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To begin at the beginning ...

The object of this blog is to explore the lives of my ancestors. It will be based on the hard facts of their names, dates, residence and occupations, just like any other family tree should. 263 more words


Browse Collections on FamilySearch

Have you ever used the browse collections on FamilySearch?  If you haven’t, I would like to introduce you to a new friend.  A very good friend. 649 more words


Men Who Come From Jank Ass Stock.

“Make sure he comes from hearty stock,” my mother once told me, as though we were sitting by a hearth in the south. But regardless of her somewhat antiquated-sounding warning, the woman had a point that I wouldn’t understand until much later. 123 more words

May Day and Flower Baskets for Grandma

When I was a girl I hung a flower basket on my grandma’s door every single year.  They were usually made of woven construction paper in pretty colors with a handle stapled on that fit over the door knob.   1,257 more words

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Writing Your Family Cookbook - Writing Food History Summer 2016

College of DuPage  Tuesdays, 7/26-8/9 3:30 -6 p.m.

Harper College  Saturdays, 7/30-8/13  10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Your family recipes and recounts of memorable meals make great writing. 124 more words

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Cause of Death: Senility?

Lately I’ve been obsessed with death certificates. Apparently, I’m not alone. A recent family history trend involves mapping causes of death within a particular line and noting patterns. 329 more words

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The Treasure Box..... a lesson in life...

Everyone has something they gravitate towards when they collect, or go to a swap meet or flea market.  For my wife it is boxes, more specifically boxes with things in them. 809 more words