My name is Kathleen, and I have been researching my family history since I was a child. I love to go into county courthouses and smell the old books and paper... or is it dust? This blog will focus on the stories I've heard over the years and the research methods I follow. I am particularly interested in data management and cloud genealogy.

Some of my personal areas of interest include Southern Maryland and DC (Robie, Rhodes, Grimes, Lindsey), NY state (Hill, Cookingham, Flynn, Rhodes, Skinner, Wheeler, Mead, Havens, Trotter), NJ (Parcell), North Carolina and Eastern TN (Lynch, Seabolt, Spears), MO (Wilcox, Kiddell), and CA (Simi, Grady)

I am always happy to compare notes or share my experiences, so please leave a comment!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Twins are amazing!

How fun is the internet!  Most of the time you go online with a specific task, get the information you need, and you're out of there.  But then there are those days where you are sucked into the black hole, and you come out hours -- or even days -- later with no memory of what you were doing, or where the time went.  Well, it's been my experience that if you don't over think things and just go with the flow, sometimes you get some really good stuff.

Like today.... I was reading emails and somehow got sidetracked to the genealogy posts on the Family Tree Magazine forum page.  This post sparked my curiosity, and with a little more sleuthing, I found the following image on the Library of Congress website:

(click here to see the full image)
The caption read:

Twins become mothers together for second time in less than two years. Washington, D.C., April 7. Accustomed to doing practically the same things all their lives, these Washington twins, now mothers, have apparently decided that having their children together would certainly be in order. The mothers, Mrs. Eileen Moon, left, and Mrs. Kathleen Robie, last week gave birth to daughters to set a new record at Columbia Maternity Hospital. Mrs. Moon's youngster, whom she named Carol, was born on March 29, while Mrs. Robie's new daughter Nancy Lee first saw the light of day on April 1. This same thing happened in July 1937 when Mrs. Robie gave birth to a girl and a few hours later Mrs. Moon's baby, a boy, arrived

  • Digital ID: (digital file from original negative) hec 26626
  • Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-hec-26626 (digital file from original negative)
  • Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

My mom is the baby on the right.  I have to say, genealogy is doing well in the digital age!


  1. Hi Kathleen,
    I know what you mean about that black hole! I, too, love the smell of the older books. There's just something about them...hard to explain to someone who doesn't feel the same way. The photo is a priceless gem! It was meant to be, finding it as you did. I've been researching my family since I was 14, with my dad. Then for the past 18 years, I've been researching my hubby's family. My Family Tree program now has over 50,000 names in it. Of course, direct relationships are probably a third to a half of those. I like to flesh out the in-laws and their families, too.
    Come back and visit anytime. You're always welcome!
    Joy @

  2. How utterly amazing.
    And lovely to have found this.
    Were there no similar picturesin your family's archives?