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 …

Right Space… Right Time

I finally did it! Yep. It’s been almost two years since I began thinking about starting a genealogy blog and today I am finally plunging into this modern dimension of expression. Why did it take me so long? Well… I am the type of person who does a lot of research into unfamiliar topics before making decisions about them. My research is then followed by what some people would call geologically-long time periods of careful contemplation which finally Read More …