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 [...]

Laona Cemetery

Laona Cemetery

This week's 52 Ancestors prompt is "At the Cemetery," and I've been at a loss for ideas. I considered writing about the most interesting tombstone in my family tree--my great-great-grandparents have a life-sized statue of the Virgin Mary and hidden photos of themselves--but I've shared that story here before. All of my local cemeteries have [...]

Amy’s Boys

Amy’s Boys

"The Bugle Calls" section of The Fredonia Censor took submissions from friends and family members regarding soldiers on the warfront during World War II Amy (Merrill) Horey published hundreds of articles on herself, her husband and her nine children--Kathryn Clara (b. 1908), Leota Jean (b. 1909), Vera Ethel (b. 1911), George Merrill (b. 1914), Kenneth [...]

Seeking $20,000 for Injuries Received in Auto Collision

Seeking $20,000 for Injuries Received in Auto Collision

Leon Horey, the son of Edward and Fannie (Barrow) Horey, and Amy Merrill, the daughter of William and Frances (Nelson) Merrill, were married on April 3, 1907 in Fredonia, New York; friends and family arranged a surprise party for the couple's 26th wedding anniversary in 1933, complete with card games and prizes (Amy's favorite game [...]

Maude’s Diary, 1948

Maude’s Diary, 1948

Maude's diary is 5 1/2 inches tall & 4 inches wide Maude Ora Merrill, the daughter of William Oliver Merrill and Frances Annabelle Nelson, was born in 1889 in Pomfret, New York. She and her older sisters--Celestia (b. 1881) and Amy (b. 1886)--were incredibly close (Maude was my great-grandmother's, Beatrice Maude Peterson's, namesake, after all), [...]