Author Archives: Rachelle

52 Ancestors: Week 9 – Where there is a will, there is usually a revelation…

You can tell a lot about a person from their will when it is combined with other genealogical documents. When someone makes a will, they have the chance to express their feelings about their family and friends. Sometimes it is … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors Week 5: Census – My Most Unusual Census Record and the Eloise Asylum

A few years ago I read the memoir Annie’s Ghost by Steve Luxenberg. It begins with the death of Luxenberg’s mother and finding out that he and his siblings were now responsible for the grave site of an aunt he never … Continue reading

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52 in 52 – Week 3 Longevity: Mary Dorthea Knorr Mattson (1856-1958)

Longevity is not just about living a long time, but it also implies perseverance and resilience. One doesn’t just have a body that survives through many years, but it must have a spirit that sustains through difficulties, deaths, betrayals and … Continue reading

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52 in 52: Week 2 – Photo: Robert Downey Kemp (1918-1992)

Oh, it is so difficult to choose a single perfect photo! But, I decided that I should honor my step-Grandfather, Robert Downey Kemp. I love this photo of him taken during WWII when he was stationed in the South Pacific … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week One – “Start” – Richard Joy (1940-2007)

Ironically, the person who finally got me to start researching my family history was not related to me biologically. When my step-father (who adopted me when I was 10) died in 2007 at the age of 67, I realized how … Continue reading

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Free State of Jones: The Turner Family Part II

Genealogy is a lot like assembling a puzzle, we get pieces in no particular order sometimes so slowly that it can take a long time to create any semblance of a picture. Census records are like the edge pieces, giving … Continue reading

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Free State of Jones: Neighbors, Associates or Family? Part I

I was in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City 9 years ago browsing through the county sections of each state my ancestors had lived. I know this isn’t the best way to do research, but even with more … Continue reading

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