Like millions of Americans, I have been fascinated by the American Civil War era since I was a kid. I wrote a term paper about the U.S. Naval involvement in the War when I was a sophomore in high school. Reading Shelby Foote’s books about the Civil War is fun for me. And who can […]
On July 2nd of this year I set out for Virginia for the funeral of my second cousin (blog post about her here). Although it was a sad occasion, it did afford me the opportunity to visit my Virginia family and some ancestral sites again. I get an amazing feeling of peace and belonging when I’m […]
With my husband and son, as well as camera, camcorder, cassette recorder, and laptop loaded in the van, off we went to meet, for the first time, my Dad’s Uncle James in Virginia in August, 1996. The drive would take fully a day and a half. I was both nervous and excited, having never done […]
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After contacting my Great Uncle James in Virginia, I received a letter from him dated Sunday, July 21, 1996. My head was spinning already. All I kept thinking was, “Holy crap. How did I not know any of this?” Taking one small step of writing a letter was about to lead me on a long path […]
Before I continue on with my family ancestry in Virginia (refer to Deep Roots), I want to share a little about my parents. My father was born in July, 1926, in Bradbury Heights, Maryland. His parents divorced and Dad grew up knowing little of his father. By the time he was 18 years old, both his […]
Looking back now, I don’t recall exactly what triggered an almost overwhelming desire to dig into my family roots. It was 1996, and I was 41 years old. It certainly wasn’t because I felt I had drawn the short straw on family members. I’m one of eleven siblings. My mother and father had three children – I […]