Our local Calvert County weather forecast for Friday, calls for a mostly cloudy day, which in Groundhog Day terms means if Punxsutawney Phil were here with us locally he wouldn't see his shadow and we would see an early Spring instead of six more weeks on Winter! Wel, guess what? Punxsutawney's forecast also calls for … Continue reading What’s All This Fuss About a Groundhog Named Phil and Punx’a’what?
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that it's become so much more than the stories and histories of my family. It truly is about Our "unbounded" Heritage. Meaning, that these posts cover a vast array of enlightening, informative, and unbridled themes and content intended to help us better define who, … Continue reading Keep Calm and Carry On–It’s More Than a T-Shirt Logo
December 25, 1659: Christmas Celebration Outlawed To put this story in context, Massachusetts was home to many of the Lo-Lathrop family, my maternal grandmother's ancestors and significant leaders in the making of the "New England" in America. My 9th great grandfather, Rev. John Lathrop, was one of the first and was the founder of Barnstable, … Continue reading Ford and Lo-Lathrop Families Among Puritans Who Ban Christmas in MA
This post focuses on our Native American heritage who resided along the borders of the Chesapeake Bay. Digressing just a little into my lineage, my paternal Bolling ancestors were among the first in Jamestown and my maternal Lathrop ancestors the first in New England. My ninth great-grandfather, Colonel Robert Bolling married Pocahontas' granddaughter, Jane Poythress … Continue reading The Chesapeake Bay and Our Native American Heritage
Yesterday's post Family Stories that Bind Us included a few family questions from Emory University's Do You Know Scale. Below are all the questions asked within Emory's study. I'm going to try them out on my family and see just how much we have communicated our stories among the generations--and their different spins on the information. … Continue reading The Family “Do You Know” Scale
The Year 1868 Last week my genealogical research took me back to my second paternal great-grandfather, Lawrence T. "Larl" Boling. I already knew that Larl married Sarah Elizabeth "Bettie" Tapp in Fredericksburg, Virginia, but when I looked more closely I found that their wedding took place just one week before Christmas 1868--that was the Christmas day when our … Continue reading Bi-racial Relationships of the 60’s–the 1860’s!
According to my most recent research into the Bolling-Chambers-Taylor families, I am descended from an ancient line of folks who were known to be bald, short, fat, stammerers, and some even barbarians! At my eldest grandson's wedding in Chicago last weekend, my third eldest grandson approached me for genealogical help. For his college sociology class, his assignment … Continue reading ISO my Family’s Sociological “Big Bang!”
How well do you think you know your family's history? More importantly to me, I'd like to confirm that there is practical value in my documenting and sharing my family’s story. I sure hope so, because this blog site, as my legacy to future generations of my family, is intended to provide accurate reflections … Continue reading How Well Does Your Family Know It’s History?
As Shakespeare so eloquently wrote: What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet... But... Were you aware that there is statistical information even about your surname or first name that you can use to have some fun or interesting discussions? (And, yes, you also can … Continue reading What’s in a Name…
Origin of the Olympic Games The Olympic Games began in ancient Greece about 3,000 years ago. From the 8th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D., the Games were held every four years in Olympia, in Southern Greece's western peninsula, Peloponnese. The Games honored the Greek God Zeus, who was the god of the sky and ruler of … Continue reading ISO Family Athletes and Olympians
The Baby Boomer Generation I am proud to be a part of the "Baby Boomer" Generation, whose moniker is changing to the "Sandwich Generation." The happenings of our Baby Boomer generation were a mix of exciting and melancholy times. The number of historical events which took place in the last 60 years is unprecedented. Take … Continue reading From “Baby Boomer” to “Sandwich Generation”
Best Friends Forever (BFFs) Last week I wrote a post on this blog, "Our Kent Island Experience," that was a story about my best friend of about 20 years (at that time) and our husbands' day of "boating." Some of the events of the day tested our relationship. Yet, nearly 40 years have since past … Continue reading 100 Year Old BFFs
Each January I renew my subscription to Ancestry.com. This year my annual fee increased by nearly 30 percent. However, two additional tools were incorporated into my Worldwide subscription: full access to Fold3.com (the web's premier collection of original military records) and also newspapers.com (digital access to 2,200 U.S. Newspapers dating from 1700 to current day). And, I … Continue reading “A Sad Mistake”
From my May 26, 2013, blog post, Busted "Brick Wall" Reveals More "Chambers" "…So again yesterday morning, I decided to start over once more with basic research techniques for the elusive Chambers within our family's ancestors. Among my review of earlier research and findings of Frank Maynard Chambers, through my contacts with the Las Vegas Bunker … Continue reading What’s All This Fuss About a Groundhog Named Phil and Punx’a’what?
Honoring, laughing with and apologizing... I am honoring, laughing with, and apologizing to our three children who may relate all too well to my reblog of the 20 Signs You Grew Up in Catholic School, below. I read this post on the heels of my daughter and I attended a Catholic funeral a couple of … Continue reading 20 Signs You Went to Catholic School
I have had the following post in draft form for several months during which time there have been some Boling, Bolling, Bowling family members discussing whether deafness and hard of hearing runs in our family. The answer is, in fact, that there have been Boling family members who were born deaf and some of those … Continue reading Our Deaf Heritage
It’s been nearly two months since I have posted anything new on my blog site. No, I haven’t had writer’s block, genealogical brick walls that I couldn’t break down, or been outside experiencing the snow and extreme winter temps. To the contrary, I believe I just became overwhelmed by the volume of my every day … Continue reading Sharing Two Months of Moments…
In Celebration of November - Native American History Month President Woodrow Wilson - husband of my 3rd paternal cousin Edith Bolling Galt Wilson Edith Bolling Galt Wilson was the 35th First Lady of the White House. President Wilson's daughter, Margaret Woodrow Wilson served as First Lady for a brief period following the death of President Wilson's … Continue reading Our 28th President, His First Lady Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, Pocahontas, and Me
Although we are officially two weeks into the 2013 Fall Season today (October 3), it is yet another day in a string of unseasonably warm ones with brilliant blue skies, bright sunshine, blossoming flowers, mostly green trees, and temperatures rising again into the mid-80's. What an opportunity to 'Saisir le jour,' as the French would … Continue reading …Back to Ole’ Virginny
As Bob made a very long and wide turn from the drive with our Ford F-150 truck to park it in a handicapped space another car came from the opposite side of the drive and pulled straight into the space next to us. We were both laughing about our similar aches and limps as we … Continue reading Chance Encounters and Instant Connections