Torn Between Two Homes

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May 202018
Torn Between Two Homes

Guest blogger Alex Hamel is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. For several years, she has taught English and lived in the country of her birth—South Korea. I have two homes and every day I feel torn between the two. One is where I grew up in Minnesota, pictured myself getting […Read more]

Traveling Into History

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Aug 082016
Traveling Into History

Guest blogger Laura Schott is a recent college graduate who took her first-ever trip to Europe to visit her ancestral lands of Germany and Norway. In the midwestern United States, one can expect to find people of two origins: German and Scandinavian. My fiancé and I, both from Fargo, North Dakota, and both recent University […Read more]

Sep 202015
A Genealogist's Hog Heaven

Guest blogger True Lewis blogs about family history. Her blog is a personal diary about her slave Granddaddy Ike Ivery and the Miles Daniel Family. Along with her mother’s European heritage, her ancestors come from Bullock County, Midway, Alabama, and Houston County, Georgia. With strong roots in Cumberland County, Newville, Pennsylvania, she’s been blogging for three […Read more]

Sep 142015
You Can Go Home Again

Guest blogger Scott Billigmeier is a California native who has lived in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. for 25 years. He’s been researching his genealogy for 30 years. Scott is a strategic account executive at Symantec (Veritas) focused on the U.S. public sector. He received his B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara and has done Masters-level […Read more]

Sep 102015
Once in a Lifetime

Guest blogger Merv Weiss began researching his family’s history in the year 2000. All four of his grandparents were ethnic Germans (Catholic) who were born in a region that was once Russia (now Ukraine). His paternal family has roots in the Odessa region, his mother’s family in Crimea. Merv recognized that genealogical research requires a […Read more]

In Their Footsteps

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Sep 092015
In Their Footsteps

          As I talk to people about my book, Visiting Your Ancestral Town, I get to hear so many great stories from people who have traveled to their own ancestral towns. So I thought it would be fun to give people a place to share their experiences. I’ve started a new […Read more]