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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Erin McBride!!!

Erin McBride (Notathreatinsight, #3762) has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Level Know Your Roots Merit Badge!

“I’ve been working on putting together a family tree, so I talked with my grandma a couple years ago about this. She helped me with some information about her grandparents and where they came from originally (Poland and Austria). I also have some pictures of her side of the family that are pretty old, and she helped me with some of the names of relatives in those pictures.

The family tree is an ongoing project that I’m only still in the planning stages of. Some of the pictures I have are hanging in my upstairs hallway. One is of my great-grandmother in her late teens or early 20s. Another is a wedding picture of my great-great-grandparents. The picture here is one that I have on a bookcase in my living room of my grandma, the one that I discussed family history with. I’m not sure where this picture was taken, but probably on a beach in Chicago, since she lived in Chicago all her life.”


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Congratulations Erin on being selected here for your ancestry work! It is fun to trace back the history of our families and meet the people and hear about their lives. We carry some of their DNA and when we wonder how we got certain physical and personality traits, it is powerful to learn we are not that different from someone else who lived many years ago.

  2. Cindi says:

    What a beautiful lady your grandmother is. Congratulations on your badge! You are so fortunate to still have family to share stories and help identify people in pictures. Searching ones family tree is not only interesting but very humbling. It changes the way we look at our family members in a very good way. I hope you create some wonderful photo albums during your research so your journey can be shared.

  3. Erin McBride says:

    Thank you Winnie and Cindi. She passed away in November, so I’m glad that I had a chance to talk with her about family history. I’m also lucky to live close to Fort Wayne. The main library in Fort Wayne is great for genealogy. I’ve heard it’s the next best library after Salt Lake City for genealogy research. I have an 18 x 18 scrapbook for my family tree project, but I haven’t been to the library to research it further yet.

  4. Congratulations, Erin! You are doing such a great job on your family history! The picture you shared of your Grandmother is so poignant! Hugs to our Wildflower Hen House Leader!

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