My love for genealogy was born in an old family cemetery so it seems only fitting that many of my blogs are about old cemeteries. Cemeteries are the one public place where I skip around like a kid in a candy store excited to see what is around the next bend. Even as a young kid, I was always quick to tag along while someone went to visit a loved one’s grave. I have climbed mountains, crossed the country, and trudged through snake-filled pastures to visit certain cemeteries. To me cemeteries are like a giant open-air genealogical archive.
Finally a Breakthrough? My Spence line has been a challenge. Going into my research on this line I had very little knowledge […]
Looking Closer As part of discovering my Spence family roots I dug deeper into the events of the world at the time trying to determine what records might exist to help me on my search. According to the records I have found my Spence forebears were in Ireland until sometime before 1853 when they migrated to Canada. Spence is an ancient Scottish name so it is probably safe to assume my forebears were Protestant Scots living in the Antrim area. Ireland in […]
Part One: Tearing Down Brick Walls Genealogy is like doing a puzzle after a two year old has played in the box. The pieces are all there but it’s no small chore trying to find them. Brick walls, or dead ends, are a part of any family tree. I think of them as that stray puzzle piece the two year old swallowed. It’s not gone but it will take serious digging to find it and it is not going to be […]