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Full Moon in Aries, October 1, 2020

Take no shortcuts!

Libra Seeking Balance

Good thing cardinal signs are always up for a challenge because this Full Moon at 09° 08′ Aries on 1 October 2020, 02:06 PM PDT will offer us some. The Aries Moon and Libra Sun both make uncomfortable aspects to Uranus in Taurus, creating a measure of dissonance which brings out the combative side of the Aries Moon-Libra Sun opposition. Whether we can deliberately turn this around and choose cooperation over conflict is largely up to us as individuals. There is one saving grace, gentle Venus rules both Libra and Taurus. Venus always likes everyone to get along and play nice!

There are not many tight aspects in this lunation chart, and the ones having the greatest impact involve the ruling planets of Aries and Libra. A major source of tension is retrograde Mars in Aries exactly square Saturn in Capricorn (partile on September 29). Mars also makes a waning…

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September 30, 2020 at 7:49 pm

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Hometown Tuesday ~ Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts

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September 29, 2020 at 4:47 pm

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Hometown Tuesday ~ Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Wow Valerie Thanks! I have some connection to early Scituate settlers too so I really appreciate the historical information!

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September 29, 2020 at 4:44 pm

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Thursday at the Cemetery ~ Grace Episcopal Churchyard ~ Yorktown, York County, Virginia

Historic Yorktown!

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This week I will be featuring the cemetery and headstone of my 6th Great Grandfather Thomas “Scotch Tom” Nelson. He is buried in the Grace Episcopal Churchyard, Yorktown, York County, Virginia.
Thomas Nelson was born on February 20, 1677, in Penrith, Cumbria, England. He is the only known son of Hugh Nelson (1647-1708) and Sarah Jackson (1655-1740). His father and Grandfather were clothiers and Thomas worked with them growing up. He emigrated to Virginia in 1700, In the next few years he had firmly established himself, and he built a frame house, where the current Nelson House is standing. He built a mercantile business across the street from his home. In 1710 he married Margaret Reade (1685-1717) and the had 3 children, 2 sons and 1 daughter. After the death of his wife he then married Frances Housden (1682-1766) and they had 1 daughter. Thomas was very successful in many…

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September 20, 2020 at 2:56 pm

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On The Map ~ 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks ~ Week #38

Born in Georgia I may be related to him too Valerie! And I don’t believe he committed suicide. 😦

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A couple of months ago as I was researching an ancestor for the 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks prompt, I discovered that I may be related to one of my favorite explorers. So, I went to work researching this new possible connection. You can imagine my excitement when I found that I was indeed related to him. He definitely put a lot of America on the map!

Meriwether Lewis, my 3rd cousin 7 times removed, was born on August 18, 1774, in Albemarle County, Virginia. At an early age his family moved to Georgia. He had no formal education until he was 13 years of age, but during his time in Georgia he enhanced his skills as a hunter and outdoors man. He would often venture out in the middle of the night in the dead of winter with only his dog to go hunting. Even at an early age, he…

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September 17, 2020 at 6:02 pm

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New Moon in Virgo, September 17, 2020

Wow!

Libra Seeking Balance

We can feel the tides beginning to turn on this New Moon at 25° 01′ Virgo on 17 September 2020, 04:00 AM PDT. What a difference it makes to have two more planets in air and fire. Nonetheless, the Virgo Sun and Moon are doing their best, supported by a trine to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, to keep our lives focused on the importance of the small details in our daily lives.

It is the personal planets, Mercury, Venus and Mars, who are all now in fire and air signs. Mercury is in Libra, Venus in Leo and Mars in Aries. This puts their messages at odds with the rest of the planets in earth and water. The differences in opinion are highlighted on this New Moon in Virgo.

Mercury in Libra wants to emphasize the need to be fair-minded and open to opinions from all sides. A square…

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September 16, 2020 at 8:14 pm

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Here’s Your Sign #16 ~ Rosewell

The Manns, Carters, and Pages: always fascinating!

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For many years I have been collecting photos of and information about the various signs that have been placed in honor of some of my ancestors. These signs are a glimpse into some event and/or place where they lived. Some of the signs are small like a placard with a few poignant words, some are large, and they go into great detail, and then there are those that are somewhere in between. Each one gives added life to those ancestors.

The Rosewell Mansion located in Rosewell, Gloucester, Virginia, was the finest example of brickwork in the English colonies. It was constructed in 1725 by my 8th Great Grandfather Mann Page I. The home remained in the Page family for more than one hundred years. The mansion stood three stories tall. It contained fine paneling and wood carvings. In 1916, a fire swept through it, leaving a magnificent shell that is…

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September 16, 2020 at 3:30 am

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My Ancestors Signature #27 ~ Colonel John Page

Excellent!

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How many of you have searched for any kind of photo of an Ancestor and you weren’t able to find one? Especially for one who lived before photography was invented? Have you ever looked through documents like wills, or marriage licenses and you discover that your 3x Great Grandpa had signed it? This signature is a little piece of him that was left behind. By posting it online we can preserve it for future generations.

My 10th Great Grandfather

Colonel John Page
From Letter to his son Mann Page January 1, 1688

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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September 13, 2020 at 2:31 pm

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Picture Perfect #15~ Douglas B. Hughes

Sweet!

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I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so, I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

Douglas Hughes is my Dad. He was born on August 18, 1915. I absolutely love this photo. Here he is 20 years old and this was taken at the Rubicon Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Lake Tahoe, California. He looks so happy sitting on that horse. He had been raised riding horses so he has a confident air about him.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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September 13, 2020 at 2:27 pm

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Back To School ~ 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks ~ Week #37

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My mother, Emmajane Smith was born on April 25, 1919, in the small rural town of Napoleon, Missouri. She was the youngest of 6 children born to John Pleasant Smith (1882-1968), and Ella McGowan (1888-1921). Two of her siblings died before she was born. Her family had a small farm just outside of town and her dad worked in the coal mines. Her mom died when she was 2 years old and her dad married a second time when she was 7 years old.

Napoleon is situated on the Missouri River about 30miles east of Kansas City and in 1920 the population was 156 residents. When Emmajane started school in 1925, there were about 20 children that attended the one-room schoolhouse. Her two oldest siblings where aged 19 and 20, so they no longer went to school. Only her and her slightly older brother Gene were in school. Growing up…

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September 9, 2020 at 7:40 pm

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