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

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

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

Our 2017 in Summary

This year I am participating in a challenge called 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Each week I get a writing prompt emailed to me to help me explore my family history. This week’s prompt is “Start,” which means I should talk about myself. Rather than give a life history or ramble on and on about … More Our 2017 in Summary

“Ask the Bishop”: Why We Met With Our Bishop When We Didn’t Need Help

When Brandon and I were first married Brandon had trouble sleeping. He had been having trouble sleeping since about 9th grade. Of course, now that he had a new wife, his trouble sleeping became my trouble sleeping. Something had to be done. We had a number of theories about the cause of his sleep troubles and finally he … More “Ask the Bishop”: Why We Met With Our Bishop When We Didn’t Need Help