All families have stories; some stories are almost myths… did my ancestors really come from Sweden? Were they really river pilots or pirates operating out of the east coast port of King’s Lynn? Some family stories are true, although some facts may be hidden; my great-grandparents loved each other across a religious divide, but where and how did they meet? Some family stories are only revealed through census records and some genealogical detective work. I want to tell the stories of my family, and others who otherwise might be lost in the past.
I didn’t ever know my granddad Reuben, he died the November before I was born in January. However, my dad Donald spoke of him so often and told me so many stories about him, as did his brother and sister, Sidney and Joan, that I feel as if I did know him. He was born in 1888, the third in a […]More