This post is a continuation of my research into the Marks family of Virginia. I conduct my genealogical research by circling. I research anyone and everyone connected to my subject. And my circles most often grow bigger, and sometimes much bigger, before they zero in on what I really want to know–in this case, how … More Circling Back to those Virginia Roots Washington and Elias Marks: Part 2 of Lost in Virginia
In my ongoing journey to discover Marks’ family roots, I have found myself lost somewhere in Virginia. So instead of just barreling forward as I have done for so long, I thought I would pause and ask for help. There is no way around it. The early 1800s are tough. There isn’t much in terms … More I have lost my way . . . in Virginia
My kids often like to know how they are related to famous people. Luckily for them, and no thanks to me, there are a lot of kings, queens, Mayflower types, and other interesting folks to make this task possible. Today, I decided to map out their relationship to our 44th president. I knew that Barack … More Oh those distant relations . . . Barack Obama
Scott’s parents will be married for 50 years this July. What a feat! They fell in love during the 1960s. Each came from separate parts of the country to attend a small liberal arts college in Iowa called Coe. They had never met, nor heard each other’s names. Neither knew what to expect from this … More Scott’s Parents Were Total Strangers When They Met or Were They?
On January 9, 2017, my husband Scott Marks was sworn in as the new mayor of Medicine Lake, Minnesota. What an honor to witness this ceremony! The kids also attended, because, of course, it isn’t every day that you get to see your dad take an oath of office. The ceremony was pretty routine and … More A Mayor Is in the House