Following Trails

Rabbits in my yard and I have been going down a rabbit hole. I don’t mean I am diving into rabbit dens. I have been traveling down a twisting passage following the trail of my ancestors’ lives. I have found a lot and not quite enough, birth and marriage records, towns where they lived, even some old addresses. It was exciting to see names on passenger lists of ships and trains. Names mentioned in newspaper obituaries confirming names of children. A great-uncle’s name mentioned on a train passenger list told me he lived in Montreal. A great-grandmother’s journey traced from her marriage in England to her death in California. I have come to realize that these are only the tracks and traces of lives. It makes me wish I could find their diaries so I could really get to know them.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is โ€œstart with a noun.โ€ Start your post with a noun, and write about whatever it is. Have fun!”

Featured image ‘Great Northern Railway’ of Canada via Wikimedia.

12 thoughts on “Following Trails

  1. John Holton

    Chasing down genealogy is at once extremely frustrating and extremely satisfying. I had quite a few of my older relatives around for a long time, and sadly I didn’t take advantage of it. My aunt is doing pretty well on my mom’s side, but there isn’t anyone left on Dad’s, and I can get back about three generations, then I hit a wall. Good luck in your search!

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      I wish I had asked more questions of my maternal grandmother. I did not see her regularly and when we are young we do not think of these things. I have been amazed and gratified by how much I have been able to find online but there are gaps especially on the Irish side because the records from there are scarce. Thank you, John. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. ksbeth

    so interesting, the journey takes you places your never imagined sometimes. i hope to leave good notes/pictures and stories with my children and grandchildren so they will know and can pass them on –

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      It is wonderful to find information like marriages and births or passenger lists. I do think it is important to make sure we communicate our life stories to our kids and grandkids. Thank you, Beth. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Well I never thought I would be able to find as much as I did but Family Search.org,( and now I am using Ancestry.com for a trial), do help you access a lot. I wish I knew even more too, like the stories told in their own words and more about my father’s family history from Ireland. Thank you, Barbara. ๐Ÿ™‚

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