Sunshine Blogger Award

The Award As a genealogy blogger, I tell my ancestors’ stories; although I’ll sometimes share a memory I have with a particular ancestor, or reflect on a particular research find, I try to refrain from placing myself in the forefront of their stories. Ruth Blair–the brilliant writer and researcher behind HistorianRuby: An Historian’s Miscellany—nominated me … More Sunshine Blogger Award

Feeling Grateful

Back in May, I was a recent college graduate who started a genealogy blog in the midst of applying for teaching positions, moving out of an apartment and studying to take the Praxis. Life was hectic and stressful and confusing, and I needed to find a way to take my mind off of these competing … More Feeling Grateful

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 … More My Musical DNA

On Trains & Tolstoy

This past week, I’ve been re-reading Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina–one of my favorite novels. Anna’s and Vronsky’s ill-fated affair is framed by the coming-and-going of trains: they’re a symbol of their love, of ties to the “West” and, ultimately, of the tragedy at the novel’s conclusion. Trains were, in many ways, at the center of … More On Trains & Tolstoy