History is Our Story, too

History classes bored me when I was young. They seemed too focused on battles, dates, and dry facts and names that meant nothing to me. Aside from those who interested me, such as Galileo Galilei, Henry XIII, Marie Curie, Abraham Lincoln, and Charles Lindbergh, most of the people in my history books had no seeming … Continue reading "History is Our Story, too"

It’s an Honor to Meet You…

(Originally published April 23, 2013, and updated June 1, 2018) I am a proud member of Geneabloggers Tribe, and before that a member of its predecessor,  Geneabloggers, Thomas MacEntee’s web-based group of family history writers and genealogists.  It includes over 3,000 members – that’s 3,000 blogs –  from all over the world.  I joined in 2012 … Continue reading "It’s an Honor to Meet You…"

He Gave Not Some, but All

John Francis Mattarocchia (1948 – 1969) I spent Memorial Day this year with my cousin, John. I came across him about eight months ago for the first time in the way distant cousins sometimes meet these days, on the Internet.   His name had just popped up, as names do, in the course of researching my … Continue reading "He Gave Not Some, but All"

Motivation Monday: Eight Years of Sharing Stories – and Here’s to Many More!

  Eight years…can it really be that long? My trusty Underwood typewriter, its ribbon now worn, keeps  me company as I write.  A gift from my great-aunt Detty, it once belonged to my great-grandfather Thomas McGinnis, who used it to write an autobiography of his adventures at sea. Actually, it’s eight years and two days…171 posts, and 30,959 page views.   … Continue reading "Motivation Monday: Eight Years of Sharing Stories – and Here’s to Many More!"

Follow Friday: Master Weaver

Yours truly comparing notes with Jacqi Stevens When you write about family history, it’s nice to read the work of others.  It refreshes your perspective, gives you insights you might not have had, and exposes you to different writing styles. It’s even more fun when you can meet the writers behind the works. This past … Continue reading "Follow Friday: Master Weaver"

Taking the Plunge

By Power_of_Words_by_Antonio_Litterio.jpg: Antonio Litterio derivative work: InverseHypercube (Power_of_Words_by_Antonio_Litterio.jpg) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons One of the wonderful things about writing a blog is discovering a wonderful community of people with similar interests and challenges.  In the case of a family history blog, there is a large and delightful community of fascinating, well-read, and articulate writers … Continue reading "Taking the Plunge"

Thankful Thursday: For All Our Saints

Remembering those who have gone before us Graveyard at All Saints Church, Burton-Dassett,  Warwickshire, England, where some of my husband’s ancestors are buried. At the Chancery of the Roman Catholic Diocese where I work there is a small chapel, and this morning many of us gathered there for Mass to observe the Solemnity of All Saints, known in other Christian … Continue reading "Thankful Thursday: For All Our Saints"