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I had a grand aunt I never got to meet. I was born in November 1958 in Florida, where I was living when she died in Little Rock in December 1959.

As a young child, I heard bits and pieces of the adult conversation about Aunt Ruth, and most of it was not pretty. The vast majority of it focused on how she died, and very little was about how she lived.

That was a shame. I realize that the snippets I heard were colored by the perspectives of the speakers.

Aunt Ruth had no descendants. A few weeks ago, I decided to try and reconstruct as much of her story as I could.

Because everyone has a story.
Ruth's Story...

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

The journey is good.

And there are many stories of people along the way.

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I am currently working on a series - probably four parts - of posts on the genealogy blog about my grand aunt Ruth Lucile Balding Brandon.

She is one of my "orphan" relatives, which is what I call the aunts, uncles and cousins who left no descendants.

Aunt Ruth has always intrigued me, because what I heard from my family wabout her made her sound as if she was a colorless woman - strong and terse in sensible shoes.

She committed suicide at the age of 56 and had been diagnosed several years earlier with Hodgkins lymphoma. She died on 30 Dec 1959 seated in her rocking chair in her bedroom at home.

Since I so hate it to see people defined by one moment in their lives, I decided to try and find out all I could about Aunt Ruth. Everyone has a story, and so does Aunt Ruth.

And in the process, I have, of course, discovered so much more about my family.

I'll post links when the series is complete.


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May 2014



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