The Next-to-Last Cook Sister

The Next-to-Last Cook Sister

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 [...]

The Bearded Bonds

The Bearded Bonds

This week's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompt is "Bearded," and I immediately thought of the Bond family from Wayne County, Indiana. I've shared the family's story on the blog before: Sally (Hawkins) Bond, Betsy (Hawkins) Harold and Rebekah (Roberts) Hawkins were the matriarchs of the Bond and Hawkins families, each of them trekking thousands [...]

My Common Ancestor with the Wright Brothers

My Common Ancestor with the Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers Milton Wright and Susan Catharine Koerner met at Hartsville College in Hartsville, Indiana in 1853, one of the first coeducational institutions in the United States. They shared a love of learning for the sake of learning, but when Milton asked Susan to accompany him on an assignment by the Church of the [...]

My Musical DNA

My Musical DNA

Based on my research, my roots aren't very musical: I have a great-great-grandmother who sang opera and one distant cousin who played almost every instrument in existence, but that's the extent of my family's talent. AncestryDNA has teamed up with Spotify to create "Heritage Playlists: The Unique Sound of Your Ancestry" for their customers, and while [...]