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Nauvoo Blacksmith Shop - George Brown

We had a great experience in Nauvoo, Illinois. Not only did we make some amazing family history discoveries on Kathy’s side of the family, but we were able to experience so many different trades relevant to the life of a frontier pioneer in the mid 1800’s.

One in particular was of most interest to us because of how it related to my ancestor George Brown. George Brown was a blacksmith in the 1800’s and after making this discovery it made our experience at the blacksmith shop in old Nauvoo so much more interesting. I felt like I could see into the past and understand what it must have really been like for my Great Great Grandpa Brown as a blacksmith. As someone who has owned his own small business for the past 13 years, I could see that in a lot of ways things haven’t changed very much in the last 150 years. I am sure that my great great grandfather had a lot of the same challenges running his business that I have had running mine. Customers must have wanted things done yesterday. I am sure that some of his customers probably paid very well, while some probably didn’t pay  at al. I’m sure that he had employees that needed to be trained and retrained to get the job done just right.

 I couldn’t help but wonder, while we were watching the blacksmithing demonstrations, what kind of a person he must have been. I wanted to know how he decided to become a blacksmith, was there someone in his life who influenced him to pursue this trade or did he discover at some point early in his life that he was good at the trade and so he stayed with it throughout the remainder of his life. This is what is so amazing about this trip and what is so amazing about doing family history. We make these insightful discoveries on Ancestry.com and then we can go out the next day and live a little in the life of that very ancestor. As I look back over the photos we have taken so far on this trip, I feel like a sponge that just wants to soak in as much as I possibly can. I am grateful for the example of George Brown and for the contribution he made to the lives of those in his community and family and now for the contribution he has made to my life. Thanks Grandpa George!

Ancestry.com would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! What are some of the things you are thankful for on this Thanksgiving day?

Ancestry.com would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! What are some of the things you are thankful for on this Thanksgiving day?


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Ancestry.com Great, Great, Great Grand Adventure: Listen to a story by Kathy who is telling us about her search for Mary Ginger, her great, great grandmother while hunting among headstones.

Go see more of the Brown family and their adventures at http://www.ancestry.com/adventure

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Ancestry.com Great, Great, Great Grand Adventure: Listen to a story by Kathy who is telling us about her two great great grandfathers being neighbors in Nauvoo, a place they recently visited on their trip. 

Go see more of the Brown family and their adventures at http://www.ancestry.com/adventure

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