From Mother

From Mother

Last month, I shared a letter penned by Betsy Maria (Penfield) Cook to her son, Arthur, during the American Civil War; in it, she worries about Arthur's safety and laments the death of her son, Wesley, only a few months before. It's an emotional and touching letter (one of my favorite lines is: I feel that I [...]

Aunt Monie’s Butter Cookie Cutouts

Aunt Monie’s Butter Cookie Cutouts

This week's 52 Ancestors prompt is "Dear Diary," but I've only inherited one diary over the years. I wrote about it a few months ago, too: the diary belonged to Maude (Merrill) Hammond in 1948, and she penned a few lines each day about the weather or her shopping trips for the entire year. It's [...]

Content, Content, Content &…Content

Content, Content, Content &…Content

It's frustrating, sometimes: I have dozens--hundreds, even--of photos and stories and records pertaining to the men in my family tree, but as I trace further back, the stories of the women in my family become fewer and far between. I'm sure that's every genealogist's experience, though; if you took an account of the stories shared [...]