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Anne Bradshaw Guest on Matt Townsend Show on Genealogy

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I’m a guest on the Matt Townsend Show on genealogy.




Genealogy Quote of the Week ~ Shirley Abbott

Our genealogy quote today is by magazine editor and writer Shirley Jean Abbott Tomkievicz (born November 16, 1934).

Shirley Abbott

Shirley Abbott

To quote from The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, “Shirley Jean Abbott Tomkievicz . . .  has achieved her greatest fame for her three volumes of memoirs, which detail the story of her family history and her own coming of age in Hot Springs (Garland County): Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South (1983), The Bookmaker’s Daughter: A Memory Unbound (1991), and Love’s Apprentice: The Education of a Modern Woman (1998), all written under the name Shirley Abbott. Critics have lauded her books as well-written examinations, not only of her own life, but of the South in an age of transition.

“Though now a resident of New York, Abbott continues to write about Arkansas for a wide audience in magazines and newspapers. She once commented, “I learned to respect and love history from being born a Southerner. To come from a definable place and to seek understanding of that place are incentives for the writer’s imagination . . . In 2005, Abbott received the Porter Prize, which is presented annually to an Arkansas writer of recognized literary excellence, for her nonfiction works, and, in 2008, she published her first novel, The Future of Love.”

Genealogy quote from Shirley Abbott

We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.

Genealogy Quote of the Week – G. G. Vandagriff

Today’s genealogy quote comes from award-winning author and genealogist, G. G. Vandagriff, and is taken from the Introduction to True Miracles with Genealogy, Volume Two.

G. G. Vandagriff

G.G. VandagriffG.G. is Gail Vandagriff’s pen name.  She is the author of twelve books. G.G. studied International Relations (Central/Eastern Europe), at both Stanford and George Washington Universities from 1965 to 1969.

Before becoming a writer, G.G. was employed in the following areas of expertise:
Hoover Institution as Research Associate and Editor
Harvard University as Assistant Treasurer
Fidelity Investments as Assistant Bond Analyst
Benjamin Franklin University as Instructor of Money and Banking
Continental Bank, Chicago and LA, as International Banker
Golden West College as Instructor of Economics
Southwest Missouri State University as Instructor of American Politics
University of Dayton as Assistant Director of International Programs

G.G.’s latest books are The Only Way to Paradise , and her Whitney Award winning volume, The Last Waltz. G. G. is also known for her genealogy mystery series featuring the intrepid Alex and Briggie. Her website is at

Genealogy Quote from G.G. Vandagriff

I don’t believe in luck or coincidence where family history is concerned. I do believe in miracles.

Read Becky Jamison’s Review of Volume Two

Becky JamisonGenealogist Becky Jamison reviews Volume Two of  True Miracles with Genealogy today.

Click on the Book Reviews tab at top of page (or click HERE) for full story – and for more reviews.

Thanks so much for sharing, Becky. Your beautiful experience as you read one of the stories touched my heart.

Genealogy Quote of the Week – Madeleine L’Engle

This week’s genealogy quote comes from Madeleine L’Engle  – an American writer best known for her Young Adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. Her works reflect both her Christian faith and her strong interest in modern science. (Wikipedia)

Madeleine L. Engle

 Madeleine L. EngleMadeleine L’Engle Camp was born in New York City on November 29, 1918, and died in Litchfield, Connecticut, September 6, 2007. She married actor Hugh Franklin in 1942 and they operated a small general store in Crosswicks, Connecticut, while living in a 200-year-old farmhouse and rearing their family.

Madeleine L’Engle was a prolific writer, and according to Wikipedia won numerous awards, medals and prizes “. . . these included being named an Associate Dame of Justice in the Venerable Order of Saint John(1972);[ the USM Medallion from The University of Southern Mississippi (1978), the Smith College Award “for service to community or college which exemplifies the purposes of liberal arts education” (1981), the Sophia Award for distinction in her field (1984), the Regina Medal (1985), the ALAN Award for outstanding contribution to adolescent literature, presented by the National Council of Teachers of English(1986), and the Kerlan Award (1990).”

Genealogy quote from Madeleine L’Engle

If you don’t recount your family history, it will be lost. Honor your own stories and tell them too. The tales may not seem very important, but they are what binds families and makes each of us who we are. 

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