“History is a conversation and sometimes a shouting match between present and past, though often the voices we most want to hear are barely audible. People make history by passing on gossip, saving old records, and by naming rivers, mountains, and children.” 
― Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

Shoots, Roots, and Leaves is my genealogical Bar-B-Que. I serve up family stories with a side of social history.  

I hope you will get curious with me and linger to tell your families’ tales.  Let’s share what we know, naming rivers and mountains, and who birthed who. Let’s call on the ancestors, all of them.  

And together we can tell a story of our past, of our ancestors, of ourselves, that catalyzes an interconnected history of how we in the United States have confronted and adapted to change. 


My shoots, roots, and leaves

  • DODSON, GREEN, ROWLETT families of Mecklenburg County, Virginia
  • SAYLES, WHITE families of Allegany County, New York/Mecklenburg County, Virginia
  • STRICKLAND family of Wake/Nash Counties, North Carolina
  • MINOR family of Greene County, Pennsylvania
  • BRADFORD family of Coshocton/Muskingum County, Ohio

Collaboration Welcome!

I invite you to leave comments on my posts, or to contact me at dkaystrickland43 (at) gmail (dot) com. 

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