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 [...]

Coastal Geologist, Good Friend

Coastal Geologist, Good Friend

"Coastal Geologist, Good Friend;" that's how Cousin Susie's tribute, written by her parents, begins in their local newspaper, The Carlisle Mosquito. Susan Elizabeth Zielinski, my grandmother's niece, was born on April 30, 1970 in Concord, Massachussetts to Robert and Sally (Handel) Zielinski. She and her older brother, Steven, grew up in the small town of Carlisle, and [...]

Applegate Origins Part I: Thomas Applegate

Applegate Origins Part I: Thomas Applegate

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV “Every town has its bad apple, and Gravesend was without exception: for it had the notorious Thomas Applegate.” Thomas Applegate, the founder of the Applegate family in the United States, was an Englishman, probably of Norfolkshire origin. The earliest record of Thomas in this [...]

You Say You Want a Revolution…

You Say You Want a Revolution…

I love that song. Since today is the Fourth of July (and this week's 52 Ancestors theme is "Independence"), I've decided to write about my Revolutionary War ancestor, Nathaniel Merrill. Nathaniel was born in 1759 in Killingly, Connecticut to Nathaniel and Hannah (Belden) Merrill. He was a descendant of the Nathaniel Merrill of A Merrill Memorial, [...]

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, [...]