Funny how things sometimes turn out different than you plan. Thursday I was supposed to give my Research Guides presentation at RootsTech 2018, but a flu bug decided he had other plans for me. 😦 Fortunately, my Ancestry colleague and friend Juliana Szucs stepped in and saved the day giving the presentation. You can find the slides at Research Guides: Everything But the People I am forever grateful to her.
One of the many great things about writing a blog about your ancestors, is you sometimes find family members who have something to share with you. And every time it happens, it fills me with delight. If you’ve been following me since the beginning you might remember my article about the 8 Payne children who were living without their parents: How Eight Children Ended Up Living Alone In 1930
I wrote that article almost 6 years ago. And this year, courtesy of a newly found cousin, Robert Payne, I received this:
From left to right, in order of age: Otto, Eva, Daisy, Robert, Thomas, Floyd, Jennie, Jack and Lela.
Sadly, Eva passed away two days ago at the age of 98, the last of this generation. The expressions on their faces make me smile. And I’ve never seen a picture of my Grandmother Jennie when she was so young.
And then Robert sent me this picture of James Robert Payne and Georgia Eva Baxter Payne, the parents of the 9 children above.
I’ve never seen any pictures of my great grandparents. If you belong to the group of us who have very few pictures to pour over and catalog, you know how delightful and meaningful these two pictures are to me.
The first cluster our ancestors lived in is always the family tree and we have to start there, but we can’t end there. Our ancestors have always lived in multiple clusters based on geography, religion, politics and more.
This next year I’m exploring and hopefully creating new tools that will help me and hopefully you gain a better understanding of who our people were. And just to fit into my new theme, I’ve renamed my blog Cluster Genealogy. You can still finding with it the Finding Forgotten Storieslink. But I’m ready for a change — it’s time to look at our families in a different way.