You Boys Have Been My Life’s Work

You Boys Have Been My Life’s Work

Betsy Maria Penfield, my 4th great-grandmother, was born on December 29, 1809 in Connecticut to William Penfield and Betsy Lydia Blish. Her father was a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church--as well as a shoemaker by trade--and she joined the church herself at the age of 16 in Rome, New York. Betsy married Joseph [...]

The Next-to-Last Cook Sister

The Next-to-Last Cook Sister

Leonard & Florence (Cook) Monette, 1910 Some 52 Ancestors prompts have immediately reminded me of a family story: "Frightening" sparked the memory of my grandmother telling us kids her favorite ghost story, and the obvious choice for "Independence" was my Revolutionary War ancestor's journey to clear his name a year before his passing. Some prompts [...]

Mayflower Ancestors

Mayflower Ancestors

What I love most about genealogy is chasing a story: searching through forgotten archives, connecting with distant cousins and sharing family photos and favorite memories. I love adding up the small details--newspaper clippings and pension applications, journal entries and land purchases--to write the story of my family tree. When I first started researching my genealogy, [...]