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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #25 The Bryant Family Home

Amy Johnson Crow, the author of the blog No Story Too Small, is the host of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt series. If you are not familiar with the project please click on the following link:  Announcing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition.

Week 25 (June 18-24) – The Old Homestead: Have you visited an ancestral home? Do you have photos of an old family house? Do you have homesteading ancestors?

I have visited and been inside the home that belonged to my maternal great grandparents, Frank and Ophelia Bryant. The house is located at 1400 Fisher St in Morehead City, NC. The land was initially purchased by Ophelia's parents Alexander Hamilton Jones and Rosa Mitchell Jones in the early 1900's. Ophelia and Frank married in 1911 and by 1920 were able to build the house they would raise 7 children in. This is that house.

1400 Fisher St, Morehead City, NC
Bryant Siblings 
There is something special about being in the spaces our ancestors once lived. It provides another level …

52 Ancestors 2018 Edition: Week #2 Favorite Family Photo

If you are not familiar with the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt series created by Amy Johnson Crow, check out her website. Here's the link:

The prompt this week is "Favorite Photo." Tell the story of the people, place, and event in a favorite photo. Where did the photo come from? Who has the original now? How did you get a copy of it?

I have many family photos that I treasure. Who can pick just one? Well for this post I had to do just that. To tie this in with my post from week #1, I chose a picture of my maternal grandmother and her siblings. Years ago, I scanned a ton of pictures from my mother's collection. This was one of them. 

Pictured from left to right:  Eloise, Loris, Ray, Mary, and Rosa
If you missed Week #1's prompt, click here.  Ophelia Jones Bryant of Morehead City NC was my maternal great grandmother. She married my great grandfather Frank Bryant in 1911 and together they had seven childre…

The Book Of Me 2018 Edition: Prompt 2 --What Do You Look Like?

For more information about The Book Of Me, Written By You project created by Julie Goucher of the Anglers Rest blog, please click here

So as I write this first paragraph here, I want to let you guys know that it is 9:16 pm. I was going to take a selfie and then I thought better of myself and decided to hold off until morning. Let's face it. I'm 45 and I know that means that I need lighting. Good natural lighting that is. I also, need a face that has had a good night's rest and a bit of make up. Definitely make up. Am I vain. No. Well maybe just a little. What I do know is that I am middle aged. Nowadays, I need some help to make things look like how I think I look in in my head. So I'm going to put this post on pause, until morning...

Okay this is me with good lighting, a full night's sleep, and a little make-up. Oh yeah, maybe a little soft focus on the camera and some minor retouch. You also have to know what's your best camera angle. 

You can check out what I w…

52 Ancestors 2018 Edition: Week #1 Ophelia Jones Bryant

Prompt for Week 1 "Start." Some ideas include starting with yourself or whoever the "home person" is on one of your family trees. Maybe you focus on the person who got you started in genealogy or the ancestor you wanted to find first. You could talk about a relative who started a business. 

I know I've already written about her many times on this blog. It just seemed fitting to start this year's 52 Ancestor Challenge with my maternal great grandmother Ophelia Jones Bryant. After all, she's who my genealogy journey began with.

You can learn about Ophelia in these posts

52 Ancestors --2015 Edition: #7 My Inspiration--Ophelia Jones Bryant 

Great Grandma Ophelia Went To Summer School 

This Came Monday And Of Course Now I Have More Questions 

Fearless Females Blog Post: Genealogy Trading Card For Ophelia Jones Bryant 

I didn't want to just rewrite statistics about Ophelia for this post. I wanted to include something new that I learned while brainstorming ideas …

The Book Of Me, Written By You: Prompt #1 --Who Are You?

For more information about The Book Of Me, Written By You project created by Julie Goucher of the Anglers Rest blog, please click here.

Who Am I?

... a mother
... a wife
... a lover
... hopeful about the future
... a realist
... a woman who is adjusting to her middle aged body.
... someone who loves to laugh.
... someone who lives with anxiety
... an introvert
... family historian
... a storyteller
... a cheerleader
... a daughter 
... a sister
... a Netflix junkie
... a music lover
... someone who is amazed and thankful for the wonderful people her children are becoming.
...a detective

I am enjoying the journey :)

Happy New Year Everyone!

My wish for everyone for the new year would be to spread love, peace and kindness to those around you.
For me personally, I'm going to make it a point to get back to blogging more consistently. I'm looking forward to participating in The Book of Me, Written By You project hosted by Julie Goucher of the Angler's Rest blog as well 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge hosted by Amy Johnson Crow over at
See you in the New Year :)

My Best Genealogy Find Of The Year Was...

This post is part of the Genealogy Blog Party hosted by Elizabeth O'Neal of the My Ancestors Descendants Blog. If you aren't familiar with the Genealogy Blog Party, be sure to visit her blog so you can learn more about it. 

This month Elizabeth O'Neal has two theme ideas for posting. The second is a Cookie Exchange where you can share your favorite holiday cookie recipes.I have to admit my family wasn't much into baking cookies during the holidays when I was kid. My family made pies. Perhaps, it's time to start a new tradition though. I am eager to see what recipes bloggers share as part of the blog party. 

Theme idea number one is to share what I consider to be my best genealogy find of the year. I would have to say my best genealogy find of the year has been connecting with DNA cousins.

DNA testing made it possible for me to confirm my Sampson County, NC roots through my great grandmother Ella Kerr Smith Dixon. You can learn more about my great grandmother Ella in t…

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all my readers a beautiful holiday  filled with love, light, and happiness!