Every year until I was in high school, my family would make the twelve-hour drive to Buffalo, New York to visit my maternal grandparents, Tom and Janice (Zielinski) Kuznicki. We would stay for a week or two at a time, and my sister and I would beg my grandmother to tell us stories the entire … More Janice & Joyce
This week’s 52 Ancestors prompt is “Winter,” and it immediately reminded me of a photo I received from a Bond family cousin years ago. In the photo, the ground is covered in a blanket of snow, and wagon tracks and horses’ hoof prints lead to a white farmhouse down the road. The photo is titled, … More Meet Effie & George
Some 52 Ancestors prompts have immediately reminded me of a family story: “Frightening” sparked the memory of my grandmother telling us kids her favorite ghost story, and the obvious choice for “Independence” was my Revolutionary War ancestor’s journey to clear his name a year before his passing. Some prompts have been more difficult to write … More The Next-to-Last Cook Sister
A random fact about me: although I’m currently teaching in an elementary school, I actually majored in political science and public policy in college. I have always loved politics and history–making family history the perfect fit–and I try to incorporate these topics in the examples I provide in my lessons. I had thought I was … More Uriah McKellup, the Whig Representative
Of all my ancestors, George Amos Gritton took the eeriest photos. It’s in his eyes: he had a bone-chilling, otherworldly stare that evokes all things midnight and graves and weirdness. This is not to say that Amos wasn’t a good man; in fact, he devoted the latter half of his life to public service, and … More Coroner Gritton Summoned By Death
Halloween is my favorite time of the year; growing up, my sister and I would dress as princesses or superheroes–we even had a brief vampire phase in elementary school–and brave the cool weather to go trick-or-treating with our dad. We’d make the long trek around the neighborhood, argue over who had the most candy and … More Grandpa’s a Ghost!