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Priming the family story pump

When I was starting my family research paper for my Mexican American history class so many years ago, my professor told us to start with what we know — to start with the living. 278 more words


January 27, 2015 - Winter wonderland

I did not sleep well last night and ended up waking up for the last time at about  6 am.  I went into the bathroom and peeked out the window to find that the driveway still had no snow on it.  486 more words


Post the Thirteenth: In Which I Trace My Family Tree

While I would love  to claim that I’ve traced my ancestry to a microbe of Pre-Adamite descent, it’s just not true, Gentle Reader. I can merely trace my family, father-to-son, to 1200 A. 577 more words


Researching Census Records On Microfilm & Paper

Believe it or not, twenty years ago microfilm or binders of paper were the only way to research census records.  To say that today, we are spoiled by the internet and indexed searches is putting it mildly.  476 more words

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #4

How quickly week 4 of this year has come along! Here are my responses to Cee’s week 4 questions on Share Your World.

Where did you live at age five? 633 more words


Auschwitz Museum

Spaces have profound impact on us.  It wasn’t until I went to Divinity School that I really took time to consider what a space could mean to me.   457 more words


A Diamond in the Mailbox: A Letter from Walter John Bateson, November 29, 1970

16 King Street, North,

Alliston, Ontario


November 29, 1970

Dear Cousin Douglas:

I hope that this finds you and your family all in good health.

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