I'm hearing the melody of the Rolling Stones' As Tears Go By.  I don't know why.  Songs come to me much as words do - from out of the blue.  I'm singing the first line, It is the evening of the day.  And it is the evening of the day but I'm not shedding tears....more
marisab Yes words are lovely.  I remember a line or snatches not the whole song.  Thanks for ...more


Do you research your family? I have been researching my family for years. It is easy to get started. In fact when I first started there was no internet to offer assistance. I only knew stories that my family told me. Fascinating stories were told around the table, and especially at family reunions. I think every year the stories grew into taller tales. ...more

Top 7 Tips for Finding Old Photos of Ancestors

Okay, I can't bottle my excitement any longer. Portraits DO exist, and my 6 year search is over. Presenting... George Washington BURNES, & Sarah Walker BURNES my Great, Great, Great Grandparents. 13 children, married 55 years, Christian, 700 acre farm, Hope Indiana, Norristown Cemetery....more

Dear Miss Minnie

     This is the image I created for my "Dear Miss Minnie" postings.  As the new studio will also be for writing endeavors, I hope to be able to post more pictures of cards, invoices, catalog items and much more from my treasure trove of Miss Minnie's life. I hope to get back to transcribing the letters very soon so stayed tuned!  ...more

Dear Miss Minnie

Finished the last of the handful of letters that I had taken out from the large collection of correspondence addressed to our Miss Minnie.   The last was from her suitor, J.H....more

The Best Gift I Never Got

I had a "real"-ish post planned for today--something sparked in part by something I read on one of the blogs on our little corner of the Internet. Fridays are one of my days off so I figured I had all day to work on it and get it "just so," instead of starting in the morning and then rushing home after work to finish it up in time to post three minutes before midnight and then spend two days editing the typos out of the post (as I did most of the rest of this week). ...more

Weaving the past, creating the future

When I was a little girl, I was fascinated with the mystery of the world gone by, spending hours in search of relics from the past. I looked through the attic for old letters and photographs, I searched the basement for hidden passageways, I even looked for evidence in the old trees in our backyard. What secrets did those old trees hold? What would they tell me if they could speak?...more

Genealogy Calls: When Ancestors Beckon

Many of us ask about our ethnic heritage.  We wonder why we love travel, hate the wind, pine to speak Italian, or have to live by the sea. Who wrote it into our DNA? What language did they speak, where did they live? Am I Irish or Dutch or Jewish, or all 3? Are the family stories about great grandpa the judge, or great great grandmother the sea pirate true?...more
@anneisanne Annie I just saw your comment, if I may I would suggest you start researching what ...more

Our sacred stories

“Oral tradition in its ceremonial and ritual aspects rests on female power.”  (Paula Gunn Allen)...more