Caroline Smart Smith Skeen, cemeteries, graveyard, Mary Davis Skeen, Plain City, Utah Cemetery, Untold Stories, William Dolby Skeen

In 1870, Something Happened Here

Preface to The Second Wife's Story (a biography) There is a sign hanging in my mother's laundry room. It says, "On this site in 1897 nothing happened." But who knows if that's actually true? Who's to say nothing happened on that site. Right there. You know, on that very spot right next to the washing… Continue reading In 1870, Something Happened Here

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Davies/Davis, Holocaust, Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague, Plain City, Utah Cemetery, Skeen

A Tale of Two Cemeteries

Too many years ago I wrote an essay. I wasn't really doing it just for fun, but I can honestly say it was the most rewarding essay I've ever written (for school, that is). That essay, titled Untold Stories, won second place in a department contest and put me on a journey of discovery that… Continue reading A Tale of Two Cemeteries

Family History Conference, Northern Kentucky

Northern Kentucky Family History Conference 2018

Price: FREE (includes lunch) Saturday, October 27, 2018 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 9:00-Conference Opens 9:15-9:30-Welcome (Chapel) Forget Me Not Chris Ault, Counselor Family History Center & Family History Conference 9:30-10:30-Keynote Presentation (Chapel) The Family Archivist, Preserving Your Heritage  Cheri J Daniels, Keynote Speaker 10:35-11:30-Sessions Room 103- Get to the Root of… Continue reading Northern Kentucky Family History Conference 2018

Ashkenazim, cemeteries, Holocaust, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria

Dead Nations Rising One Citizen at a Time

This year's cemetery month begins with graveyard poetry. For today's post, I begin with the end: the final stanza of The Jewish Cemetery at Newport by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem was first published 160 years ago, in 1858, and contemplated an abandoned Jewish graveyard established nearly 200 years previously in 1677. Among Longfellow's contemplation, he… Continue reading Dead Nations Rising One Citizen at a Time

Abeles, Damron, Daniel, Kentucky, Mary Davis Skeen, Olean, New York, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria, Plain City, Utah, Ruth Contreras, William Dolby Skeen

. . . and I’m back.

Over the summer, Stories From the Past was never far from my mind. In fact, I felt a lot of anxiety over no posts, but between two grandkids and a broken PC (I have six grandkids but two were staying with me), my ability to blog was reduced to bits and snatches of time with… Continue reading . . . and I’m back.

Davies/Davis, Mary Davis Skeen, Skeen

Training, Caffeine, and Jon Morrow

Oh. My. Goodness. Did I manage to slip through all of February with no blog posts? Looks like it. Pleeeeease forgive me, and consider this my autobiographical post for February (since today would be the thirtieth if we were in any other month of the year). I'm not making excuses. You and your ancestors have… Continue reading Training, Caffeine, and Jon Morrow

Cousin Connection Project, genealogy, Untold Stories

Light Housekeeping Before Major Renovation

January is the season for it. I made some cosmetic changes to StoriesFromThePast last year. I changed my background, and experimented with new designs, but as readership increased and I began making new connections, the potential of this project became clear. I was connected with readers in unexpected ways, and by the end of the… Continue reading Light Housekeeping Before Major Renovation