Blog: Learning from Women of Yesteryear

Our founder, Kim Burkhardt, writes about women ancestors including her Irish g-g grandmother Harriet Susannah Ellis & leads “homemade” activities at Burkhardt at Home, Made with Kim. This blog grew out of these activities to address ways of resourcefulness beneficial today. Join us in learning lessons from yesteryear. Welcome!

Remembrance Day: Remembering the military service of our ancestors

Remembrance Day is an important day to reflect on those who serve our country, past and present. Those of us who do genealogy remember our “relatives of yesteryear” all year long, including those ancestors who have done military service. Remembering ancestors who served in the military in previous centuries is as important as remembering more … More Remembrance Day: Remembering the military service of our ancestors

Ancestors, desks, “someone else’s treasure”

After I co-wrote the biography of my Irish great-great grandmother in 2016 (Harriet Susannah Ellis), I decided to keep going and write the biographies of all four maternal great-great grandmothers. The most specifically matrilineal of these four women – my mother’s mother’s mother’s mother – had a daughter – my matrilineal great-grandmother – who became … More Ancestors, desks, “someone else’s treasure”

Historical women, tailoring an ancestral connection

After co-writing the biography of my Irish great-great grandmother (Harriet Susannah Ellis, 1863-1939), I am now writing the biographies of all four of my great-great grandmothers. One was born across Ireland, one was born in Canada, and two were born in U.S. – in the 1840’s – 1860’s. As I write about female ancestors, I … More Historical women, tailoring an ancestral connection

Women of Yesteryear: Themes and Individual Experiences

After co-writing the biography of my Irish great-great grandmother, I am now writing the biographies of all four of my great-great grandmothers. They were all born in English-speaking countries – the U.S., Canada, Ireland – during the 1840’s-1860’s. As these women’s individual biographies unfold, collective insights as well as the variety of individual experiences are … More Women of Yesteryear: Themes and Individual Experiences

Genealogy, ancestors, skills of yesteryear

In addition to writing the biographies of my four maternal great-great grandmothers, I have for some years been learning the “skills of yesteryear” that were routinely practiced in the generation of my maternal great-great grandmothers – growing food, making some of my own clothes, making patchwork comforters, making soap, the list goes on. I blog … More Genealogy, ancestors, skills of yesteryear

Widows and widowers of yesteryear

I, as a genealogist, co-wrote the biography of my Irish great-great grandmother, Harriet Susannah Ellis. Another book is currently underway – the biography of all four maternal great-great grandmothers (an Out of Obscurity book). An interesting point about these four families, discussed below, has emerged. My four maternal great-great grandmothers, shown in the photos above, … More Widows and widowers of yesteryear

Reflecting on Women of Yesteryear

Personal genealogy led me on a journey toward writing the biography of my Irish great-great grandmother, Harriet Susannah Ellis. This led to another book currently underway – the biography of all four maternal great-great grandmothers (an Out of Obscurity book). These four women – Harriet Susannah Ellis (born 1863 in Co. Sligo, Ireland), Amanda Empey … More Reflecting on Women of Yesteryear

Genealogist learning skills of yesteryear’s women

I am an enthusiastic genealogist (Out of Obscurity Genealogy Services) and author of books about my “everyday women” ancestors such as my Irish great-great grandmother, Harriet Susannah Ellis, 1863 – 1939 . In addition, I realized several years ago that too many city dwellers have lost the self-reliance of our fore-mothers. Thus, I became a … More Genealogist learning skills of yesteryear’s women

Learning from Women of Yesteryear: Making Products of Yesteryear

I write about my women ancestors – everyday women such as my Irish great-great Harriet Susannah Ellis, 1863 – 1939 . In addition to writing about women of yesteryear, it occurred to me several years ago that too many city dwellers have lost the self-reliance of our fore-mothers. Therefore, I became what I call a … More Learning from Women of Yesteryear: Making Products of Yesteryear