Twelve Generations to Tristram

Twelve Generations to Tristram

This week's 52 Ancestors prompt is "Twelve," and instead of highlighting a relative with twelve children or an ancestor with twelve siblings, I decided to trace my family tree back twelve generations to one of my 10th great-grandparents. If you follow my paternal line of Cook ancestors--winding from my great-grandmother Fern through a handful of [...]

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 [...]

DNA Connections to Pomerania

DNA Connections to Pomerania

With surnames like Marczynski, Zielinski, Gostomski and Kuznicki in my family tree, I'm undeniably Polish. My great-great-grandparents, Mikołaj Kuznicki and Wiktorya Drag, left Galicia for Dunkirk, New York in their early twenties, and the Zielinski's, Gostomski's and Marczynski's all arrived at Ellis Island in 1900. Some of my ancestors started working in the coal mines [...]

Mayflower Ancestors

Mayflower Ancestors

What I love most about genealogy is chasing a story: searching through forgotten archives, connecting with distant cousins and sharing family photos and favorite memories. I love adding up the small details--newspaper clippings and pension applications, journal entries and land purchases--to write the story of my family tree. When I first started researching my genealogy, [...]