My Common Ancestor with General Nathanael Greene

My Common Ancestor with General Nathanael Greene

General Nathanael Greene A few days ago, I shared the story of my Beals ancestors' involvement in the aftermath of the Battle of New Garden during the Revolutionary War. Thomas and Sarah (Antrim) Beals--both prominent Quakers in North Carolina--adhered to a strictly-pacifist interpretation of the Christian faith, but after the fighting had ended, the Beals [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]