“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

Greetings! I am delighted to have you visit my Family Stories Blog. My name is Pamela Sue Hutchison Garrett and I have been researching family history for more than thirty years now.  This Blog is a companion site to my family history database, Family Stories, pamgarrett.com.

I’ve had years now to observe people’s reactions when I say to them, “I have a passion for family history!”  If you speak these words to a like-minded soul, shared experience will tumble forth.  Speaking the same words to the uninitiated usually invites a few moments of polite conversation before moving on to other subjects.  That’s ok, because we all have different interests.   But, there is something about the stories, the family stories that can engage the non-genealogist.

This blog is primarily about the family stories.  Some of the stories come from first - hand accounts, diaries and letters. Others are more second – hand, extracted from biographies in county history books, or newspaper obituaries.  There will also be speculative stories interpreted from the social histories of time and place.  Along with the stories there will be plenty of photographs, a few travel-logs and mysteries, and suggestions for further reading.
As the Family Stories Blog begins the focus will be on my Clarkson family.  The ancestral families of Richard Albert Clarkson include Jeffries, Chinn, Bramham, Crittenden, Moxley, Consterdine, Anderton, and Clarkson. The ancestral families of his wife, Elizabeth Jane Robinson, include Edmonston, Royce, Van Lear, and Robinson.  Future expansions will look at: Hutchison, Tanner, Garrett, Svejkovsky, Fry, Rowland, Grant, Nichols, Lakin, Markham, Matthews, Fleming, Hutchins, Brooks and many others.

If you enjoy the stories and want to know more about how they relate to your own ancestral past, be sure to visit the family history database, Family Stories, pamgarrett.com.  There are many more stories available there, along with names, dates, documents, census records, deeds, Wills, cemetery records  . . .  (on and on) . . .

I have a passion for family history!!

Pam Garrett
October 2012
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