My Musical DNA

My Musical DNA

Based on my research, my roots aren't very musical: I have a great-great-grandmother who sang opera and one distant cousin who played almost every instrument in existence, but that's the extent of my family's talent. AncestryDNA has teamed up with Spotify to create "Heritage Playlists: The Unique Sound of Your Ancestry" for their customers, and while [...]

Civil War Veteran Joins Vigilance Committee

Civil War Veteran Joins Vigilance Committee

Nation Family Farm, 1880 William Nation with sons Jesse & Oma This week's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks theme is "nonpopulation," referring to a series of agricultural, manufacturing and business schedules largely conducted in the 1800s. Agricultural schedules, in particular, provide information on the farm owner, the cash value of the farm, farming machinery, the [...]

Applegate Origins Part III: Wendell Applegate

Applegate Origins Part III: Wendell Applegate

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Wendell Frank Applegate was born on January 10, 1924 in Lewis Co., Kentucky to Alfred Glenn and Opal (Latham) Applegate. He had three siblings--Rosetta Grace (b. 1918), Joseph Oran (b. 1921) and Alice Gertrude (b. 1926)--and the family rented a farm on Old District [...]

Applegate Origins Part II: John Gates

Applegate Origins Part II: John Gates

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Every researcher is familiar with genealogical brick walls: those ancestors who just refuse to be found. Some relatives claimed that my great-grandfather, John Gates, was adopted and grew up in Kentucky; others, that he changed the family surname and grew up in New York. [...]