Obvious Mistakes in Book Promotion

Obvious Mistakes in Book Promotion

July 29, 2021 — I’m happy to report at 39 plus many, many years, I can still learn. The reason I still learn is that I still make mistakes. Allow me to elucidate. That’s a good example. The word elucidate should be avoided at all costs. The phrase avoided at all costs should be avoided […]

The Wishes of an Eccentric Billionaire

The Wishes of an Eccentric Billionaire

Flag Day 2021 — Strange times we’re in: cicadas eating plants, dogs eating cicadas, humans stepping on cicada carcasses, the world seemingly falling apart, the pandemic over or not?  What does one little book matter in the middle of all this?  It matters a great deal. History is important.  It’s how we learn when we […]

The Basement of the South Whitley Community Public Library

The Basement of the South Whitley Community Public Library

As a child, I spent much time with my maternal grandmother, LeNore Hoard Enz. One of her main interests was family history. “Grammy” kept pictures, documents, and objects from her pioneer past. She recorded interviews with pioneer farmers for the local library,  using something new called a cassette tape recorder. Several of the interviews have […]

Why Family History?

Why Family History?

The stories of my ancestors from my maternal grandmother piqued my interest. When she died in 1994, I became the keeper of the flame. Family members gave me materials, adding to my collection my grandmother (Grammy) had given me. The family stories are compelling and have been waiting for me to propel them into the […]

Did I Mention I'm Writing a Book?

Did I Mention I’m Writing a Book?

January 31, 2021—If you talked to me recently, you know I’m completely obsessed with living in the past. This work is the book I’ve wanted to write since I was a child. In 2019, I compiled letters my now 92-year-old aunt gave me; letters my grandfather wrote to my grandmother before they married  “Always Carl” […]

A Name Spelled Incorrectly

A Name Spelled Incorrectly

One of the mysteries in my family is what happened to my great-great-grand parents, the parents of my great-grandmother, the mother of my maternal grandfather. They likely came from Germany in the 1860s or early 1870s, though I cannot find them in the 1870 census. The couple had two daughters, the first, my great-grandmother. She […]

Every Family Has One

Every Family Has One

Studying family history is not for the faint of heart.  This morning I found these notes from another family tree about my third great-grandfather, and upon further research discovered multiple newspaper articles that described his suicide. The letter seemed to whitewash his dark side, while the newspaper left nothing untouched.  There were at least six […]

Dark Haired, Green-Eyed Researcher Seeks Sweets

Dark Haired, Green-Eyed Researcher Seeks Sweets

The media has, and rightly so for privacy and other reasons, cast aspersions on the relatively new industry of DNA analysis for family history. My husband and I took tests about five years ago and found that, in both cases, our report mirrored what we knew of our family background.  For me, it nearly mimicked […]

The Great Vastness of the Universe

The Great Vastness of the Universe

Earlier in the week I watched a documentary about Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Without Einstein, there is no Hawking. Without Einstein, we may have never understood the concept of time and space. Without Hawking, we would not understand the Big Bang theory. The TV show hosts used simple metaphors to explain the concepts of […]

Henry Kellis Hoard, Age 62

Henry Kellis Hoard, Age 62

When reviewing old documents and photographs, I’m generally not emotional. I’m not a cryer at all; it takes something huge to make the tears fall. When I cry I generally have an asthma attack, so I guess I’ve trained myself not to cry. The emotion of finding my great-grandfather’s death certificate caused huge tears to […]