#52ancestors Week 3 – Long Line This week the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks prompt is Long Line. For my ancestor this […]
The strange death of Rebecca Cornell. Did Thomas Cornell, II murder his mother to obtain ownership of her land or was he the victim of odd circumstances.
Monday is all about honoring female ancestors who showed strength and perseverance in the face of adversity. Today’s Matriarch is my […]
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 the least. The great thing about Mayflower passengers is that they are such a big topic of interest that they have been researched extensively. There are groups […]
The value of oral traditions and family lore in genealogical research
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. Virginia Osborn, also known as Jennie, or Mother Brown late in life, was likely born on Oct 15, 1839 in what was at the time Greenbrier County, […]