Saturday, February 26, 2011

Welcome to my world!

As many of you know, I do genealogy; however, I sometimes wonder if genealogy does me.  I had decided to start, and hopefully continue, a blog on my research sharing insights, stories, and generally what I am working on from week-to-week.

As background, I got started on genealogy by accident. As you know, I am adopted, and a time came in my life that I needed to know some medical information.  So, after many starts, stops, and fits, I stumbled across, posted a message with no expectation of a reply.  After about a month I got a reply and was dumbfounded...I had found a first cousin!  My immediate reaction was "now what do I do?"  I really had no hope of hearing from anyone.  Well, one thing led to another, and I got hooked on genealogy.

My research is random and wide-spread.  I search my genetic family, my biological family, my husband's family, my sister-in-law's family, my daughter-in-law's family, a friend's get the drift:  The search is the exciting part.

To give you an idea of the family names I am currently chasing, here they are (hopefully, in alphabetic order):  Bourque, Delaney, Forster, Gaskill, Gavin, Hanks, Huntsinger, Menard, Murphy, Newhouse, Numbers, Oliver, Opalenik, Pederson, Perkins, Pinion, Polak, Randall, Sargent, Schultz, Stave, Swarthout, Swinburne, Vigoren, Walsh, Whaley, Williams, and of course the infamous "Unknown."  These names are just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, as there are all the collateral lines that hook into the main family lines.

Hopefully, dear reader, you will post comments and feedback, share information and/or old historical photos, and anything else that deals with trying to find ones "family ties and connections."

Below, I have posted two pictures of my brother, Douglas Frank Newhouse, and myself, Linda Florence Newhouse Oliver.  I completely remember these outfits!  These pictures were taken about 1951 in Rochester, Minnesota.

© Linda Oliver, 2017


  1. Such cute pics! I can see some of Daniel in both pics.

  2. What beautiful photos! I'm looking forward to all you have to share! Best wishes always!