Category Archives: Genealogy

Finding Mollie

I woke up on Sunday morning, March 11, 2018, with the feeling that I needed to go to Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton to try to find the grave of Mary E. “Mollie” Hicks Livick.  Being about 95% sure that I’d … Continue reading

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The Search for Mary (Polly)

Long before I was interested in genealogy, two of my uncles, Billy and Buster, tried to learn more about our family’s history.  There were tales about Mary “Polly,” the unwed mother of our family patriarch (John William Anderson, June 24, … Continue reading

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Augusta County, Virginia – October 28, 2017

With rain in the forecast for Sunday, we decided to take advantage of a pretty Saturday to check out the fall colors in the Shenandoah Valley.  An interactive map that shows our route is here, and you can click on … Continue reading

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Augusta Springs Wetland Park & Goshen Pass – August 27, 2017

A couple of years ago we discovered Augusta Springs Wetlands Park, but with ice and snow on the ground at the time, we knew we’d have to come back another time.  On Sunday morning, August 27th, we decided to visit … Continue reading

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Tarentum, PA – July 2017

My paternal Barrett and Koontz grandparents were from Pennsylvania, and my father and his siblings were born there, in the town of Tarentum.  The family moved to Indiana in the mid-1930s, and although some of my cousins who live in … Continue reading

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