“Between the rails” by: Jennica Bayne


BACKGROUND I have dedicated more than half of my life to genealogy and researching my family's ancestors and history.  I also dedicated nearly as much time as a Census Bureau employee during four of its 23 censuses (1980, 1990, 2000, 2010), primarily in the communications areas where we shared the history and day-to-day activities with … Continue reading “Between the rails” by: Jennica Bayne

Drinking and Driving Don’t Mix!


The article that follows is a true story as told to me by son as we reminisced back 31 years and now can laugh about it: It was the Summer of 1988.  The weather ranged in the mid-80s to lower 90s.   I was 20, my Uncle John was five years older than me, and only … Continue reading Drinking and Driving Don’t Mix!

Hakuna Matata (No Worries)


Now septuagenarians, Bob and I just exited the Flagship Premium Cinemas--the same movie theatre location in Prince Frederick, Md, where we took our four grandchildren, one niece, and one nephew (ages 2-9) a mere 25 years ago to see the original June 24, 1994 release of "The Lion King," animated movie.  The day was Saturday, … Continue reading Hakuna Matata (No Worries)

As President Theodore Roosevelt stated: “[She’s]one of the great women of America”


99 Years Ago Today on July 20, 1920:  Alice Mary Robertson (1854-1931) elected by Americans as 2nd  Congresswoman in the United States Nationality:  American BORN:  Oklahoma Territory PARTY:  Republican Americans recently have been inundated with the viral discord between the Executive Office and the freshman "squad," of congresswomen, (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib) all … Continue reading As President Theodore Roosevelt stated: “[She’s]one of the great women of America”

Are/Were Your Parents Frugal to a Fault?


Persnickety Mannerisms? My answer would most definitely have to be a big resounding "YES!" To this day, the thermostat needs to be kept on 78 degrees because the gas company advised that this is the most economical setting--despite how much water and sweat is flowing from guests foreheads and armpits; keep all doors and windows … Continue reading Are/Were Your Parents Frugal to a Fault?

I Will Love You Until My Last Breath…


No one knows when or under what circumstance we will breathe our last breath, for we live on earth (if we are truly Christian) under God’s plan for us.  That’s why it is so important to let those here we love know just how much. Not just through gifts or words (which also can be … Continue reading I Will Love You Until My Last Breath…

Life–Empty, Unfocused, or Purpose-filled?


Most often, I write about the past and how we can learn from it to change the future.  But this weekend’s message at church so tore at my heart and shook my brain, and yes, so derides any logic, that I am compelled to ponder focusing on the now and how we, all God’s children, … Continue reading Life–Empty, Unfocused, or Purpose-filled?

My Genetic Genealogy: 1775-1825


Continuing on through my genetic genealogy timeline, my DNA has been found to match with 1,000+ 4th cousins or closer relatives who now live as far north as Vermont, span southward down the eastern coastline into Georgia, and inland to the now midwestern states of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas,  Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio.  We also can … Continue reading My Genetic Genealogy: 1775-1825

My Genetic Genealogy 1750-1775


"When the ships have for the last time weighed their anchors in England, the real misery begins with the long voyage. For from there the ships, unless they have good wind, must often sail eight, nine, ten or twelve weeks before they reach Philadelphia...But during the voyage there is on board these ships terrible misery, … Continue reading My Genetic Genealogy 1750-1775

My Genetic Genealogy – 1725-1750


As in my earlier post that covers my DNA timeline from 1700-1725 and my ancestors' migration from  England, Wales, Northwestern Europe, Germanic Europe, Ireland,  Scotland, and Norway,  much of what I am about to share with you, I gleaned from my DNA Story as provided to me by Ancestry.com.    More of my posts will … Continue reading My Genetic Genealogy – 1725-1750

My Genetic Genealogy – 1700-1725


Much of what I am about to share with you, I gleaned from my DNA Story as provided to me by Ancestry.com.    Part 1 covers my DNA timeline from 1700-1725.  More posts will cover the remaining timeline that spans to 1925. Eighty-six percent of my DNA-matched ancestry originated in England, Wales, Northwestern Europe, Ireland, … Continue reading My Genetic Genealogy – 1700-1725

“What’s In A Name…”


Very popular among first names chosen for today's millennials are variations of the name Kyle; i.e., Kayla, Kylie, Kylan, and obviously, Kyle.  It just so happens that branches of my family were among the first to receive the name Kyle, but as a family surname. The "Kyle" surname is of Scottish and Northern Irish origin … Continue reading “What’s In A Name…”

Close Proximities of My Family’s Deaths and Births


As the population of the world is increasing, overall the birth rate is exceeding the death rate, but one does not affect the other as a "rate".  Yet, I have repeatedly observed in my family's deaths and births examples that births occur within a year or less of each family member's death.  From my longstanding genealogical … Continue reading Close Proximities of My Family’s Deaths and Births


Tree of Life

Ancestors, Life, and Other Stuff


As I sit here today, eight years last week since my first blog post, I am reflecting back across 366 stories that I wrote about "stuff".  And, this past weekend at church the message to parishioners was about "stuff."It strikes me that I had initially so very little information about my ancestors beyond my maternal … Continue reading Ancestors, Life, and Other Stuff

The Last Christmas Tree


As we sat in church this morning, our Pastor preceded his message for this weekend with a prayer for the people of Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  It seems that yesterday--Saturday, October 27, 2018--their congregation became victims of a shooting rampage that left this close-knit historic Jewish neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, along with … Continue reading The Last Christmas Tree

History and People’s Sentiments Repeat Themselves


The 2018 United States elections will be held mostly on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. These midterm elections will take place in the middle of Republican President Donald Trump's first term. All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested.  But, … Continue reading History and People’s Sentiments Repeat Themselves

In the Midst of Hurricane Season


The 2018 Hurricane Season began on June 1 and continues through November 30. To encourage storm preparedness, the Census Bureau compiled American Community Survey data showing that 54.3 percent of residents had an emergency water supply; 82 percent had enough nonperishable food to sustain the household's occupants for 3 days; 51.5 percent of American homes have an emergency evacuation kit; and 18.3 percent of single-family … Continue reading In the Midst of Hurricane Season

“Love, me.”


Please excuse me once more.  Our family remains in that mourning season of life. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, Wednesday, August 22, 2018.  Dad asked his children to take him to mom's gravesite in honor of what would have been her 91st birthday and their nearly 76 years together.  We took flowers, mostly purple--mom's favorite … Continue reading “Love, me.”

NO TURNING BACK


A Captivating TitleA captivating post title is often hard to nail down so I routinely refer to other sources for inspiration and ideas.  This morning was a little different--an apt title leapt out at me while I was in church.  The image appeared on a 300" HDTV that had a viewing area of 146" x 260."  … Continue reading NO TURNING BACK