Monthly Archives: May 2015

Ancestral Journey

Edinburgh Castle. Image Courtesy of Wikipedia
Edinburgh Castle. Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

My most memorable birthday was my 19th birthday which occurred during my first, and so far, only trip overseas.  I was visiting my dear friend who was attending college in Cambridge, England. We met in London and had many adventures of trains and hostels as we backpacked north to Scotland. We arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland by my birthday and decided to tour the Castle as a special treat.  This castle tour had way more of an impact on me than I had ever imagined, as it was on this tour that my interest in genealogy was sparked. Continue reading Ancestral Journey

Evolution of the Milhoan Surname

 

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In research, you will often find various spellings for the same last name. While this can make your research a challenge, it is not impossible to track the changes. I came upon this issue when tracking my maternal grandmother’s maiden name, Milhoan.

I have seen Milhoan spelled many different ways, including Milhorn, Melhorn, Mulholn, and even Mulholland. With the variety of spellings, some extremely different, it isn’t always easy to tell whether or not you are on the trail of the correct ancestor. Continue reading Evolution of the Milhoan Surname

Honoring Mothers – Part II

Shirley Anderson around 1942
Shirley Anderson around 1942

My grandmother, Shirley Mae Willard (nee Anderson) did not talk much about her past.  She had a falling out with her parents after their divorce in 1942 when she was 20 years old. Shortly after, she moved from Detroit, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois to attend Secretary School.  World War II then erupted and she moved to San Francisco, California to work for the U. S. Navy.  Shirley’s mother died soon after she had moved to California, before they had made peace, and I am sure this is at least partly why my grandmother did not like to talk about her mother.   As my grandmother aged she became more willing to speak of her past, and her eyes always lit up with love when she mentioned her mother. Continue reading Honoring Mothers – Part II