have kept [...]