I grew up with my mother’s stories about our heritage…told in a caddywampus fashion usually while we were surrounded by boxes of photos and memorabilia…and always ending with the affirming statement that we came from “good pioneer stock”. A few years ago I hauled out the old family bible that belonged to my great grandparents along with the old clippings and photos that had been tucked away in odd boxes and began the business of building the family history. Little did I know with that simple gesture that I would begin a journey that would reveal centuries of unforgettable characters and their times.
Over the course of research…trudging through old pioneer cemeteries and pouring over archival records and networking with other genealogists and historians…I have not only built the family tree, but found a group of kindred spirits whom I call STCDNALFR (BFF is for Paris Hilton)…my text shorthand for shirt tail cousin- DNA lovin’- family researcher. We have had some interesting exchanges and while we spend our time in the dust of yesteryear, it’s good to hang out with living persons.
I have spent the last few years in email mode…sending research and stories to my family and fellow researchers…and receiving wonderful research and a story or two in return…and promising to establish this blog. And so it is time. Time to share the stories that come about from endless hours of reading old newspapers, reading archival documents, delving in family lore and local history and Sunday afternoons with my mother and her treasures. Time to share the notable characters that are not profiled in text books or whose statue stands in a city park. Time to share the characters who shaped their times and our future. These are their stories.
Author, Historian and Genealogical Researcher