Welcome to Family Finds

An Adventure in Genealogy

In addition to stories about my ancestors, I share tips for conducting online family history research.  Genealogy is a great past time, join me on my journey to uncover and document my ancestors lives.

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Genealogy Brick Walls

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 14: Brick Wall
We all have a brick wall, that one ancestor who defies all research.
I decided I would work at my brick walls by generation,
I broke through the last of my 3rd great grandparent brick walls,
now I am working on 4th great grandparents.

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In The Paper

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 13: In The Paper
It’s fun to find articles in the paper mentioning one of my relatives.
Mostly they are birth, marriage, divorce and death events.
But, it’s the oddball articles in the papers I like the most.

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John Rogers: 12

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 12: Twelve
John Rogers is one of my 12th great grandparents, of which we all have 16,384.
What made him remarkable enough to leave a record 450 years after his death?
I admit my shock to discover an ancestor with the moniker “The Martyr”

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George Lafary and Catherine Landon: Large Family

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 11: Large Family
My great-great grandparents, George Lafary and Catherine Landon, had a relatively small family,
three of their six children survived to adulthood. However, they both came from large families
of nine siblings and nearly all survived to marry and have children.

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Conrad Rumple: Bachelor Uncle

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 10: Bachelor Uncle
My uncles are the marrying kind, sometimes more than once!
I had to go back four generations for a bachelor uncle, my great-great-great uncle Conrad Rumple, 1833-1911.
Conrad was an older brother to my great-great grandfather on my matrilineal line, William Rumple, 1839-1912.

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Rumple Family Photo 1895

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 8: Family Photo
For all of us who are procrastinating about labeling photos I have one thing to say,
“Be considerate of the genealogist of the future!” My maternal grandmother was very
good about labeling old family photos, and there is one in particular I found very informative.

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