The Ralston Tartan

Someone on twitter was talking about kilts today and I remembered something this morning that I can only call one of my hmmmm moments. While researching family and finding our Scottish ancestors, I also started looking up tartan patterns. One year in the late 1980s Grandma Kradel decided to knit afghans for all the grandkids…
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Mary Jane Ralston: 1847 – 1922

May 8, 1847 – November 21, 1922 Mary Jane Ralston was born in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania to William Ralston and Mary Sharp. She was of Scots-Irish, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. She married Isaac McClung and had six children, William, Jenny Alice, Ira Plummer, Charles Quil, Annie B, and Margaret Catharine. In the 1880s,…
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day should take on a whole new meaning now that we’ve discovered some Irish roots and branches in our tree. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and while St. Patrick’s day is a festive day that celebrates the saint’s life, and commemorates the day of his death, as well as celebrates…
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Daughters of the American Revolution

I vaguely remember Grandma Kradel and Aunt Sarah telling me when I was a teenager that if I wanted, they could help me do the paperwork to become a member of the DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution. It wasn’t something I wanted to do, as I saw the group as being too conservative and…
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McClung – Ralston Trivia

One of the fascinating things about researching the family tree is the finding of the twists and turns, the gnarled branches and deep roots that I never knew were there. One of the other fascinating things to find are the coincidences and seemingly trivial tidbits of information. My Great-Grandmother on my father’s side was named…
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