Love Inspired Historicals discussion

32 views
How Much Do You Know About Your Family History?

Comments Showing 1-34 of 34 (34 new)    post a comment »
dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Lyn (new)

Lyn (lyncote) | 1644 comments Mod
Lyn here, Author Pat Simmons post on Monday on my blog got me thinking about family history. Pat is doing a lot of research into her forebears. And I’ve done almost none on my own.

How much do you know about your family? When did they get to the US (or Australia :-)?

I'm really interested--you might post something here that will spark a new story!--Lyn

http://booksbylyncote.com/SWBS/person...


message 2: by Melody (new)

Melody | 2493 comments I know quite a bit about a lot of my ancestors, family history is a big thing for us. I am trying to remember when they go to US though, I know it had to be early 1700's or before, because I know the stories from 1800's and that all took place in the US!


message 3: by Lyn (new)

Lyn (lyncote) | 1644 comments Mod
Interesting, Melody. My ancestors primarily came before the Civil War because of the Irish potato famine and the unrest in the German principalities.


message 4: by Terri (new)

Terri (terrie) | 735 comments My grandma's parents from Ireland, came to states later. My father 's father was world war 2 vet , my great grandfather was World War 1 vet. That all I know my family history.


message 5: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Eberly (kathyeberly) | 138 comments My grandfather's mother's side of the family came from Bavaria and settled in Wisconsin. I don't know too much about my grandfather's father's side of the family, only that his grandfather settled in a small area of Wisconsin and was one of the founding fathers of the town. I don't know too much about my grandmother's side of the family, only that her grandfather left her mother with several children. His brother was the father of a famous bandleader. I don't know much about the rest of her family. Her family came from Germany.


message 6: by Ausjenny (new)

Ausjenny | 4954 comments my grandfathers father was born in scotland to Irish parents who moved there because of the potato famime but then came to australia.


message 7: by Lyn (new)

Lyn (lyncote) | 1644 comments Mod
Ausjenny wrote: "my grandfathers father was born in scotland to Irish parents who moved there because of the potato famime but then came to australia."

Who knows my Irish ancestors might have been neighbors to yours, jenny! :-)

The potato famine decimated Ireland through starvation and people leaving enmasse.
Terrible but good for the US and Australia.


message 8: by Lyn (new)

Lyn (lyncote) | 1644 comments Mod
Kathy wrote: "My grandfather's mother's side of the family came from Bavaria and settled in Wisconsin. I don't know too much about my grandfather's father's side of the family, only that his grandfather settled ..."

What towns in WI?


message 9: by Ausjenny (new)

Ausjenny | 4954 comments True there name was henry! Alot of the Irish who came here were convicts first but then there were others that came as free settlers. Its interesting how there does seem to be a lot of issues with the Irish and discrimination against them.


message 10: by Nina (new)

Nina | 42 comments My Aunt traced them back to being in the usa in the 1700, but when they got here I don't know.


message 11: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Eberly (kathyeberly) | 138 comments My great great grandfather helped to found the town of Fremont/Chili. Some of them were settled in the southern part of the state.


message 12: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (mblisa) | 305 comments My Dads family came from Germany, and I remember my Great - Grandmother spoke German, and I found it fascinating, and learned more of the language in High School.


message 13: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy Clark | 1393 comments Lyn wrote: "Lyn here, Author Pat Simmons post on Monday on my blog got me thinking about family history. Pat is doing a lot of research into her forebears. And I’ve done almost none on my own.

How much do yo..."


I love to learn family history! How much do you want to know? LOL On my mother's side, her mother's family has been traced back to Hilgarthausen, Bavaria in 1140. One of the males was knighted by Charles V in 1540. They came to America via England, Holland, etc. when Christians left Germany en masse. They were here during Colonial times. My mother's father's family I know very little about. Only that there is Cherokee Indian blood involved somewhere. My mother's brothers are listed in the tribal books in Oklahoma.

On my father's side... His family (father's side)also came from Bavaria. My great-grandfather, my grandfather (18 at the time) and four of my great aunts landed on Ellis Island in Feb. 1903. The eldest daughter was married and she and her husband bought the family farm from my grandfather so I still have relatives in Germany. I havve tried to trace them through the addresses on letters the sisters exchanged after WWII, but have had no luck.

