Familiar Last Names

My poor neglected blog has resurfaced as I sit home immobilized by the flu. So, sometimes in doing Ancestry research, I come across a last name that I know I’ve seen before. Now generally, that’s not something you want to happen. Not enough branches in the family tree, and whatnot. I’ve attached a picture of … More Familiar Last Names

Ancestry Sunday Week 8- Multigenerational Families

  This week’s Ancestry Sunday post is about multigenerational families. Multigenerational families include grandparents living with grown children, grown children returning home, and children living with grandparents.  Each of these has waxed and waned in popularity.  A century ago, grandparents living with grown children and their families was the most common type.  Families tended to … More Ancestry Sunday Week 8- Multigenerational Families

Ancestry Sunday Week 7- Death in Childbirth

Sometimes in Ancestry research, you find unsavory details that remind you just what kind of mindset people had back in the day.  All we can do now is learn from this and improve our own worldview. Angie Ellen Horn was the wife of the brother-in-law of my great-great-aunt.  Basically, her husband’s brother was married to … More Ancestry Sunday Week 7- Death in Childbirth

Ancestry Sunday Week 6- Common vs. Uncommon Names

This week’s Ancestry Sunday post is about common vs. uncommon names.  Sometimes on Ancestry, the research is already done.  You can see other people’s family trees and save the information to your own tree.  I still try to verify anything that I have found with actual first-hand documents, though.  But sometimes, no one has done … More Ancestry Sunday Week 6- Common vs. Uncommon Names

Ancestry Sunday Week 5- Americanization of Names

This week’s Ancestry Sunday post is about the Americanization of names when immigrating to the US.  Lots of people’s names in the US were not the same as they started out as in the “old country.”  Sometimes this was due to an error at Ellis Island (or whatever immigration point they arrived at).  The pronunciations … More Ancestry Sunday Week 5- Americanization of Names