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.

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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

Chicago, Ill, cousins, Daniel, Honolulu, HI, Kubiak, Kwiatkowski, Olean, New York, Yee

Family Xenophobia

Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the first official observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day as a national holiday in the United States, and on this day I felt it important to tell the stories of "othering" in our own personal family trees. Before I get started, let me make a disclaimer. In no… Continue reading Family Xenophobia

Daniel, Davies/Davis, Jordan, Kwiatkowski, Olean, New York, painted hills, Pennsylvania, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria, Potter County Pennsylvania, Skeen, Wikoff, Wyckoff combine with Wyckoff

Life Gets in the Way

The hardest part of telling the stories of dead people is that it requires a living person to do it.  But sometimes life gets in the way, and that is what is going on with me right now. In fact, I had a plan way back in November, and I was well on the way to… Continue reading Life Gets in the Way

Cousin Connection Project, cousins, genealogy, Honolulu, HI, Kwiatkowski, Olean, New York

Cousin Connection #6: Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year!)

Aloha, Olean Kwiatkowskis! This marks the last of the Kwiatkowski Cousin Connections for a while. Time to focus on other branches of the family tree, especially Rothsprack; I'm completely stumped on that one. But first, let me introduce you to my Hawaiian cousins. I've got plenty of them, thanks to a cousin named Leo (or Leon,… Continue reading Cousin Connection #6: Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year!)

Abeles, Daniel, genealogy, Josephine Daniel Rothsprack, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria, Ruth Contreras

A Great Miracle Happened Here

Shalom and Hanukkah Sameach!  Hanukkah 2017 begins this evening.  And because I do identify as Jewish by virtue of my ancestral birthright, we find no problem with fitting it in among our celebrations of the season. Being Jewish has everything to do with my passion for Family History. I grew up knowing that my grandmother… Continue reading A Great Miracle Happened Here