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Paddy Ashdown: The Cruel Victory

Paddy Ashdown discusses his new book, The Cruel Victory, which tells the long-neglected D-Day story of the Resistance uprising and subsequent massacre on the Vercors massif – the largest action by the French Resistance during the Second World War. 130 more words


Thanksgiving at Aunt Barb's

Good memories of Thanksgiving with Aunt Barb in Temple City, California.  This was probably in the early 1980s.
L-R:  Peter Catterick, Harriet Claycomb, Tom Claycomb, Helen Claycomb, Donna Catterick, Barb Claycomb Davis, Doug Crews, Jeanie Claycomb Crews, Johanna Claycomb.


Genealogical Services - Who and what do they do?

Professional genealogists may also be called family history researchers, for their job is to discover family roots. Essentially these researchers are involved in tracing the ancestry of people, their descendants, searching for records and also advising on DNA testing. 343 more words

Family History Researchers


Perhaps the reason my great-grandfather, Jack Payne, was so strict with his daughters when it came to keeping company with young men, was what had happened to his sister, Katey Ann. 252 more words


Mayflower Ancestry

Religion in Family History

Two years ago I wrote a post about my Pilgrim Ancestry. In the post I wrote about my ancestor Francis Sprague who had come to Plymouth Colony on the… 410 more words


Cover Design

Long before the final copy-edit I had concluded that my first and unusual hybrid non-fiction book containing elements of genealogy, heir-hunting, and social and family history would not attract a main stream publisher. 234 more words

Seeking John Campbell

WWI Soldier Images in Massachusetts

In 1935, the Boston Globe donated some 8,400 images of WWI soldiers to the State Library of Massachusetts.  While these images are primarily of soldiers from Massachusetts, there are some of soldiers from surrounding states.  14 more words