Grave Obsessions

Traipsing through my new england roots...


I admit it. I have ancestor bias. I have spent an inordinately disproportionate time on the following New England families: Bradstreet/Broadstreet, Bursley, Day, Scott, Spencer, Stanwood/Stainwood, Wasgatt/Wescott, White. These are my favorite ancestors, the ones I think about as I fall asleep at night. You'll find plenty of posts about them as I work to bring their stories to life. You'll also find some other research on my southern roots (Arkansas, Texas and surrounding areas) as well as my Norwegian and German lines.

3820 37th Ave S – yup, that’s the place!
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Lot 6. Block 6 Lawndale ad[dition] $850. John O. Veland bought this property in 1913, and the Minneapolis Morning Tribune published the transfer of real estate into his possession on the 5th of December.
The Story, the pictures and the facts!
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Stories. My grandmother told many of them.
In memory of James W. Christopherson
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People in our lives have the ability to impact us in big ways we cannot anticipate. For me, James W. Christopherson was one of those people.
Harriet Luzetta Day
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Harriet Luzetta (Day) Freeman (1812-1887/8) was the second daughter born to Aaron and Martha (Tibbetts) Day. The sister of my 2nd great grandmother, Cynthia (Day) Bursley, Harriet had a unique perspective of the family; she was raised by her paternal uncle and aunt, Nathaniel and Sarah Day.
Mrs. means married…..or does it?
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There are challenges when we view history through the lens of modern times. Take the marriage record shown here, for example, in which "Mrs." Sarah Greenleaf weds Benjamin Bradstreet.
Seeing double: two lines to my Mayflower ancestors!
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My grandmother was proud of her New England heritage. While she didn't know much beyond the names of her maternal grandparents, Albert Stanwood and Lavina Bursley, she had been told growing up that our ancestors came on the Mayflower.
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about me

Animal lover, genealogy addict, writer/blogger, technophile...that's me!

Lauren's genejourneys

My foray into family history began at the ripe old age of about seven. I’d query my mother persistently about our ancestry, hoping that the more I’d ask, the more information I’d get. She’d repeatedly tell me the same thing: I was English, Irish, Welsh, German and Norwegian (all correct) and Native American (not correct). This obviously didn’t suffice to satisfy my curiosity, so when I became old enough to drive, I’d go to the library and search through old issues of the New England Historic and Genealogical Register as well as other old books. One thing led to another, and before you knew it, I was ordering birth and death certificates, writing to historical societies, interviewing long-forgotten relatives, and going on research trips to Maine, Massachusetts and Minnesota, the native states of my ancestors. 

A few decades later, I’m still passionate about my family history, and owe a debt of gratitude to my grandmother, who inspired me with stories about my pioneer forebears and salt-of-the-earth ancestors. She told me of Albert Stanwood, the lumberman who braved the brutal winters of Maine and Minnesota, felling trees. Stories of the Mayflower and Revolutionary War ancestors also intrigued me, and unlike the Native American myth, I found we really DID have family aboard that famous ship. Yup, my colonial ancestors also fought for our country’s freedom. After much research and cousin-collaboration, I was able to successfully join both the Daughters of the American Revolution and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

If you are interested in learning more about my family lines, please visit the blog page, or click here to be taken to my TNG online family tree. Of course, I'd love to hear from you, so please feel free to drop me a line!

Lauren Rogers