I went to the Ellis Island website and printed out a picture of the ship they sailed on from Germany...(The Main)and a copy of the passenger list. If you know your ancestors name and approximate date they came it's a great place to start looking. One word of wisdom. I first typed in my grandfather's name as John and it kept saying no. Then I typed in only the last name and found them. My grandfather was listed as Hans not the American John! Duh!


message 14: by Lyn (new)

Lyn (lyncote) | 1644 comments Mod
Ausjenny wrote: "True there name was henry! Alot of the Irish who came here were convicts first but then there were others that came as free settlers. Its interesting how there does seem to be a lot of issues with ..."

Yes, perhaps it's because the Irish had such a distinct accent and culture that it prevented them from just blending in.

And, Jenny, our state Georgia was at first a penal colony too!


message 15: by Lyn (new)

Lyn (lyncote) | 1644 comments Mod
Dorothy wrote: "Lyn wrote: "Lyn here, Author Pat Simmons post on Monday on my blog got me thinking about family history. Pat is doing a lot of research into her forebears. And I’ve done almost none on my own.

Ho..."


This is what I love about Americans (and Aussies) were such a mixture!


message 16: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Hale | 639 comments Mod
Hi Lyn, A number of my books have been inspired by things I learned while I was researching my family history, which I finally wrote down and self-published this year.

The Bonny Bride grew out of the story about my 3xgreat-grandmother whose ship dropped her off at the wrong port when she came from Ireland to New Brunswick to keep house for her brothers. She hired another recent Irish immigrant to escort her overland to the place she was going. On the way they fell in love and he promised to come back a year later and marry her, which he did!

Fortunately the internet has revolutionized genealogy. When I first started, 30 years ago, I had to trek to a lot of graveyards and spend hours searching microfilm in archives. Anything I wanted from the Old Country, I would have to hire a professional researcher. These days there is so much information just a few keystrokes away. The LDS site FamilySearch.org is one of the best and it's free.


message 17: by Paula-O (new)

Paula-O (kyflo130) | 2257 comments I love that story Deborah, I am going to have to find "The Bonny Bride" and read...
I have been doing ancestry of our family with my brother but ours is just normal family that hailed from Ky and nearby states as far as I can find..nothing spectacular.


message 18: by Lyn (new)

Lyn (lyncote) | 1644 comments Mod
Deborah wrote: "Hi Lyn, A number of my books have been inspired by things I learned while I was researching my family history, which I finally wrote down and self-published this year.

The Bonny Bride grew out of ..."


I'll have to read that one! So you had romantic ancestors!


message 19: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Hale | 639 comments Mod
Thanks, Paula and Lyn -- it's a hard one to find since it came out quite a few years ago and hasn't been digitized. I would love to get the rights back and publish it myself, but doubt that will happen any time soon. ;) I added a lot of extra things to the story to create more drama -- like that she was coming to North America as a mail-order bride to another man.

I thought my family didn't have anything spectacular, either Paula, but you'd be surprised the interesting things you can sometimes find. My great-grandmother`s parents died young of diphtheria and left a family of two sons (the oldest and the youngest, who was just a baby) and six daughters. The oldest brother was still a teenager, yet he kept the family together (kind of like the show Party of Five). It wasn't until the youngest of his sisters was grown and married that he got married. All of his sisters named their eldest sons after him. I would love to write a series based them.


message 20: by CarolynB (new)

CarolynB (carolynlb) | 38 comments That sounds awesome, Deborah. You write it and I'll read it!


message 21: by Marianne (new)

Marianne (mitzi_wanham) | 64 comments Yep, I'm sure there's a story somewhere....my Ancestors came to Canada in 1874. My paternal great X? Father and his brother were the only two of the family to come over from Russia. I know he died in a river crossing leaving a young family behind.

My mothers family name started from two little boys left behind by the Enns River...found after a wagon train had passed through!


message 22: by Paula-O (new)

Paula-O (kyflo130) | 2257 comments Deborah I think that would make a good story about the Brother keeping the family together and getting all those boys named after him, go for it. I would like to read it.


message 23: by Valri (new)

Valri Western | 964 comments I know a great deal about my family history, thankfully! I have it traced back to the 1100's on my dad's side! My mom's side is from Denmark and I have that traced back to the 1600's but then it goes into Prussia and lots of other countries. Same with my dad - most of his ancestors are from England but then some are Scottish, Irish, Prussian, and a host of other European! Mom's are all Scandinavian for the most part until they all started coming to America


message 24: by Christina (new)

Christina | 88 comments I love this thread. I know quite a bit about my family ancestry on both sides as well as on hubs' family. I have yet to write a story based off family. I'd love to give them a happy ending.

