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William Carlin: Waukesha County's Heaviest Man

Society’s obsession with weight is not a new phenomenon, but it seems a most curious detail to include in an obituary. William Carlin of the Town of Ottawa… 552 more words


Update from the Eastern Front

My grandmother, Doris, often wished she could reconnect with her mother’s relatives in Europe in her latter years.  But the ravages of two World Wars followed by the dropping of the Iron Curtain across most of eastern Europe made genealogical research nigh impossible. 683 more words


On This Day in 1905

On This Day in 1905, my 2nd great grandfather, Andrew Jackson Crane, died.

Jack, as he was known, was born January 8, 1852 to Jeremiah William Crane and Sarah Frances Grimes in Clarke County, Mississippi. 332 more words


The Flat: A film by Arnon Goldfinger


The other night we watched a fascinating movie, The Flat. It is a documentary made by Arnon Goldfinger about what he learns about his grandparents after his grandmother dies and he and his family clean out their apartment in… 302 more words


The Creeper of the Family Tree (revised)

A few times a week, especially when I’m feeling groggy, I’ll jog up and down the stairwells of my office building. Each time I hit the bottom landing I’ll turn down into the little-used basement and lay on the floor for my jack knifes, squats, and pushups. 704 more words


Brick Wall of the Month: Charles Cocke

My brick wall for the month of August is Charles Cocke.

Charles Cocke was born 12 November 1750, Halifax County, Virginia.
He married Eleanor Ewing (daughter of George Ewing) and they had at least one child, a daughter: Ellender Cocke. 108 more words


Cousins Can Be Found Anywhere

Recently, I went looking for some family history details on the Find a Grave website. My search was quite successful and I found a little something extra in the process. 436 more words