Luck of the Irish

I have been entrenched in Irish family history. My husband and I are visiting the Emerald Island this Spring and are carefully climbing every Irish branch of our family tree. My branches are concentrated in the north and in the south. The farmers, a rebel, and women of great courage came from two northern counties, Antrim and …

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Good Man, Kind Friend, and True Christian

As I research my ancestors and their families, I find myself sometimes wondering, if I knew the person in life, "what would I think of them? Would we like one another?" I like to think that for the most part we would, especially when I can pull together a pretty good picture of someone from …

Virtue Names

The prompt for 52 Ancestors this week is Thankful. Of course this week is Thanksgiving in the United States. There is a lot of things to be thankful for: family, friends, a place to sleep, food, technological advances that allow for genealogy to be done from the comfort of my home, among other blessings. But it's …

Chasing a Pig

The prompt for 52 Ancestors this week is Random Fact.My mom tells me that her mom had a huge scar on her left knee below her kneecap. The scar was about an inch and half wide and an inch high. It was pink and wrinkly with scar tissue.How she got the scar is an amusing story. …

Novembeard

This week's topic for 52 Ancestors is Bearded. I immediately thought of this guy... This is Julius Franklin Carne DuPre, more commonly known as JFC DuPre. He is my 2nd great-grandfather. I wonder how many Novembers it took for him to grow his snowy-white beard.