Ad Libetum

Our blog name, Ad Libetum, is a latin phrase meaning “as it pleases”. Mostly, our posts are about genealogy, and home decor. Everything else is in the “Ad Libetum” category. It’s inspired by weekly columns found in newspapers.



Everything Else


Expecting fish, but turtles show up

Turtle sunning itself out by our pond. We seem to have our own private "Turtletopia". Our pond is swarming with a variety of turtles. I love watching them and trying to discover more about them. Up to now, I've only rarely seen one outside a pet shop or someone's...

Our Alabama Pond
Jul 10, 2019

Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

The information I have about Edward (Edwin) Wills is very limited and comes primarily from census data.  I have not been able to pinpoint his exact year of birth, his age varies from one census to another by just a couple of years. I am a descendant through his son...

Apr 14, 2013

John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

John Harvey Wills, the father of my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills, was born in Bedford County, Virginia according to his reporting in various census records. The 1900 census has him in the Cabin Creek District of Kanawha County WV.  It gives his birth date as...

Barker, Wills
Mar 6, 2013
Honzura Rider

Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Honzura Rider was born April 7, 1888.  His birth record has him named Hans Ulrich Rider.  Somehow this became Honzura but there isn't much record to explain when he started using Honzura.  I've just assumed it was a breakdown of pronunciation of Hans Ulrich since...

Rider, Wills
Mar 3, 2013

Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

After a long time away from my blog, my genealogy projects and my other hobbies I finally had the opportunity to work them back into my routine.  I decided to do a little exploring at some area shops and spend some time with two of my favorite people, my daughter...

Mar 25, 2012


Latin phrase meaning “as it pleases”.  Our blog covers an array of topics.



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