Orphan Heirlooms

Genealogy Roundup, January 3

By |January 3rd, 2018|

In this week's Roundup: An ad from Ancestry featuring descendants of signers of the Declaration of Independence; two years of work and sifting through more than 5 meters of dirt and clay in a French farm field culminates in the return home of a WWII fighter pilot's remains; an article exploring the role stories, context and shared memories play in helping a family to prosper, and much more!

Genealogy Roundup, December 6

By |December 6th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: "There is a joy in receiving a letter in the post, a hidden gem: a piece of someone’s heart among the bills." Grandmas: riding on the wing of a bi-plane in flight and hanging out with Mercury-7 astronauts, plus lots of other cool grandparents; an orphan heirloom reunion, and lots more.

Genealogy Roundup, November 29

By |November 29th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: An orphan heirloom is returned to its family (did you know that in World War II there was such a thing as a Bible with a steel cover on it, meant to be worn in the left vest pocket as protection for the heart against bullets?). DNA testing makes the news again.

Genealogy Roundup, November 8

By |November 8th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: A beautiful, hand-sewn tribute to one woman's ancestry, a soldier is welcomed home 73 years after his death, two books to check out, an orphan heirloom rescue, good neighbors, a look inside New Zealand's Original 'Coffin Club', and lots more!

Genealogy Roundup, June 21

By |June 21st, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: A family tree that's both a work of art and of love, an orphan heirloom story, time capsule rooms to explore, and more.

Genealogy Roundup, April 26

By |April 26th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: thanks to tireless efforts by many, an orphan heirloom Bible is returned to its original family; tintype photography featured in a Milwaukee Hotel; the world's oldest woman; and more.

Genealogy Roundup, April 19

By |April 19th, 2017|

This week: In another orphan heirloom rescue, a wallet missing for 50 years is returned to the original owner's family; the story of our genes; UN files on the Holocaust to be opened and made searchable online, and much more!

Genealogy Roundup, March 22

By |March 22nd, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: A school assignment leads to the discovery of a WWII plane on the family farm, an orphan heirloom rescue, WDYTYA goodies, and much more.

Genealogy Roundup, March 8

By |March 8th, 2017|

This week: An orphaned heirloom returns to its roots, an app that will let you take a selfie with a deceased ancestor, an African American Colonel who has traced his family history back to 1634 and shared, "I needed to know my own family history to motivate me to do the things in my life. You need to know where you come from. This is something that I can pass onto my children and grandchildren," WDYTYA goodies, and much more!

Genealogy Roundup, February 8

By |February 8th, 2017|

This week: explore DNA travel, the George Peabody Library, a fun history mystery book, the story of the researcher who discovered and mapped out more than 3,000 burials of black people in nearly 30 cemeteries, most hidden in secluded woods near sugar cane fields, and more.