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.
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 4: I’d Like to Meet…
Richard E. Byrd, my sixth cousin, 3 times removed,
was a famous aviator, in 1929 he flew to the South Pole.
His story inspired me when I was young.
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 3: Unusual Name
The surnames in my tree are typical of common western European names.
However, the name that is unusual among these names is MY surname: LaFara.
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 2: Challenge
So much about genealogy research is a challenge, perhaps the most
common challenge is the ‘brick wall,’ meet Sarah Smith. 18?? – 1846
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 1: First
When I think ‘First’, as it relates to genealogy,
I think of my first ancestor to arrive in North America,
Samuel Jordan, 1575-1623.
A brief biography of my great grandfather, David Louis Osborne, 1847-1942, highlighting his time as a Union soldier with the 83rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War.read more
A handwritten letter from Sarah Tucker Lafary to the then president of the United States, Grover Cleveland. It was her last appeal for a War of 1812 pension, sadly the pension was denied. The letter gives a glimpse of a woman who had no formal education, a poor farmers wife, then widow, mother of nine, she probably just wanted some independence through an income of her own.read more