ShoeString Genealogy Stories

  • ThunderstormCry Uncle

    My genealogy field trips to Alvarado and Kilgore, Texas, on Memorial Day, 1992.

  • Still Polking Around Still Polking Around

    Further genealogy research in Oklahoma City for my POLK family.

  • Chrysalis Chrysalis

    Everyone of us has a chrysalis from which to emerge.

  • Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief

    I come from a family of devoted servants. As I contemplate my ancestors, a simple hymn always comes to mind — "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief."

  • A Wooly Tale
    Wooly Tale

    Wool made East Anglia prosperous and, indeed, the entire country, by exporting to Bruges and elsewhere in Flanders, packs and sacks of raw wool.

  • Leather Trade Leather Trade

    To make leather there must be beasts and their attendants: Shepherds, Shephards, Cowherds, Cowards, Goater, Goatcher.

  • Elizabeth Percy Elizabeth Percy

    In the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries marriage amongst the Upper and Middle classes was not so much a matter of personal attraction but more a matter of ownership of property and of money.