Family History Mystery Giveaway

Two books contest

I’ve been thinking about a new storyline for my genealogist protag Sophreena and her quirky assistant, Esme.  While I’ve been cogitatin’ about it I finished off a new Kumihimo braided necklace with a 30x jewelers’ loupe pendant.  This little gizmo comes in so handy for examining scribbling on the back of photographs, details on the photos themselves or the confoundingly ornate scripts on old documents.

I’m giving this one away, along with the first two books in my Family History Mystery series.  To enter just like this post (1 entry) and/or make a comment telling me your most interesting family history discovery (2 entries).  Giveaway ends February 28, 2017.

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29 Responses to Family History Mystery Giveaway

  1. harriettelockhart says:

    Love the family history series with Sophreena and Esme!

  2. Missy Starliper says:

    Just this week I found that I do NOT have any Native American DNA. My mom has always told use her great grandmother was a full blooded Native American (not sure what trip). But I had my DNA tested & I had 0% Native American. So, now to test mom.

    • Carolina Scribe says:

      Missy…same here 🙂 Family lore had it that we had Cherokee blood, even though our pale Celtic appearance belied the idea. Alas, when I had my DNA run I’m 99% Western European, with 1% Polynesian—haven’t figured out where that came from yet.

  3. Joy B says:

    What a fun and useful necklace!

  4. Joy B says:

    Interesting discovery – my paternal great-aunt was a writer for the Federal Writers’ Project in Georgia during the Depression. Her husband died young, leaving her with small 3 children, so she got a job with the WPA.

  5. Antoinette Brown says:

    Thank you for introducing me to your genealogy series,

  6. Jess D says:

    This series sounds intriguing!

  7. Brenda Burke Johnson says:

    Love your books-

  8. Julia Kerr says:

    I haven’t chased my family tree yet but it is something that I would be interested in doing

  9. Diane Fetterolf says:

    I’m very excited to hear that you’re thinking about new ideas for Esme and Sophreena. I love this series. I have had a number of interesting experiences in working on my family tree, but I’ll just share the most recent concerning my great uncle, Robert Barnett. As a very little girl, visiting my great grandmother’s house, I was always fascinated by two large oval portraits which hung in her living room at either end of her couch. They were of her eldest sons, Robert and Sherman and they were dressed in World War I uniforms. Enlarged photographs, someone had done a lovely job of colorizing them which was especially nice, since Robert had red hair. I have always wondered what happened to those portraits, and then, just last month, some 70 years later, the one of Robert showed up on I was more than just a little excited and still hope to find the photo of my Uncle Sherman. It’s amazing how these things turn up, sometimes when you’ve given up all hope.

    • Carolina Scribe says:

      Indeed. This is why I think it so important to include a family’s belongings in the family history narratives. Now I just need to practice what I preach!

  10. Michelle Bitner Smith says:

    My family has been listening to Hamilton a lot. They thought it was very funny that I have an ancestors named Marquise de Lafayette Ray and Benjamin Franklin Perry.

  11. Kathleen Costa says:

    My family’s history goes off into many different interesting directions. I discovered that following my grandmother’s family we go back to a Huguenot who left France to come here in the late 1700s for religious freedom. Very interesting story… Viola! I am French!

  12. Carolina Scribe says:

    Mais Oui!

  13. thebookwormmomblog says:

    This series sounds really interesting. Thanks so much for the chance to win.
    My most interesting family history discovery was finding out that my grandmother was Cherokee Indian.

    • Carolina Scribe says:

      You won the jackpot. It seems many folks believe they have Native American blood, and there is family lore about it many families, but alas, it isn’t that common. Was this Eastern Band Cherokee? You can write to them to see if you grandmother is on their rolls.

  14. Christine Abar says:
    The books are amazing looking forward to the next,
    Researching my family history I found that my great grandmother had 7 children as an unmarried mother. ….the father of all the children was her sisters husband. Her sister also having several children of her own. It was a poor community. Husband had a house the n at the bottom of his garden was a cottage where my greasy grandmother lived with her seven children. He eventually killed him self by slitting his throat with a razor in the outdoor toilet.

    • Carolina Scribe says:

      Wow! That’s a BIG story. Tragic, but very interesting. Makes you wonder all sorts of things about how they ordered their lives, doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing.

  15. Thanks for the extra chances to win!!

  16. Ann Harris says:

    Great giveaway! Would love to win.

  17. Wilma Romatz says:

    I love all these books, and look forward to a new one!

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