I Am Not a Crook, But I Am Your Cousin

I am Not a Crook, But I am Your Cousin … Finding the Unexpected When You Least Expect it While doing routine ancestry research one day on my own family tree, I discovered a rather significant and totally unexpected family connection on my mother’s side with the Quaker tradition. In doing so I also came […]

The Begatin’ Man

The movie Inherit the Wind is a fictionalized rendering of the Scopes Monkey trial held in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925. In real life, John Thomas Scopes was a Dayton teacher charged with the crime of teaching evolution in the public schools. The trial was deliberately staged in order to create publicity and in that regard […]

Just Who Was James Dudymott?

Most of my family tree branches go back several hundred years. The oldest person recorded so far is my 17th great-grandfather Roger de Carruthers, 1st Laird of Holmains, born in 1345 in Holmains, Dumfrieshire, Scotland. The Carruthers line extends all the way down to my great-grandmother Mary Alma Carothers and then joins up with the Penroses. […]

My Parents and Grandparents

Actually, none of the people in the photo were parents or grandparents of mine. If I were to print out my entire family tree it would take roughly 525 pages and  it would not be amenable to the almost daily changes that occur through editing, corrections, additions, deletions, and the like. Enter the good folks at WikiTree, some […]