Another Year Gone By…

Another Year Gone By…

It's the last week of 52 Ancestors posts for the year, and we've been tasked with sharing our genealogy resolutions. I've never made a New Year's resolution--odd, I know, but my family hasn't kept this tradition over the years. More often than not, we seem to trudge through our day-to-day responsibilities, making an informal resolution [...]

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 [...]

Applegate Origins Part IV: Christina Applegate

Applegate Origins Part IV: Christina Applegate

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV When Christina Applegate's father was 8 years old, his paternal grandmother informed him over breakfast one morning that his mother had been beaten to death outside of a bar the night before. An unimaginable thing to share with a child for many reasons, the [...]

Applegate Origins Part III: Wendell Applegate

Applegate Origins Part III: Wendell Applegate

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Wendell Frank Applegate was born on January 10, 1924 in Lewis Co., Kentucky to Alfred Glenn and Opal (Latham) Applegate. He had three siblings--Rosetta Grace (b. 1918), Joseph Oran (b. 1921) and Alice Gertrude (b. 1926)--and the family rented a farm on Old District [...]