About Jeanie Croasmun

Jeanie Croasmun has been working at Ancestry.com while futilely attempting to prove the horse thief story in her family history for over seven years. During that time, she learned enough about her family to determine that the story is likely a great work of fiction. But the search continues ...

Past Articles

Carrie Underwood Is Related to Another American Idol

Posted on April 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

It turns out that queen of country music Carrie Underwood is related to another American idol: Abraham Lincoln. Carrie was born and raised in Oklahoma, but her OK roots are actually fairly recent. Back in the late 1700s, she had an ancestor who had moved from Pennsylvania to Kentucky: Abraham Lincoln. This wasn’t the Abraham… Read more

High School Yearbook Photos: Kings and Queens of Comedy

Posted on December 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Steve Martin, Roseanne Barr, Carol Burnnet, Robin Williams, Molly Shannon, and John Belushi stared in these high school yearbook photos before they stared on screen. Great commedians, are they born or made? Based on these yearbook photos, it’s hard to say. Some of these kings and queens of comedy obviously got off to an early… Read more

What Iconic American Food Helped America through WWII?

Posted on December 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Happy 75th, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Or Kraft Dinner, the original name, which Canadians still use to refer to one of their adopted national dishes. Cheese manufacturer James L. Kraft first introduced the Kraft Dinner (“KD”) in a mostly yellow box in 1937. It caught on during the lingering hard times of the Great Depression… Read more

“We see the Lady!”—Tales from the Immigrant Journey

Posted on December 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

The trip to America for many wasn’t an easy one. There was seasickness, less than appetizing food, crowded conditions, and the fear that when they arrived they would be turned away. But it was a life-changing journey for millions of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island and other U.S. ports. Sometimes stories of that journey… Read more

Royal Babies in the Spotlight: It’s a Family Tradition

Posted on December 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

Britain is officially on baby watch. Will and Kate are preggers. Once upon a time, royal heralds in livery made regal pronouncements with pomp and trumpets. Nowadays, word of the royal pregnancy went viral so quickly, you wonder who got to William first: Kate or Twitter? A new monarch in the making has always been… Read more

How Far Would You Go to Find Love?

Posted on December 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

Who needs online dating? When Davy Crockett decided he needed a new wife and mother for his children after his spouse Mary Finley died, he didn’t go far to find one. According to Crockett, “There lived in the neighbourhood, a widow lady whose husband had been killed in the war. She had two children, a… Read more

Two Tons of Rocky. What’s Not to Love?

Posted on December 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Folks in Brockton, MA, loves them some Rocky Marciano. Just last September, they got another ton—two tons to be exact—to love when a 22-foot statue of the Brockton Blockbuster was erected in town. The monument was a gift from the World Boxing Council and the unveiling timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Rocky’s… Read more

Twinkies and Beer: Fun with the Grandfolks in 1940

Posted on November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

Think you know what your grandparents were up to in 1940? Test your knowledge with this 1940 quiz. 1. Which snack favorite was not available in 1940? a. Twinkies b. Toll House cookies c. M&Ms d. Krispy Kremes 2. Which adult beverage brands got their start in 1940? a. Wild Turkey b. Jack Daniel’s Black… Read more

Why This Truly is the Land of Lincoln

Posted on November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

  George Washington fathered the country, but Abe Lincoln may have done more than any other president to populate it. The Homestead Act that Abraham Lincoln signed into law 150 years ago offered 160 acres of undeveloped public land in 30 states to qualified—and gutsy—men or women willing to try and tame the country’s vast… Read more

Wanted: U.S. President. Leather Merchants, Refrigerator Engineers, Please Apply

Posted on November 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

Everybody knows lawyers, businessmen, and generals become presidents. But what sort of blue-collar, working-class cred have our commanders in chief brought to the Oval Office? The U.S. Federal Census offers come clues—at least after 1850. The 1850 census was the first to list occupation. That year, Pierce, Lincoln, and Hayes are all practicing law. Zachary… Read more