brick walls, genealogy tips, organization, patronymics, places, Wales

Keeping Up With the (Benjamin) Joneses

How to organize your files when ancestors share the same given name for several generations.

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

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

Chicago, Ill, Cousin Connection Project, cousins, genealogy, Mexico

Cousin Connection #5: Family Lost and Found

In honor of Mexico's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which officially begins at midnight, November's Cousin Connection comes one day early. Coinciding with the the Catholic All Saints Day, and incorporating garish costumes resembling skeletons, Dia de los Muertos is not Mexican Halloween, but a much more elaborate version of Memorial Day in… Continue reading Cousin Connection #5: Family Lost and Found

Family History Conference, genealogy, genealogy tips, Northern Kentucky, Untold Stories

Northern Kentucky Family History Conference

FREE Saturday, October 28, 2017 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM You can scan and send your registration form to Shirlene or Karin at the corresponding email address in the image directly above and on the left. See you there!

Cousin Connection Project, customs and traditions, genealogy, Kwiatkowski, Recipe

Cousin Connection #3: John Woodgie

The Duck, The Whole Duck, and Nothing but the Duck Quack. But seriously, my New York cousins from my dad's generation are very Polish. I mean, many of them speak the language, and even if they don't, they know a few words here and there and even understand much of the Polish dialogue. Even my father, who… Continue reading Cousin Connection #3: John Woodgie

Cousin Connection Project, cousins, genealogy, Mary Davis Skeen, Skeen, Wikoff, Wyckoff, Wyckoff combine with Wyckoff, Wykoff

Are You My Cousin?

Stories From the Past is proud to present The Cousin Connection Project. I grew up without cousins. Well, I did have cousins. I knew I had cousins. I had even met three of them. But I didn't know them well, and I didn't even live in the same state as any of them. I was… Continue reading Are You My Cousin?

Baby Boomers, Berfield, Cousin Connection Project, cousins, genealogy, Generation X, painted hills, Pennsylvania, Sterling

Cousin Connection #2 My Cousin Married My Cousin

This isn't a William Faulkner novel, it's reality. It's also not like it sounds. When your family has deep roots in the same area where you were born and raised, it's bound to happen, and it doesn't take much digging to find family members marrying family members.  They probably don't even know they were doing… Continue reading Cousin Connection #2 My Cousin Married My Cousin

Bartram, Berfield, Cousin Connection Project, cousins, genealogy, Wyckoff

Places to Go and People to See

Four months ago, I began making plans to revive this blog. I began reorganizing my schedule, but just one week later, my plans were thwarted by the news that we were moving back across the country for my husband's job. He had about two weeks' notice, which meant he had to fly out and get started… Continue reading Places to Go and People to See