in which I formally introduce myself to Blogging 101 folk

I'm an insatiable reader. I like to know things and I like to organize the things that I know. Combine those three facts and you can see why genealogy is an interest of mine. I've been researching my family off-and-on for 12 years now. I have broader interests that will probably come up from time to time (roller …

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Genealogical Fairygodmothers

Before I go on with my story about Thomas and his family, I should tell you about the surprise visitors my parents received back in the summer of 1993. I was a sophomore in college living across the state. During a routine phone conversation one day in June, my mom told me that some people were staying in the dead-end beside …

Shot By the Enemy

My third great grandfather, Thomas Wilson, was about 46 years old when he enlisted in the 24th Regiment of the New York Cavalry. The document above is a form the doctor had to fill out in order for Thomas to receive government money. In my possession, I have a dozen more of his claims for an Invalid Pension …

The Corsage

Start at the beginning of this story: Ties. Read Part 2 of this story: The Jitters. ++++++ PART 3 ++++++++ "Oh, Nelson, there you are," Minnie said, as if he'd been hiding from her all morning. She held out the corsage for him, and he took it. "Good morning, Mrs. Wilson." "I thought it would be nice …

The Jitters

The first chapter of this story can be found here: Ties. +++++ The sedan sputtered because of the series of divots the spring storms pounded into Potter Road. He'd need to check the suspension before setting off for Indiana later. But once Nelson had passed the Conoco station and turned left onto Dillon, he heard the …

Ties

Flushing, Michigan May 1934 Nelson remembered to slow down before he came up on the Wilson's house. He swerved between the patches of loose dirt to avoid kicking up dust. Starting this particular day out with dust on his clothes wouldn't bode well for what was to come. He drove his Ford dressed in his finest clothes—a …