Deep Roots (Part 6) – Home, Sweet Home

Homes that have been in a family for generations are precious things, in my opinion. They should be cherished and preserved for future generations whenever possible. Too often these days, most families can’t afford to keep these grand old homes; they sell and move on. And sometimes these homes are abandoned and not properly maintained […]

Deep Roots – Old Homestead & Cemetery (Part 5 in a series)

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 […]

Deep Roots – Stepping Back in Time (Part 4 in a Series)

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 […]

Deep Roots (Part 2 in a Series)

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 […]