Category Archives: My Family History Journal

First stop in Detroit: Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery

My two-week trip to Michigan coincided with a massive heat wave and broken air conditioning at my cousin Madeleine’s apartment. After two nights of miserable, sweat-soaked “sleep,” my husband and I left my poor cousin (who is an amazing hostess) at … Continue reading

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Whirlwind family history information seeking trip

The best way to describe the last several weeks of my life is definitely “whirlwind.” A rush of work projects and out-of-town travel have been keeping me very busy and away from documenting what family history and genealogy research I’ve … Continue reading

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Not prepared for such flattery

After my blog “came out” on Geneabloggers this past weekend, I received some really nice comments and was happy to subscribe to a few new blogs as a result. The Armchair Genealogist (Lynn Palermo) stopped by, too, which was really … Continue reading

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Now a proud member of Geneabloggers!

I’m happy to announce that I am now officially part of the GeneaBloggers community! Old Family Stories received its debut in their weekly roundup of new blogs. GeneaBloggers is a community for genealogy and family history bloggers and their readers. … Continue reading


Michigan death certificate for Anna (Wensorski) Schulz

I received the 1937 death certificate for Anna Schulz (view/download PDF) one day after I received her husband August’s (1906). Again, another certified copy from Michigan’s vital records so that I could see and interpret every detail for myself. This … Continue reading

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Michigan death certificate for August Schulz

Last month I wrote about requesting death certificates for August and Anna Schulz. Michigan’s state records department found and sent them to me a lot faster than I was expecting, which was a double bonus considering that I wasn’t even … Continue reading

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Organizing Family History: Part 1 of Infinity

Though I’m not immune to being overwhelmed when faced with disarray, there is something about having a place for everything and everything in its place that appeals to me. I like the challenge of strategically adding structure to chaos. I … Continue reading

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Ready to share my family history blog! Plus a note about my sleuthing role models.

I prettied up the design of this blog last week, both as an exercise in my design skills and to make it easier on the eyes—though I’ll undoubtedly continue to tweak some minor things over time. The important thing is … Continue reading

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So many things, so little time!

Phew, it’s been a whirlwind couple of days on the family history front! My eyes are drooping so this is going to be a short little update. I connected with a fourth cousin twice removed and this week have continued … Continue reading

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Grab a cigar—it’s a genetic match!

Back in February, my dad submitted a cheek swab to FamilyTreeDNA for a Y-chromosome test. The results are in, and the first fact was not a surprise: he’s French! Both of his parents were French-Canadian, and he knew (though hadn’t … Continue reading

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