Category Archives: family history

Eighteenth-Century Burial at Sea

My sixth great grandmother was laid to rest in the Atlantic Ocean.  In 1739 Ann Marie Fitzpatrick Young and her husband John left Ireland aboard a ship destined for Baltimore. They were in their early twenties, and during the voyage … Continue reading

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My Occupational DNA: Washerwoman, Glover, and Cook

When I first grew interested in family history in the 1970s, it was easier to find information about male ancestors than the women in their lives. Fast forward to the 21st century and the advent of numerous digital projects making … Continue reading

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“The Quilter”

I first wrote about my great grandmother’s four-decades in the Toledo State Hospital about ten years ago while taking a workshop with Carol Bly at the Indiana University Writers Conference. Originally I called the piece “Insanity,” but as I explored … Continue reading

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Plum Pudding Time

I was rearranging my bookshelf the other day, and rediscovered my mother’s cookbooks. For many years they stood on the bottom shelf of the built-in cupboard in her farmhouse kitchen. Well-worn, their spotted and yellowed pages contain her handwritten notes … Continue reading

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Searching for our roots

Last week my brother and I traveled to Kansas for our Uncle’s memorial service. My mother, a native of Kansas, moved to Ohio at the end of World War II with my father, her soldier husband. The letters she wrote … Continue reading

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