Me (“Jay” Jonathan Parrish Rivers) and my dad, “Jim” James Calvin Rivers, Christmas 2017
My cousin, “Katie” Kathryn Ann Schemering, with our grandparents, Reba Virginia SEAL Rivers and Thomas Dewitt Rivers, Jr, about 1991 or 1992
The Michael & Carey Rivers Family with Uncle John Rivers, James Island, South Carolina, on the spot where Riversville once stood, later renamed Secessionville, Fall 2017
Uncle John Rivers, James Island, South Carolina, on the spot where Riversville once stood, later renamed Secessionville, Fall 2017
My genealogy work area in my home in Columbus, Ohio
My AncestryDNA kit arrived on Thursday, 1 February 2018
The Blitch Family book cover
Headstone marking burial of my Great Great Grandmother, “Lora” Lorena Amanda O’NEAL Rivers, Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina
Sign for Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina
Aerial View of Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
Tombstones at Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
I am back on the saddle again, hit with the genealogy bug, ever since I got my computer and internet hooked up in my new home, with space to store all of my research materials and reference books.
I’ve been going over the Joseph D. Rivers Pedigree Charts. I’ve been going through the screen clips of those charts that I’ve clipped into Evernote, and I’ve been placing where I left off two years ago.
I’ve restored my Ancestry account and have purchased a new Ancestry DNA kit.
I’ve made a collection of ‘ancestor cards’ that will be a short glimpse of a particularly interesting ancestor. I’ve been working on my virtual cemeteries on Find A Grave.
It is hard to imagine sometimes how many ancestors we have when we go pretty far back in generations.
When you start counting these things it’s easy, at least for me, to be amazed.
Everyone has two biological parents, no matter how complicated the fertilization process is, because, let’s face it, things have changed. There are all kinds of technologies and procedures that complicate matters, but just for the sake of this lesson: We each have two (biological) parents, and every one of our ancestors has two parents.