125th Anniversary of Annie Moore and Ellis Island

By |2018-09-22T17:20:39-04:00January 10th, 2017|Featured, History, Human Interest, Immigration|

On January 1, 1892, 17-year-old Annie Moore from Cork, Ireland became the first immigrant to ever arrive at Ellis Island, so both Annie and Ellis Island celebrated their 125th anniversary on January 1, 2017. Now is an especially relevant time to reflect on the Annie Moores in our own family trees – those pioneers who made a leap that so drastically altered the trajectories of their descendants’ lives for the better.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Revolutionary Ancestors

By |2018-09-22T17:20:43-04:00June 27th, 2016|Celebrities, Family History, Featured, History, Human Interest|

In climbing the branches of Lin-Manuel Miranda's family tree, I found myself following the trail of an early nineteenth century, interracial love story, peppered by war and rebellion, all interwoven with a decades-long struggle to outrun slavery that began in Virginia and ultimately unfolded under a handful of flags even though most of it occurred in one place – Nacogdoches.