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Common People - Review

Common People: The History of an English Family by Alison Light (Fig Tree, London 2014)

Having been promoting for nearly ten years the wider value of family history to our general understanding of the past, this year has seen my arguments vindicated in double measure… 608 more words


Cousin Love

an altogether unique bond reflected in these beloved faces

giving thanks, indeed!!!!

Family History

A Turn of the Century Danish Confirmation

Like most young Danes, Kathrine Christensen was just about fourteen years old when she was confirmed as a member of the Lutheran church.1 This ceremony, which took place on 22 April 1900, would also have signified the conclusion of her formal schooling, making it, in a sense, a graduation ceremony as well.2 Kathrine, the youngest daughter of Laust Christensen and Ane Nielsen of the rural community of Taabel, was confirmed at the imposing… 537 more words

Family History

Eyewitness to Malaya

This 2-part story is condensed from an article that ran in The West Australian newspaper on Saturday, 7 March 1942.  It is the report of Major General Henry Gordon Bennett: 451 more words


Nov. 24, 2014: The original soundtrack.

Something a little different this week …

My grandma wanted my grandpa to buy a car, according to family lore.

Instead, he went out and spent $100 — in 1941 money — to buy a machine that not only played 78-rpm records, but… 601 more words


Farmer Delivering Milk Hit by Trolley Car

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Tuesday, November 24, 1914: <<no entry>>

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Sometimes when Grandma didn’t write anything, I wish that she’d told us mundane things– like what her family discussed over the dinner table that day. 38 more words

Family History

Thanksgiving Reading II

Thanksgiving Week is here and I have already started on some of my Thanksgiving Reading.

One of the books that I have checked out from the library is… 212 more words