Category Archives: Finding Your Past

Skeletons In The Closet

Every family has a secret. Whispers from my husband’s family were about an Aunt who killed her husband with a baseball bat …. while he was sleeping. She was committed for life to a hospital for the insane. I’ll always wonder what he said to her before he fell asleep.

Everyone Has A Story

Francisca Rodela was born, lived, and died in Ysleta, Texas. 1889-1976  I’ve spent a lot of time researching to find the history of her family. Everyone has a story waiting to be told.  

Using Newspapers for Family Research

Old newspapers have a wealth of information when researching your families’ history. I have found obituaries, property notices, wedding announcements, and even photographs. The articles often have personal information you won’t find anywhere else.

I Hate Brick Walls

I hate brick walls. Let me rephrase that. I love historic brick and mortar masonry – but the proverbial brick walls that I run into in genealogy frustrate me. I have found that sometimes I have to change to another branch of the family tree and come back to my problem person. A little time…

All Things British

I love the Ancestry commercial where Kayle Merker, who though he was German, finds out he’s mostly Irish and trades in his Lederhosen for a kilt. I knew that my mom’s side of the family was from England, but since my dad was adopted, I had no idea what my ethnicity estimate would be. After…