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.

Letters Home – A Boyle County Story

As some of you may already know, I am in the middle of moving…again. Right? Also, my husband and I are the recipients of the Coomer family ephemera, of which there is quite a bounty. Among this ephemera is a World War II letter home. But this one is a little different. It was written…

Creatively Recreating Margaret

My Uncle expressed a desire to know more about Margaret Russell, wife of Richard Cobe Jr. So this weekend I am trying my hand at creative non-fictional writing. I had to make some assumptions to tie in some connections. I also had to insert a little of my personality into that of Margaret’s. Life is…

Epidemics – Before there was Zoom

Among the treasures passed along to me by Cousin K was an American Revolution Bicentennial publication by Whiteside County, IA Genealogists.  This was a compilation of stories from many of the older residents recounting life and experiences in their youth.  Great Aunt E  was a member of the group of genealogist who compiled and published…