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Keeping Grandma’s Hair – Interview with world-renowned Victorian Hair Artist

My obsession and interest in genealogy far outreaches just finding long-lost ancestors and family trees. As a death positive person, I'm interested in any topic, art, or post that is about death. This interest really came to head when last September (2017), I attended the Death Salon in Seattle and met Courtney Lane. Courtney is a... Continue Reading →

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My Dearest Grandma…

Where do we come from? Who is our family? Why do we feel so deeply when they leave us? We are intrinsically connected to our loved ones and family in so many different ways, and I am no different. My grandmother (Donna Mae Blocher) died eight years ago yesterday, and I still think about her... Continue Reading →

Making a Difference – An Update

Note: This is a repost + edit of an older blog post I wrote in a previous incarnation of my blogging life in June of 2011, only about two months before my late Grandmother passed away. How many times have you seen a death certificate or vital record that lists the deceased individual had died... Continue Reading →

George & Agnes Ran Away

As is the case in most history, the indentured, the women, and the minorities seemed to be all but forgotten. In many of these cases, I aim to bring their stories back to life, and today's story is no different. Just a few days ago, I received a package from my dear mama, containing some... Continue Reading →

Day 1: RootsTech

What an amazing first day of RootsTech. It was more than I could have ever imagined and I've already learned so much. After a quick rush to the convention center to get registered, I was able to get my tote bag with all its goodies and my name badge. In the rush of the morning crowd,... Continue Reading →

The Hipster Historian Goes to RootsTech!

For the very first time, I will be attending the largest genealogical conference in the world, RootsTech -- being held in Salt Lake City, Utah. This will also be the first genealogical conference I have ever attended (exciting!). In past years, I've attended other conventions (mostly Comic Cons) but this is only the second conference  in... Continue Reading →

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