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Count Your Blessings

  There was a day when the only thing I had to care for was my ’75 red Mustang. One husband, four kids, and ten grandchildren later – my life is MORE. More complicated. More laughter. More tears. More joy. More pain. More people. More problems. More to pray for. More to love. Just MORE….

Fall Is In The Air

Mammoth has been our family’s favorite vacation spot since the children were little. This year we were able to bring my daughter, Ashely, and her family along to experience the beauty of fall in the Eastern Sierras. The golden aspen provided a beautiful backdrop for photographs. While the boys went fishing, we girls headed out…

Irvine Mariners Farmers Market

My daughter, Ashley, and I headed out early this morning to the Irvine Farmers Market at Mariners Church, corner of Bonita Canyon & Turtle Ridge Road. The hours are posted as 8am – 12 noon (Rain or Shine). If you want from “farm to table” for your family – this is the place to go. There…

New Mexico Sunsets

From the rising of the sun to its going down, The Lord’s name is to be praised. Psalm 113:3 Ron and I recently had the chance to visit our son and his family in New Mexico. We were enchanted with the beautiful sunsets. We took advantage of the stunning backdrop to photograph us, along with…

“Lord Willing and The Creek Don’t Rise”

Lord willing and the creek don’t rise,” was something that my Great-grandma Sadie often said. When you are raised in the Ozarks of Missouri, life and travel often depended on the water level of the creek.          Sarah Ann Silvey 1880-1970

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…

Finding Family with DNA

Looking for family – I’m a big fan of – because you can link your DNA to a family tree. It’s very helpful to upload your DNA to more than one site – to find matches. I recommended downloading your raw DNA – and uploading it to:  –  Free FamilyTreeDNA – Free for a…

Ancestry DNA – Finding Your Past with DNA

In 1937, when Stella Miller got pregnant, she was sent to the Florence Crittenton home for unwed mothers in Denver, Colorado. The following summer my father was born. 78 years after being adopted from an orphanage, we were able to find the family of his birth father through DNA. You can order a DNA kit…

Tonya Ruiz


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