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Happy Holidays

Time to take a bit of a break. Actually, because I have been presenting Grandma Vera’s letters from 1943 near the dates that she wrote them, I have kept the doors open here longer than I usually do during the holidays.

After the first of the year, I’ll be back with some statistics about the last year and a look forward at what may happen at Ancestors in Aprons in the new year.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for commenting. Thanks for asking questions and adding information.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year.


Win a Trip to Roots Tech (And Help Me, Too)

Amy Johnson Crow is giving away an entry fee for the annual Roots Tech conference in Salt Lake City.

Whether you’re a beginning family historian, or want to delve into more complex matters and solve brick walls, this might help. If you are considering entering the drawing, use this link and get me a couple extra chances. Thanks. (It runs over my birthday and would make a really nice present.)

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Tithingman illustration from Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret B. Pumphrey

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Close up of Swiss carrot cake

Close up of Aargau carrot cake