Welcome to Family Heirlooms! A blog about my search for the questions and answers of my paternal and maternal lines of ancestors. In sharing my quest, I hope to tell family members of our ancestors rich history – their lives, families, homes, occupations and contributions to the world. It is my hope that future generations will be inspired to learn from whence they came from and perhaps answer a question or two about themselves.
Family history is very important to me. You have to know where you come from to understand where you belong. For me, part of that learning takes place in the Ohio/Indiana/Kentucky border area searching for GUARD, BREEDEN, RACE, WINTERS, CREACH, BRAMLETT and TROWBRIDGE to name a few. My mom’s family helped settled that area shortly after the American Revolution to become one of the most influential pioneering families of the time. There is so much history there and I have learned much, and yet there are still tons left to learn. It will take years, but it is a task I relish.
On my father’s side, the journey takes me to Bermuda, England, India, the Azores, Switzerland, Australia and South Africa searching for PANCHAUD, TATEM, MELLO, MILES and CLOUGH. We are truly an international family and it’s amazing to learn of the places where my ancestors lived and how they migrated before the convenience and ease of modern travel. Their stories beckon me to delve into their past and close the divide of time to ensure their legacy lives on in their descendants and so we all know where we came from and the significance of the names we carry.
Be sure to check out each of the links at the top for stories pertaining to those catagories. In Genealogy Tidbits, that’s exactly what you’ll find… little gems and stories on why we research our family and how to go about starting if your a newbie. In Genealogical Gems, you’ll find stories, pictures and misc. information of the treasures of our hidden past. Documents, family Bibles and lost photos all have a story to tell and here is where you can read about them. Be sure to check out the section of Misc. Newspaper Articles from various local newspapers of long ago and my newest section of Cemeteries. Here you can read about the names you find in long, forgotten cemeteries – where they become more than just words on a piece of stone but instead flesh and blood once more when we remember them. I hope you enjoy your journey and thanks for stopping by…
The measure of one’s character is not what they get from their ancestors, but what they leave their descendants. – unknown
I am a mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, wife, retired Sailor, and volunteer but not necessarily in that order. I was born in the US but raised in two countries. I come from a very international family and also a founding family. I am a first born first generation American but I am also proud to be included in the seventh generation. I am a product of the US melting pot.
I have been researching my family history for about 18 years now, catching the bug around the time my youngest son was born. My journey thus far has been incredible. The documents I uncover, the truths and stories revealed, each add a layer of authenticity and purpose to my life. I have discovered the final resting place of my fifth-great grandfather, Alexander GUARD, a revolutionary soldier born in New Jersey. He, along with his family and the Hayes, traveled down the Ohio River from Pennsylvania to settle in the area known now as Dearborn County, Indiana.
I love the thrill of the hunt… I read tons of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys when I was younger and I guess I feel like a sleuth when I dig, uncover and research long forgotten memories. I hope you enjoy my findings and perhaps feel a bit inclined to start searching your own line.