2019 Meeting of the Board

My newsletters have become my boardroom. Welcome to the board!

November Newsletter

I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna get over that perfection paralysis.

Let’s get this Story Started

I have been told by one of her great-grandchildren that Mary Davis Skeen could not read or write, so she could not have written her own memoirs. Therefore, your knowledgeable input is the most valuable resource I have, especially if you are related to any of the players in Mary's story.

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

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

. . . 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.

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

Updates and Ready for the New Year

Most of my followers read my blog for just one reason: to find information regarding their own family history. This post is simply to update you on my situation and when you can expect to hear more about the family history interests that brought you to me in the first place. Since my post regarding … Continue reading Updates and Ready for the New Year

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?

What Happened to the Skeen Family?

History has not treated polygamous wives kindly--especially those who were not the first wives.