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52 Ancestors: #11 --Annie Taylor Mitchell --The Heart Of A Family

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Nine times out of ten, it is the mother’s touch that makes a house a home. From tending to scraped knees, handling the wash, or cooking the meals, the way in which this is done will set the tone, the rhythm, and the spirit of the household. If done wrong, it can bring about a lifetime of pain and wounded spirits. If done well, it’s influence will spread to generations. 
Annie…yes my Annie Taylor Mitchell, somewhere in my heart I know it was you with your kind spirit that set the tone, rhythm, and spirit of your family’s lives.  Although, you've been gone oh so many years, I can still hear the words of encouragement you whispered to your children. Your hopes are now part of our hopes and dreams for something better. Thank you seems too modest of a word to cast out to try to convey the depth of gratitude I feel in my heart for you. Your kindness and wisdom are part of my spirit now. I never met you, but I know you. I feel you. 

According to her tombstone, my maternal 3rd great grandmo…

Mortimer Mitchell's Neighbor Vine Allen Tolson --Part Three

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If you missed Parts One and Two, here are the links:
Mortimer Mitchell's Neighbor Vine Allen Tolson --Part One
Mortimer Mitchell's Neighbor Vine Allen Tolson --Part Two

Yeah, It's been like a month since I posted Part Two. I apologize for the delay. June quickly spun by. I had knee surgery at the beginning of the month which brought with it followup doctor's appointments and physical therapy. My kids finished school for the year and then we were quickly off to Cape Cod for a week of rest and relaxation. Then, I made a wonderful cousin connection thanks to the wonders of DNA. Next, the 4th of July was upon us.We had a little barbecue in our backyard. I've yet to post pictures from the day (Coming soon!) Lastly, I've spent a good chunk of time this month being Taxi Mom, shuttling my son to soccer camp and my daughter to gymnastics practice. Whoo! I'm pooped. No time for rest though. There's genealogy to do!

In Part Two, I shared a newspaper article that menti…

Cape Cod 2017

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The Genealogy Blog Party --Remember The Descendants: Passing Down The Stories.

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It's genealogy blog party time again! Elizabeth O'Neal of the My Descendants Ancestorsblog is back hosting and has provided this month's theme. If you aren't familiar with the blog party, please take time out to visit Elizabeth's blog for more information. 

This month's question is:

How Will You Preserve Your Family History Research For Your Descendants?

There's been a few things that I've been doing to preserve my research. I realized early on that I would have to turn all these bits of birth records, censuses, and various other records into something my descendants could relate to. Also, I had the oral history that was passed down to me from various relatives. Lastly, I wanted to record the excitement of discovery. You know that moment when you catch yourself gasping out loud because you found something out for the first time. All this had to be transformed into stories. The point of view of course was mine. 

So with all that in mind I started blogging. I…

Another DNA Cousin Connection! Woohoo! This Time Through My Paternal Line

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Which strand of DNA will lead me to you?


That's one of the questions that enters my mind as I review through my DNA connections on the various platforms I've tested with. Which strand of DNA is the one that connects us? A thread that links the past to the present.I find it all so mysterious and fascinating at the same time. 
Good news! I have two new DNA cousins and this time they are on my father's side of the family. In fact, these recent connections have finally cleared up the mystery behind the following document. 
Image courtesy of New York City Department of Records/Municipal Archives.
Marriage Certificate for Ollando Dix and Edna Smith
A couple of years ago, I wrote to the New York City Department of Records Municipal Archives to obtain a copy of my great grandmother Ella's marriage certificate. If you are new to my blog you can read more about that here. I also sent off for a copy of my paternal grandparents's marriage record. Their names were Ethel Smith and H…

More Vacation Pictures: The Florida Aquarium

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It's kind of funny that I'm posting pictures from our last family vacation while on our current vacation. Let's just say it's been a bit busy the last couple of months between school concerts, soccer games, gymnastics competitions, and oh yeah, I had knee surgery three weeks ago. It's nice to finally have time to slow down and take in these precious moments with the family. These pictures were from our trip to Florida back in April. We visited the The Florida Aquarium in Tampa and really enjoyed it.