Family History, Genealogy

Deep Roots and Gnarled Branches: Telling Tales of our Dead

I love to do genealogy. I have traced my own family tree and those of friends interested in knowing. I search old newspapers looking for tidbits that might reveal something about my ancestors. Where did they come from? What were they like? Their history becomes a part of us. It determines where we are born… Continue reading Deep Roots and Gnarled Branches: Telling Tales of our Dead

Family History, Gardens, House and Home

Memories of Wetzel County: West Virginia Potatoes

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash One of my earliest memories is of walking through the garden behind my grandmother. In Wetzel County in the 1960s, a vegetable garden was a common sight in every backyard. "Hack" and "Gertie" grew tomatoes and peppers, squash and corn, and always a large patch of "Half Runner" green… Continue reading Memories of Wetzel County: West Virginia Potatoes

Family History

Hunting Your History On All Souls Day

November 2. All Soul’s Day. Another church adapted holiday with roots that stretch back to an ancient pagan festival. The Festival of the Dead celebrated the day loved ones were believed to return to eat a meal with their families. An extra place was set at the table and people placed a candle in the… Continue reading Hunting Your History On All Souls Day