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The "Homeplace" of George A. Roberts and Ella V. Daniel, Jasper County, Iowa. Image taken circa 1900 and hand colored.

The “Homeplace” of George A. Roberts and Ella V. Daniel, Jasper County, Iowa. Image taken circa 1900 and hand colored. Two of the barns are still standing.



“Heritage Ramblings” are the interesting people, places, events, and topics we have found on our journey climbing our family tree.

We hope this blog is a good way to share our family stories with those far and near, and a way to get all the generations to know, talk about, and understand their rich heritage. Genealogy is so much more than just names and dates- it’s the stories that help us all connect through time.

Of course, we also hope this blog will be “cousin bait”! If you are related to these families, we would really love to hear from you and share even more information than possible to include on the blog. Use our “Contact Us” button to send us an email.

Please check back frequently to see our latest posts, or sign up using the subscribe box on the right. We don’t know how frequently we will be posting, as each time one starts to write a story, it seems there is more to research to fill in the holes. Hopefully, though, we can stop researching and tell the stories on a regular basis!

We hope to share the heritage stories of the following families:


and of course, all sorts of creative spelling variations of these names!


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Copyright 2013 by Heritage Ramblings Blog, pmm, and jrw.



  1. Love the Jasper County farms image! Super! My wife’s family passed through in late 1800s, as did many others! Small world.

    Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of “13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories” and family saga novels in The Homeplace Series such as: “Back to the Homeplace”
    The Heritage Tourist at In-Depth Genealogist:

    • pmm says:

      I love that farm image too. It is amazing that 2 of the barns still stand after 100+ years, though they are in decline and need some TLC.

      Thank you for looking at our blog!


  2. Hi. I found your site through Geneabloggers, and I’m glad I did. Welcome. It’s chock full of information. I’ll be visiting often.
    Warm regards,
    Deborah Tomasetti Perham

  3. Diane Murrell says:

    Wow! I love it.

    • pmm says:

      Glad you like our blog. Thank YOU for so much help with the Murrell and Roberts families- your persistence really has paid off with much new information found. So happy we found each other, Cousin!

  4. Welcome to Geneabloggers! I just came across your blog. I was pulled in by the surname Murrell. Looking forward to reading more.

    • pmm says:

      Thanks, Andrea. I have more Murrell info coming up in a week or so.

      I took a look at your blog- very nice! We’ll have to see if there are any Murrell connections between our families.

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