Cecil Robert Kirby

Clearly I am a few weeks behind on the #52Ancestors challenge as I am just now writing about Father’s Day. I wrote about my father, Louis Albert Kirby, back in January, so this post is about the man he learned how to father from. Here’s the facts: Cecil Rober Kirby was born 16 December 1910 … More Cecil Robert Kirby

SFC Jack M Harris

  Here in America we are celebrating Memorial Day today. This holiday has its roots in the years following the American Civil War as a way to honor those who died in service of our country. I was not raised in a family with a strong military culture. (The prompt for #52ancestors is “military .”) … More SFC Jack M Harris

William Moroni Daines

Fittingly, the #52Ancestors prompt this week is Mother’s Day. I share with you a letter written by William Moroni Daines to his brothers and sisters (including Lydia Jemima Daines) about their mother, Jemima Seamons. This letter was written by William when he was 67 years old, 22 years after Jemima passed away. This letter was … More William Moroni Daines

Thomas Wright Kirby

Thomas Wright Kirby, my great-great grandfather (on my dad’s side), wrote an extensive autobiography. I read a good chunk of it a few weeks ago when I was trying to learn if Grandma Kirby’s house was his. I am determined to find out. In the mean time I am enjoying learning about him. In the … More Thomas Wright Kirby

Richard W. Jewell

This week’s #52Ancestors prompt, “Taxes” has been the most challenging prompt so far. But I have learned quite a bit. Until this week it had never occurred to me to use tax records in genealogical research. That means that in order to do the research I had to first research how to research. Family Tree … More Richard W. Jewell

Lydia Jemima Daines

It’s not easy to find a “Maiden Aunt”, the #52Ancestors prompt for this week, in my family tree. You see, we Mormons are marrying people. However, there are a few. There is no special reason why I chose to study the life of Lydia Jemima Daines. She is simply the first woman I found in … More Lydia Jemima Daines

The Kirby Family Home

Writing about “Grandma Kirby‘s house” is surprisingly difficult. Not emotionally. I have already mourned its loss. The home was sold out of our family in the early 2000s and was torn down in 2013. What makes it difficult is knowing what “facts” I remember are actually true. Between what my parents, my grandma, and my … More The Kirby Family Home

Mary Ann Barker

My last blog post was about my great-great grandmother, Jemima Seamons. She was the second wife of my great-great grandfather, Robert Daines. His first wife, Mary Ann Barker, has a tragic story, and is, as a result, the subject of this week’s #52ancestors post based on the prompt, “misfortune.” Below is the story of her … More Mary Ann Barker

Jemima Seamons

Was it luck? The #52ancestors prompt, “Lucky” lead me to find this story about the Feresmore Little company of pioneers traveling from Omaha, Nebraska to Salt Lake City, Utah. The company included my great-great grandparents, Jemima Seamons and Robert Daines. It was a small company, only consisting of nine men and two women. Most of … More Jemima Seamons

Rachel Ann Mayer

In honor of Women’s History Month the #52Ancestors prompt this week is “Strong Woman.” It is impossible to choose the strongest woman in a family, as strength comes in many forms. In contemporary American culture it is easy to focus on women who show their strength as they venture outside of traditional female roles. However, … More Rachel Ann Mayer