Which DNA Test is Best?

If you’re reading this article, congratulations. You’re a savvy shopper and you’re doing some research before purchasing a DNA test. You’ve come to the right place. The most common question I receive is asking which test is best to purchase. There is … Continue reading

Barbara Drechsel (1848-1930), The Kirsch House, Turtle Soup and Lace, 52 Ancestors #110

Barbara Drechsel’s story begins with a mystery. Who is this beautiful young woman?  Is it Barbara? Let this be a lesson – write on the back of every photograph you own, preferably in pencil – but do it one way … Continue reading

Nora Kirsch (1866-1949), Quilter Extraordinaire!, 52 Ancestors #92

Nora Kirsch on a motorcycle with 3 of her daughters, Eloise, Mildred, Nora and Edith, my grandmother.  These women were always up to some sort of mischief!  I come by it honestly!!! Nora, or actually, Elnora or Ellenora Kirsch lived … Continue reading

John Whitney Ferverda (1882-1962) and the Body in the Garage – 52 Ancestors #6

My grandfather’s name was John Whitney Ferverda.  I’ve always wondered about that middle name, with no idea where it came from.  It does not appear to be a family name. He was born on December 26, 1882 in Plain Township, … Continue reading

Ancestry’s New StoryScout: Be Cautious

This week, Ancestry did three things to users’ accounts: Deleted 6-7.9 (inclusive) cM matches Deleted message folders Added a new feature, StoryScout What is StoryScout? StoryScout sniffs out various records and weaves them into a story, supposedly about YOUR ancestor. … Continue reading

Pandemic Journal: The Influence of the Great Depression and How It’s Saving Us Right Now

The metamorphosis is now complete. I swear, I’ve now officially become my mother. Mom doesn’t just “come out of my mouth” on occasion. No, I’ve become her – well except that I’ll never fit into her literal clothes. In spite … Continue reading