Posts Tagged ‘ancestors’

Genealogy Quote from Author Larry Barkdull

Genealogy Quote from Larry Barkdull


True Miracles with Genealogy is Back!

I can hardly believe it’s been over a year since the last post on this True Miracles BACK AGAIN!with Genealogy blog! Moving out of State was more of a trial than expected. It’s good to be back, albeit at a slower pace because my own research has recently gone crazy.

Upcoming Genealogy Posts

Since genealogy contests proved popular last year, there will be more of those in coming months. Some wonderful prizes have already been offered. I’m hoping for more prize suggestions and lots of entries.

I have more great genealogy quotes to share, along with a fine story or two that will bring on those “aha” moments. And . . .

Something New

. . . a new category, which I hope many will find useful – reviews of genealogy-related products. Can’t wait to share some exciting and amazing tools that would have made our ancestors shake their heads in disbelief back in the day.

Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who joined this website during the past eighteen months and waited patiently (along with all the other subscribers) for more action. I hope to reward that patience as soon as possible.





Genealogy Quote of the Week – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This week’s genealogy quote comes from American essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson


According to Wikipedia, “Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.”

Born in Boston, Massachusetts to Ruth Haskins and the Rev. William Emerson, a Unitarian minister, Ralph was named after his mother’s brother and his father’s great-grandmother Rebecca Waldo. Ralph Waldo was the second of five sons. His father died from stomach cancer before Emerson’s eighth birthday. At age 9, he started school, and went to Harvard College at age 14, where he later served as Class Poet; and presented an original poem on Harvard’s Class Day, a month before his official graduation on at age 18. He graduated in the middle of his class of 59 people.

Emerson later met William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Thomas Carlyle in England, and in 1837 befriended Henry David Thoreau. Emerson gave some 1,500 lectures in his lifetime. He earned enough to buy 11 acres of land by Walden Pond and a few more acres in a neighboring pine grove. In 1862, Emerson’s protégé Henry David Thoreau died of tuberculosis at the age of 44 and Emerson delivered his eulogy.

Genealogy quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.

Genealogy Quote of the Week ~ David B. Haight

This week’s genealogy quote comes from the Apostle David B. Haight.

Genealogy quote

I believe that when you diligently seek after your ancestors – in faith – needed information will come to  you, even when no mortal records of their lives are available. ~ Ensign Magazine, May 1993,  23

David B. Haight

David B.Haight

David Bruce Haight was born in 1906 and at the time of his death in 2004 at age 97 was the oldest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).”

David Haight was born in Oakley, Idaho, to Hector C. Haight and his wife Clara Tuttle. He married Ruby Olson and they had three children, one of whom became the wife of American philanthropist and business person Jon Huntsman, Senior. Their son – and David Haight’s grandson – is Jon Huntsman, Jr., former governor of Utah, and former US Ambassador to China.

Elder Haight, a World War II veteran, at one time owned the Palo Alto Hardware store in California, where he served as mayor. He later served as a mission president in Scotland from 1963 to 1966, after which he was called as president of the Palo Alto Stake, then later as a regional representative of the Twelve Apostles, and then as a general authority—specifically, an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—in April 1970. In addition, he served as a special assistant to the president of Brigham Young University. David B. Haight was ordained an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1976 where he served until his death.


Genealogy Quote of the Week – Sonia Sanchez

This week’s genealogy quote comes from Sonia Sanchez, poet, playwright, activist, and author of over eighteen books.

Quote from Sonia Sanchez

I write to keep in contact with our ancestors and to spread truth to people.

Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez

Poet. Mother. Professor. National and International lecturer on Black Culture and Literature, Women’s Liberation, Peace and Racial Justice. Sponsor of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Board Member of MADRE. Sonia Sanchez is the author of over 18 books the most recently of which is Morning Haiku (Beacon Press, 2010).

In addition to being a contributing editor to Black Scholar and The Journal of African Studies, she has edited an anthology, We Be Word Sorcerers: 25 Stories by Black Americans. BMA: The Sonia Sanchez Literary Review is the first African American Journal that discusses the work of Sonia Sanchez and the Black Arts Movement. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts, the Lucretia Mott Award for 1984, the Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, she is a winner of the 1985 American Book Award for Homegirls and Handgrenades, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Humanities for 1988, the Peace and Freedom Award from Women International League for Peace and Freedom (W.I.L.P.F.) for 1989, a PEW Fellowship in the Arts for 1992-1993 and the recipient of Langston Hughes Poetry Award for 1999. Does Your House Have Lions? was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the Poetry Society of America’s 2001 Robert Frost Medalist and a Ford Freedom Scholar from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Her poetry also appeared in the movie Love Jones.

Sonia Sanchez has lectured at over 500 universities and colleges in the United States and has traveled extensively, reading her poetry in Africa, Cuba, England, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe, Nicaragua, the People’s Republic of China, Norway, and Canada. She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University and she held the Laura Carnell Chair in English at Temple University. She is the recipient of the Harper Lee Award, 2004, Alabama Distinguished Writer, and the National Visionary Leadership Award for 2006. She is the recipient of the 2005 Leeway Foundation Transformational Award. Currently, Sonia Sanchez is one of 20 African American women featured in “Freedom Sisters,” an interactive exhibition created by the Cincinnati Museum Center and Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition and she was the recipient of the Robert Creeley award in March of 2009.


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