Rest in Peace, Again

Rest in Peace, Again

Almeron Lyman Nelson of Coudersport, Pennsylvania--my 1st cousin 6x removed--was the original Nelson family historian: he arranged and hosted every family reunion for over a decade; he preserved family heirlooms, portraits and photographs for future generations; and he recorded names and dates for the local newspaper's town history column. Everything I know about the Nelson [...]

Hurricane Sweeps Nelson Farm

Hurricane Sweeps Nelson Farm

The one thing I often overlook when it comes to researching an ancestor's story is the weather. And it shouldn't be: climate patterns and weather phenomenon guided both our ancestors' day-to-day decisions and their long-term migration patterns, just as they guide our own. Rainstorms were essential to keeping crops alive, but snowstorms may have kept [...]

A Picnic for Two Hundred

A Picnic for Two Hundred

I'm not sure what compelled me to research my 5th great-grandfather, Silas Ephraim Nelson, last weekend, but here we are--and I'm very glad I did. It's strange, now that I think about it: I'm always ricocheting back-and-forth between the Hawkins family's schoolhouse, the Kuznicki family's bar and the Merrill family's military service, and the Nelson [...]