Pondering their stories

on August 21, 2017

So I’ve chatted from time to time here about interesting ancestors–interesting to me, anyway. I’ve always been fascinated with ancestral stories and how they shape us, the knowledge that some part of what and who we are is predetermined. To what extent, we may never know, but I’m intrigued by the latest secrets science is…

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Talking about Granny Meg

on August 18, 2015

We haven’t had an ancestor post recently, and the visit to Westminster Abbey to see the tomb of Edward I was a chance to give a thought to his wife, Margaret of France. (Unfortunately, her tomb isn’t there. She was buried at Christ Church Greyfriars in London, but her burial place was despoiled during the…

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I’m back, chickens!

on July 30, 2015

I’m back in the US and finally recovered from jet lag. (They say it takes about a day for each hour off you are, and that’s roughly true. It took four days for me to stop falling into bed at 9pm and waking up at 5…) The London part of the trip was pretty spectacular….

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Today’s ancestor is “holy” royal

on July 7, 2015

Titling this entry with a bad pun doesn’t seem very nice, does it? But today’s ancestor was a most interesting fellow. As I mentioned in a previous entry, my gateway ancestor to all of this historical goodness is Edward I. His second wife, Margaret of France, was the granddaughter of Louis IX, making this king…

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An ancestor with a sticky end…

on June 4, 2015

The family name of de Braose isn’t exactly a household word these days, but in the times of the early kings of England, the de Braoses were movers and shakers. As a player in the Norman Conquest, William I de Braose was given lands in Sussex according to the Domesday Book. They became Marcher Lords,…

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Talking about Granny Olga

on May 7, 2015

This month’s ancestor (Reminiscing?) feature highlights one of the most interesting people to turn up in the family tree–St. Olga of Kiev. Seems odd to have a saint in the ancestral closet, doesn’t it? Literally millions of people today are descended from saints, usually the royal ones. When Christianity was first gaining a foothold in…

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Theme # 2

on April 9, 2015

So today we get to talk about the second theme for each month–only I haven’t quite decided what to call it. Every other theme has a nice tidy gerund for a title (like yesterday’s “Reading”), but this one is proving elusive. Reminiscing? Revisiting? It will come to me. In the meantime, I can tell you…

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