People, Place, and Time

Telling my family's stories


Hello hello!  Welcome to People, Place, and Time, a blog about all things family history! Genealogy is all about particular people in a particular place at a particular time, and that’s what I’m interested in.

My own family is an amalgamation of Mecklenburger serfs,  Palatinate refugees, the British settlers of New Jersey, Irish famine survivors, and Germanna pioneers; Revolutionary and Civil War veterans alongside Brethren conscientious objectors; immigrants from as early as 1607 to Virginia and as late as 1872 to Wisconsin.

I  started doing personal, family, and community history research in 2006 as both an outgrowth of and a distraction from writing my dissertation. Many of the research and analysis skills I learned in graduate school are the same skills needed here: gathering data and sourcing it, putting it together and seeing how it fits (or doesn’t!), writing up a coherent summary, collaborating with other researchers.

I’m always interested in hearing from people about their stories.  Leave a comment, ask a question, or drop a note.  I’d love to hear from you.

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