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Lovely Brown Icons

This week I just want to quickly share my excitement over the incredibly simple and important tools now available on familysearch.org.  Two new views were recently added which show either a traditional director-ancestor pedigree (“landscape view”) or up to four ancestors of descendants and their spouses (“descendancy view”).   532 more words

Toward Happiness

The Shanks - Phillipsburg, Missouri - Late 1930's

When my grandmother died in 1921 at the age of 40, my grandfather, Eli Shank, remarried a couple of years later.  The woman he married, Carrie Massey, was a widow with three children, Finis, Hayden and Burniece.  164 more words


First and Second World War memories to be digitally archived

To mark the centenary of the First World War, and the 70th anniversary of VE Day, Cheltenham Borough Council is working with the University of Gloucestershire to record local history from within the community. 253 more words


Spring Break at the Sunset Pacific Motel on Sunset Boulevard

Before the art installations, graffiti parties, or Halloween parties, before squatters took over and it was ever nicknamed Bates Motel, the Sunset Pacific motel on Sunset was simply known as Mr. 837 more words

Los Angeles

Exploring Newspapers: How Did Reese Blake Pope Live So Long?

My great-great grandfather, Reese Blake Pope was born in Bellville, Texas on 11 November 1878. He lived to be 94 years old and died in January 1973 in Kerr, Texas. 188 more words


Battalian Mates

Continuing our special feature on Tom Keating from Belmore, we have a photograph here of Tom with his comrades of the 33rd Battalion. The soldier’s next major battle was around Passchendaele on 12 October. 105 more words

Trapp, Family History

Family Genealogy

Strong genes of great looks and intelligence run through the Trapp family. Tracing these genes back gives you a greater understanding of where these genes come from and who your ancestors really are. 567 more words

Family History