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{30 Things} Day 3

{30 Things} My Sweet Children Should Know About Me

Day 3 – Describe your relationship with your spouse.

First of all, my spouse is John Hardman. 460 more words


In Memoriam: My WW II Soldiers - Part 2

Richard Perry Rush was my third cousin. His grandfather, Emmitt Rush, had moved his family from Kentucky to Texas when Richard’s father, James Richard (“Jim”) was a child. 419 more words

Book Review: America's First Daughter

Read my book review of America’s First Daughter on the Book Review Page.  Great Historical Fiction about Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter.

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In Memoriam: My WW II Soldiers - Part 1

It is estimated that 15 million soldiers died during the Second World War — 416,800 from the United States, according to one source.

It’s no wonder my family history contains the stories of so many cousins who were casualties of World War II.   1,267 more words

Mystery Solved - Maggie Elizabeth Pyatt

Several years ago I posted about a family mystery that existed on the Pyatt side of my family.  Click here to see my original post.  The mystery concerned what happened to my Grand Aunt, Maggie Elizabeth Pyatt, who passed away at the age of 17.   538 more words

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Memorial Day 2016

To all the veterans out there, I offer my sincere thanks for your service.

I was born in 1944, during World War II. In the postwar years, every kid I knew had a family member who served in the military during WWII, most only their fathers, but a few mothers also served in the military. 1,553 more words

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Elation and Frustration: The Reality of Family History Research

Another day, another archives visit. Off I went to the aptly named “Discovery Museum” in Newcastle which houses the Tyne and Wear Archives. Filled with anticipation and enthusiasm, I was on the trail of my one-handed gypsy 5x great grandmother Charlotte Burnett. 650 more words

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