Tag Archive | genealogy

I found you, my Rosa…

My Dearest Rosa, Well, it was a sweet search and one that culminated in a wonderful moment for Sue. I knew where you were buried, in a little cemetery in Duxbury, Vermont, right alongside your husband, Henry and son, Freddie. It took a while to find you and it was such a charm when I […]

Meet the Blaines, I mean the Blairs, I mean the Blains…

Dear Rosa, What a twisting, roller coaster of a ride this genealogy process can be. First, you were Blaine, then Blair, and now back to Blain. Never Scottish, but French! And when we go a bit further back, your family was Hablan. Wa-what???!! So, I thought it might be kinda cool for you to see […]

In the span of a heartbeat…

Dear Rosa, How close I came to never being born, how stunning that in the span of a heartbeat, one life ended and sent another onto a different journey. Genealogy can be very dry, very boring stuff. I’ve watched my children’s eyes glass over when I make a new discovery. It’s only when I put […]

Mary’s time of grief…

Dear Rosa, I hoped this day would come. That I would know where you and Henry rested, where I could go and pay my respects, maybe introduce myself and let you know that you are remembered. I found you yesterday, buried in a little cemetery in Duxbury, Vermont. There’s only one left who actually met […]

A sister for Rosa…

Dear Rosa, Well, what an incredible weekend this was. I attended a workshop on tracing French Canadian genealogy, hoping to learn more about the Blairs and where they came from in Canada.   After the workshop, I was approached by a man who was fairly bursting with excitement. “Did you say John Drinkwine and Elizabeth Blair?” […]

Henry and Rosa…

Dear Rosa, You were a summer bride and just nineteen years old. I can only imagine how taken Henry was with your beauty. And those eyes, those stunning clear blue eyes… I’d like to picture that day as a happy one, albeit quiet and informal. Please allow me to indulge, as no photos exist of […]

Enos Louis Blair, citizen of the United States of America…

Dear Rosa, So this is where it officially began for your grandfather, Enos Blair. Here is where he became a citizen. But the story stretches much further back. Back to when he emigrated to the US in 1848 (please see the previous post) .  I wonder how many fought in the Civil War who weren’t […]

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