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The winner of the $25 gift certificate from BetterWorldBooks is…


As a matter of fact, this went so well, we have decided to run it on a monthly basis. Periodically, the prize may change, but the contest will always end the last day of the month. One entry is permitted per person or email address.

I have sent a confirmation to Joan Bos via the email address on her comment. Joan, if you do not receive this confirmation today for any reason, please contact me directly at christineblythe500’at’ and I will respond with the prize or instructions for getting your prize.



For the first time, I’m offering the opportunity for one person to win a gift certificate for $25 for BetterWorldBooks.


BetterWorldBooks offers a broad selection of genealogy and other books and since they offer free shipping worldwide, the entire $25 will go towards your purchase.

Write a valid comment on a post on this Empty Nest Genealogy site and you will be entered in the draw. Only one entry per person is allowed. I reserve the right to eliminate ‘spam’ comments.


The contest officially ends on November 30, 2013, just in time to redeem your gift certificate for Christmas. The winner’s name will be announced in a post on December 1, 2013 and the post will also provide instructions for the winner to claim the prize.

The photos to the left are examples of a few of the numerous titles offered.

A fifties' child, mom, wife, avid genealogy researcher, web contributor and author/owner of four blogs including Empty Nest Ancestry, Feathering the Empty Nest Nest, Top Web Blog Tips, Job Bully, and our extensive family genealogy database site at Blythe Genealogy.


  • Melinda Jane (Rowe) Kessler

    Researching family of Betsy See & Peter Shoemaker, my ancestors. Have family lore of Betsey being stolen by Indians as a young girl, ‘married’ to either a fellow prisoner or Indian. Bearing a child. Then when her brothers came to claim her freedom (treaty/exchange?) she refused to leave her ‘husband’ & child who were not to be freed. Her brothers reportedly took her by force. The Indians would bring her child out where she could see it at times.
    She later married Peter Shoemaker & had children. Solomon Shoemaker was either a son or grandson of Peter & Betsy and father of Melinda Jane Shoemaker Shaw, my 2xs great grandma. There are stories about how tough Solomon was into his old age. He was a cooper by trade.