My great, great, great grandmother was the first female sheriff in Michigan. Love her story. I found an article on her that says, "she jailed the most notorious river rats."

My great, great, great grandfather was a lighthouse keeper, his daughter followed in his footsteps.


message 25: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Hale | 639 comments Mod
Those are great stories, Marianne! Just the kind of thing that would make me want to fill in the blanks - like how those little boys got left behind.

Wow, Christina, you really come from a line of strong women! Has any of our Western authors done a story about a female sheriff?


message 26: by Valri (new)

Valri Western | 964 comments Lacy Williams wrote a LIH called "Marrying Miss Marshall" about a lady marshall/sheriff that was good!


message 27: by Lyn (new)

Lyn (lyncote) | 1644 comments Mod
Marianne wrote: "Yep, I'm sure there's a story somewhere....my Ancestors came to Canada in 1874. My paternal great X? Father and his brother were the only two of the family to come over from Russia. I know he died..."

WOW Now that's a story seed if I ever heard one!


message 28: by Lyn (new)

Lyn (lyncote) | 1644 comments Mod
Valri wrote: "I know a great deal about my family history, thankfully! I have it traced back to the 1100's on my dad's side! My mom's side is from Denmark and I have that traced back to the 1600's but then it ..."

Sounds a lot like my family!


message 29: by Lyn (new)

Lyn (lyncote) | 1644 comments Mod
Christina wrote: "I love this thread. I know quite a bit about my family ancestry on both sides as well as on hubs' family. I have yet to write a story based off family. I'd love to give them a happy ending.

My gr..."


DOUBLE WOW--what a woman!


message 30: by Sharon (last edited Mar 28, 2013 07:48AM) (new)

Sharon (SharonTroyCentanne) | 9 comments I have been researching my family history since 1979, and teaching genealogy since 1982 :). Most of my family history is online at http://home.roadrunner.com/~centans/f....

When I was in library school in 1998, I put together a genealogy tutorial for librarians that is also useful for general American genealogical research. You can find it at http://home.roadrunner.com/~centans/c....

In 1991 I self-published a book on Irish genealogy entitled Discover Your Irish Roots, which was the text for a course I was teaching at the library. This was before the internet and the web. I need to update it someday and republish it.

My husband and I are both historians, so reading Love Inspired Historicals is always fun. Right now I am reading Kansas Courtship by Victoria Bylin, the third book in the After the Storm: The Founding Years series. I wanted to read this trilogy before reading the contempory Love Inspired After the Storm series, so I could understand the historical basis for the lives of the the characters through meeting their ancestors. Books that show several generations of a family always fascinate me, as does the story of my own family down through the generations.
Sharon Troy Centanne
Genealogical Research Instructor, Civil War Re-enactor and Church Librarian




message 31: by Lyn (new)

Lyn (lyncote) | 1644 comments Mod
Sharon, a BIG WOW on all you've done! I am going to follow your links.

BTW, my daughter has an online business where she formats ebooks and does covers.
http://www.11ElevenEpublishing.com


message 32: by Dawn (new)

Dawn (baseballblondie) | 75 comments My dad's family (both sides) is Czech with some Polish. It has been fairly extensively researched. Family reunions, at least when were all little, were always fun. Tons of blonde haired kids running around.

we've not done much research on my mom's family. Though as a Christmas gift to my brother a couple years ago, his mother-in-law researched my mother's family through my grandmother and found that her line goes back to Robert the Bruce of Scotland.

I have no idea when either family immigrated to the US. Both sets of my grandparents were born in the US (my dad's parents in Texas, my mom's in Missouri).


message 33: by Deborah (last edited Apr 01, 2013 12:58PM) (new)

Deborah Hale | 639 comments Mod
Lacy Williams wrote a LIH called "Marrying Miss Marshall" about a lady marshall/sheriff that was good!

Thanks, Valri - that's the one I was thinking of!

Sharon, you sound like a real kindred spirit! I love stories that go through several generations of family. Genealogical research has changed so much in the past several years. What used to take months and years to dig up can be a few mouse clicks away, if you know where to look. I had a look at your site and it is amazing - what a wonderful resource!


message 34: by Lyn (new)

Lyn (lyncote) | 1644 comments Mod
Dawn wrote: "My dad's family (both sides) is Czech with some Polish. It has been fairly extensively researched. Family reunions, at least when were all little, were always fun. Tons of blonde haired kids runnin..."

This is what I love about America--we are a mixture all right!


back to top