Tracing the life of William T Hughes

[Parents of William T Hughes – Part 2] Starting with what I know In order to begin tracing one’s ancestors, it is critical to always start “with what you know.” Right. Well, when I began tracing the life of William T Hughes (1821 – abt 1875), I didn’t know much. The few clues I had were based on his notation in my maternal grandmother’s family tree (see Image 1). From this single page of the family bible, Read More …

Some Gifts Just Keep on Giving

A Christmas surprise Last Christmas, our grandson received a very special gift from his great-aunt Trisha. She had made him a teddy bear that he calls, “Special Bear.” That name is perfect because his great-aunt had used family heirloom quilt tops to construct the bear (see Image 1). This is a story of how “Special Bear” came to be. But, it’s mostly the story of the fascinating woman, Kate Emeline Harrell, who originally hand-stitched the quilt tops Read More …

The Harrell Family and the Mehitibel Mess

My Harrell Family roots My husband will tell you that I have spent several hours every day during the past 2-3 weeks consumed with researching my Harrell Family line. He is correct that I have done little else during this time. It seemed that the more I browsed and read whatever I could find online about this family, the more confused I became. There were just too many family members with the same given names Read More …

I’m a Big Fan!

Baseball and ancestors For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a huge baseball fan. I love everything about “the national pastime” – playing the game, going to games, visiting stadiums, playing fantasy baseball, collecting memorabilia, etc. I enjoy the game so much that I used to list it as my only hobby. But that changed in 2014. Since then, I have also become a big fan of genealogy. Now, in addition to the various forms of my baseball addiction, I Read More …