Welcome to my little project

Family history is meant to be shared, especially with our siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews. This blog is dedicated to the ancestors who left traces of their lives for us to find and share.

An interactive Rhoades family trees is available to view here, but it is a password protected website that I wish only to share with immediate family. If you are a member of my immediate family and you do not already have the password, please call or e-mail me.

I am happy to share my source citations and answer any questions about internal family lore, items in the family’s private collection, or collaboration on allied lines. Just reach out to me via the Contact link.


Famous Family Connections

I have recently taken closer notice of a neat (albeit, questionable) feature of WikTree called Connections.  This feature tells you who you are related to by direct “most recent common ancestor” (MRCA), as cousins through marriage, and directly descended from (this would be the most questionable to be taken with a grain of salt…read on). I … Continue reading Famous Family Connections

Letters Home: July 31, 1944, Anniversary wishes

Yes, nearly a year between letters! Perhaps one day, we will locate the “lost letters of 1943-1944”. After their successful mision in the Caroline Islands, the Task Group headed on to Hollandia, New Guinea. Mamie and the task force settled at Seeadler Harbor, Manus (Admiral Islands) for restocking and staging. In April 1943, they traversed … Continue reading Letters Home: July 31, 1944, Anniversary wishes

Will the correct James Coomer please stand up?

UPDATE: It’s amazing what can change in just a few days. After posting this my father-in-law’s Y-DNA (37) results came in and he has three confirmed (genealogically) matches to descendants of William Coomer and Sukea Beasley from Stokes County, North Carolina! All three matches descend from three different sons of William and Sukea – bonus. … Continue reading Will the correct James Coomer please stand up?