52 Ancestors Posts · John Yetter · Yetter

52 Ancestors Week 7 Challenge: Valentine, a Yetter Love Story

I attribute my love for genealogy to my 2nd great grandfather on my dad’s paternal line, John Yetter. John captured my attention and drew me in. He made me want to find out more about him, and he “hooked” me on genealogy! It’s all his fault that I drive my friends crazy with talk of… Continue reading 52 Ancestors Week 7 Challenge: Valentine, a Yetter Love Story

52 Ancestors Posts · Anna Catherine Smith, Orphan Train Rider

52 Ancestor Week 6 Challenge: Favorite Name – Drum Roll….

This week’s theme for the 52 Ancestors 2018 challenge is to write about your favorite name in your family’s history. My favorite name….drum roll!!! It is my middle name, “Margaret.” I love this name because of its connection to my orphan train ancestor, Anna Catherine Smith Nally. You might be thinking, “Hold on, I do… Continue reading 52 Ancestor Week 6 Challenge: Favorite Name – Drum Roll….

52 Ancestors Posts · Anna Catherine Smith, Orphan Train Rider

52 Ancestors Week 5 – 1880 Census & My Orphan Train Rider Mystery

I wrote, previously, about my orphan train rider ancestor, Anna Catherine Smith. This week’s prompt from the 52 Ancestor Challenge is to write about an intriguing find we’ve made using a census record. Earlier this fall, I found a census record that could potentially show Anna Smith, as a child, with her parents in Brooklyn,… Continue reading 52 Ancestors Week 5 – 1880 Census & My Orphan Train Rider Mystery

52 Ancestors Posts · Anna Catherine Smith, Orphan Train Rider

52 Ancestors Week 4: Meet Anna Catherine Smith Nally, Orphan Train Rider (An Invite to Dinner)

It was difficult to choose which ancestor to write about for this topic, but I finally settled on my “orphan train” ancestor, Anna Catherine Smith Nally.  Since I started doing family history research in 1987, Anna has been that mysterious, elusive ancestor that I have many questions for. My dad and my aunt used to… Continue reading 52 Ancestors Week 4: Meet Anna Catherine Smith Nally, Orphan Train Rider (An Invite to Dinner)

52 Ancestors Posts · Boatwright · Bray

52 Ancestors Week 3: Longevity – Julia Delima Marcy Boatwright

When I think of longevity in my family tree, one of the first people that comes to my mind is Great Grandma Julia Delima Marcy Boatwright. She lived to be just a few months short of 102 years old. Three words that I would use to describe her are persevering, vivacious and hospitable. My great… Continue reading 52 Ancestors Week 3: Longevity – Julia Delima Marcy Boatwright