Tag: Genealogy

When Your Cousin is an Axe Murderer

My Ancestors Were Boring… One of the things I enjoy most about genealogy is discovering the unexpected.  Family history can seem rather dull until you discover that first axe murderer hanging around the branches of the old family tree. Researching the lines connected to my Mayflower ancestor has turned up some interesting gems to say…

Wednesday is for Weddings

Weddings are a gift to the genealogist Marriage records are invaluable when performing pre-1850 genealogical research on female ancestors.  Prior to 1850 only heads of households were listed on the census.  Locating that elusive 200-year-old marriage record could make all the difference in the quest for great-great grandmother’s name. Here is a favorite wedding day…

Tombstone Tuesday

P.A. Shuck Cemetery White Oak Rd, Fayette County, WV For Tombstone Tuesday it seems only proper to begin with the place where my love for genealogy was born, the P.A. Shuck Cemetery.  The P.A. Shuck Cemetery gets its name from the man who set aside the land for the cemetery in his 1917 will[1], Perry…

Matriarch Monday

If fathers are the foundation on which a family is built then it’s the mothers that are the backbone which keep it standing.  History is full of strong matriarchs who kept the home fires burning through adversity and hardships.  Though they are frequently lost to history, matriarchs play a huge part in any families’ heritage.…