Treasures

Laura Jessie Lomax, Part 3

When the Puzzle Pieces Start to Fit! In part 2 of this series, we reviewed possible entries in Laura Jessie Lomax’s Longfellow Birthday Book for the names listed on her Missouri state death certificate for her father, Moses L. Lomax, and mother, Laura Cook. We found a birthday entry for both a Moses Lafayette (April […]

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Treasures

Laura Jessie Lomax, Part 2

Start With What You Know Welcome back to our exploration of Laura Jessie Lomax’s Longfellow Birthday Book and our research into her life, family, and journeys. As we reviewed in this first post, the name “Laura Jessie Lomax” is handwritten on the first page with the date 12/25/17. In searching the entries of the pages, […]

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Family History

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Yes! We’re Up for a Challenge! We’re excited to read that Amy Johnson Crow over at https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/ is doing a 2019 edition of her 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. We look forward to participating in this great challenge with blog posts here on More Roots Than Branches as well as on social media using the […]

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Interesting

This Shouldn’t Have Happened

An Avoidable Death Fifteen years after the cause and cure of pellagra was identified, a 42 year-old first cousin (three times removed) died of pellagra with psychosis1 at the Florida State Hospital in Gadsden County. Fifteen years! Meet Dr. Joseph Goldberger In 1874, Joseph Goldberger was born in then-Hungary (now Slovakia) to Jewish parents. References […]

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Treasures

Laura Jessie Lomax & the Birthday Book

Wisest $45 Ever! One summer in the early 1990s, I was traveling on vacation across Colorado. I was blessed to travel thousands of miles with my family almost every summer and we frequently ended each trip in Glenwood Springs. This particular year, I recall wandering through an amazing antique shop and a nearby jewelry and […]

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Family History

Genealogy Soundtrack, Part 1

What music do you listen to while researching? Let us know with a comment below; we’ll post additions to our growing soundtrack here on this blog! Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth […]

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Family History

My Marthas, part 5

With Appreciation for the Florida Department of Health A wise family historian once taught me: if you can only get one record, hope that it’s a death certificate. Birth certificates, marriage licenses, and documents like wills are great, but death certificates can be amazing. In the United States, the variety of laws, regulations, guidelines, and […]

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Family History

My Marthas, part 4

Whoa Hoss! As genealogy becomes increasingly popular, it’s helpful to dispel a few myths which are still overheard too-often: Myth: All the records I need are online. Myth: It won’t take me long to prove this. Myth: Genealogy is an affordable hobby. Myth: My family always spelled their name this way. Myth: I’m the only […]

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Family History

My Marthas, part 3

The Joy of a Young Family I recall the first U.S. Census my husband and I completed as a “new” family; we’d been married six years and had a three year-old child. I’ll admit, I daydreamed about my beloved descendants locating my young family in 72-years and celebrating the record and wealth of information provided […]

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Family History

My Marthas, part 2

Which One Is Which? Welcome back! To explore Martha Hamilton, Martha Hamilton, and Martha Hamilton, it might be helpful to identify each Martha in a unique, consistent manner. For more information on each them however, we need to work from what we think we know about them. Marriages It seems reasonable to start by looking […]

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