Weekend Photo Hunt ((portrait & skies) Since part of last week photo hunt theme was selfie so close to portrait. So I decided di

  PAPER and or SUNSET will be next weekend themesSince part of last week photo hunt theme was selfie so close to ...more

John ap Evan (John Bevan) of Wales

John Bevan was the 12th great grandfather to my children.He was born 1646 in Treverigg, Llantrisant, Glamorgan, Wales, and was one of five children of Evan ap John (1600-1665) and his wife Jane ferch Richard (born 1645).According to “Merion in the Welsh Tract”, the Bevan “family of Treverigg was one of the most ancient in Glamorgan, and possessed considerable wealth for that day. The Bevans descended in the direct male line from the ancient Princes or Lords of Glamorgan, whose lineage is traceable for many generations back to the old Cymric Kings of the Island of Britain.”...more

Aging Gracefully

Daily Prompt: Young At Heart by Krista on March 22, 2014NaBloPoMo – BlogHerWhat are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older?~~~~~~~~It seems to me, I have aged forty-years during the last twenty-years. Life has been hard; with lot’s of lessons to be learned. When my girls left home, I had a small identity crisis. No longer was I ‘mom’ or ‘mommy’ all day long; seven days a week. I found myself with a lot of time on my hands and an empty stillness which I turned into meditation....more

Why I'm the Keeper of the Family Pictures

 By default, I’m the keeper of family junk that nobody else wants—boxes of  Kodak Brownie snapshots from my grandparent’s 1938 driving trip to Colorado, 35 mm slides of my brother and I everywhere from Yellowstone to Cape Cod, hundreds of photos of our own child, and stacks of fading portraits from different generations....more

What to do about Hattie?

I could really use some ideas and feedback on how to deal with my great aunt Hattie....more

Coming face to face with history

As a teenager and then college student, I was a prolific letter writer. I loved foreign languages, and letter writing was a practical way to broaden my horizons, bring academic teachings to life, and indulge my enquiring mind. ...more

Genealogy Proved The Truth - Correcting False Truths

I felt the impression to get a little personal in this entry because of my struggles with the "false truths" in my own family. There were a lot of details in my Family History that didn't quite add up....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