Finding Jacob Ove: Researching Norwegian Ancestors

Jacob Ove (left) with an unidentified person (right) My memories of visiting Great-grandma and Grandpa Conlin while growing up are primarily connected to sweets — namely butterscotch candies and fig newtons. Grandma needed those candies to keep Grandpa sweet…or so she said. When I grew older and began genealogy research there were plenty of stories and information passed down about Grandpa Conlin’s Irish Family and Grandma Conlin’s mother’s Norwegian family, but when it came to her father, I only knew two things:...

John Joseph “JJ” Carroll: Overcoming the Odds

(Illustration above: New York City in 1851)  “What place is this, to which the squalid street conducts us? A kind of square of leprous houses, some of which are attainable only by crazy wooden stairs without. What lies behind this tottering flight of steps?…This is the place; these narrow ways diverging to the right and left, and reeking everywhere with dirt and filth…See how the rotten beams are tumbling down, and how the patched and broken windows seem to scowl...

Amanda (Evans) Stierwalt: Show and Tell

Photo: Amanda (Evans) Stierwalt While researching this week I came across a newspaper article about Hezekiah K. Stierwalt, who was showing off some treasures while visiting relatives in Kansas. These treasures included the button (rattle) of a rattlesnake that his wife, Amanda, killed with a stick of stove wood. I have so much respect for pioneer women and am so glad to live in modern times....

School Days: Childers School

Childers School (Childers, Nowata, Oklahoma) Class of 1939 BACK (L TO R): Yvonne Fuzzell, William York, Mildred Myers, Helen Price, Willie Daniels, Natalie Coleman, Sam Randall, Lucille Dawson Spears, Fred Sloan  FRONT (L TO R): Charles Montgomery, Esther Stierwalt, Garold (Pat) Montgomery, Mr.Wm.Cook (Class Sponsor) Claude “Buster” Stierwalt, Alma Lee Parrett, Johnny Lee Harrison Class of 1948 BACK (L TO R): Fred Swalley, Pete Vaughn, Barbara Woody, Bob Scott, Supt. Bill Cook, George “Casper” Speer, Arvona “Mickey” Stookey, Bobby Fuzzell...

I took a DNA test…Now What?

DNA test next steps You took a DNA test and received your results. So what’s next? The answer to that is…it depends. Depending on why you took the test there are a variety of ideas and tools to get the most out of your DNA results. If you are thinking about taking a DNA test but don’t know which one to choose, here is a good article comparing the top 3 tests. I break down DNA testers into three basic categories: I...

Mathew Conlan: Death by Gravel?

La Grande Famine, Illustrated in London News by Smyth, 1847. May they feel the warmth of a tear! May they hear the piper’s lament, May they know we, the survivors, keep vigil. irish tenant farmers Mathew Conlan was born in 1795 in the North Connaught region of Ireland to John and Anna Conlan, poor farmers near the town of Sligo. Similar to the Husmann in Norway, Irish tenant farmers rented land from wealthy landowners, primarily English and Scottish supporters of Elizabeth...

Finding your past: Where to begin? It is as easy as 1,2,3!

This week I am adding a new research section to the blog to help those interested in learning about their own family history. Where to start? How to organize? Where to find information? Here are three tips to help you begin: 1. start at home That family bible in a dusty box in your basement, newspaper clippings stuck in the photo album from your grandma, an old photograph with names in neat script on the back…these are the little clues...