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"It's Morning" (Guest Post by My Grandma!)

Hello good readers! This post is something special. My grandma wrote a short manuscript, created from scraps of things she jotted down over a series of years.  2,920 more words

Something Completely Different

Preparing a family history book for publication.

Today, is the first chance I have had to sit down for at least four hours and work on a few things I need to do in regards to furthering my family history book. 603 more words


What Lurks in Your Parents' Attic?

What lurks in your parents’ attic, basement or storage locker? You never know until the time comes to help clear these locations, a time that could also be fraught with the sadness of losing a parent. 345 more words

Historical Fiction

The Torode Family of Guernsey

The name TORODE was introduced into the Channel Islands during the pre Conquest invasion of Normandy by the Vikings. In 911 King Charles the Simple ceded the whole of what we know as Normandy and Brittany to the Viking leader Rollo. 15,696 more words

Family History


On my mother’s side of the family, the family surnames are Shank and McMenus.  As I wrote earlier, McMenus is a variation of McManus, and we from Lawrence and Catherine Cattrall (MacCollin) MacManus of North Carolina and earlier from Ireland.  1,023 more words


Emily Patience

There is a George Pye in a distant branch of my Pye tree who married Emily Patience Lawton in 1897.  No father’s name was listed for Emily and therefore I assumed that she was illegitimate. 404 more words


Gawsworth Post Office

Gawsworth is a pretty village in Cheshire, quite close to Macclesfield. It has BIG family history connections for my wife. And that includes the old village Post office. 377 more words