While researching the founding families of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studying their names and occupations in the 1820’s, I discovered that spinster daughters of wealthy families like the Ballantynes were often passionate about genealogy. I found this rather amusing and ironic given they weren’t helping perpetuate the family lines! But these older maidens/matrons enjoyed a bit of genealogical meddling, so to speak, and left some fine records for us today.
This is where Andra Ballantyne gets her rather obsessive preoccupation in Love’s Awakening.
Straight from the pages of Pittsburgh history!
Any genealogists out there? Any skeletons in your family tree? Or saints?