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

Helena Cecelia Larsen and Ephraim Anton Holst

So far my posts for the #52ancestors challenge have been tributes to people that I knew before their death and less about family history research. Well, this week’s prompt, “In the Census,” has plunged me into the work of learning how to piece together clues from records. This inevitably leads to mysteries. This post is … More Helena Cecelia Larsen and Ephraim Anton Holst