About Smallest Leaf

I'm Lisa / Smallest Leaf

I began writing several blogs about various branches of my family tree in 2007. This was certainly not the beginning of my interest in genealogy, however. I've been researching my family's story for more than a quarter of a century. You can read a little background at: Why Do I Trace My Family Tree? I initially began blogging to share with my extended family what I had learned. (See The Gift of the Photograph: Uniting Families With Their History for the full story.) Instead, I found that my readers often included many others: those with a connection to the places, cultures and other subjects that I write about. My hope is that as I continue to write I will help to encourage others, particularly young people, to gain a better understanding and appreciation of their own place in history.

Where Else to Find Me

My other blogs focus on my Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania Irish railroading and coal-mining ancestors (Small-leaved Shamrock) and my Irish Boston and Quincy, Massachusetts ancestors who emigrated after the famine (A Light That Shines Again). I am also a regular contributor to The Catholic Gene.

If you'd like to catch up with me on email, social networking sites, or elsewhere on the web, visit smallestleaf.com.

I choose not to write too much about myself on my various family history blogs. The preservation of the stories of my family's deeper history are usually my focus. However, you can learn a little more about me at The view from my corner of the world.

You might also enjoy reading the Geneabloggers' article: May I Introduce You to Smallest Leaf.

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comments, so please write!

Lisa / Smallest Leaf


  1. Hi, I have nominated you for a Liebster Award for your wonderful blog. You can see it here: http://amongmybranches.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/liebster-blog-award/

    Congratulations! William (amongmybranches)

    1. Thanks very much for the honor, William! I'm looking forward to reading more about the Hungarian branch of your family. Thanks again for visiting "100 Years in America"!

  2. Came across your blog through Geneabloggers and glad I did. Looks like I have similar roots in my ancestry. I look forward to digging deeper into your site so it can help me with my search. Thank you for a great resource.


    1. Hello Chris -

      I overlooked your comment until now. Thanks for reading and leaving a note! I hope we will cross paths again as we continue our research. I stopped by your blog and enjoyed seeing that you have written some nicely detailed posts. Keep up the great work!

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