ShoeString Genealogy

Cry Uncle

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

Still Polking Around

Further genealogy research in Oklahoma City for my POLK family.


Everyone of us has a chrysalis from which to emerge.

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

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

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

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.