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Planning a Short Story Collection

My short story collection manuscript about a cursed family on Long Island has been shelved for awhile. Before editing the final stories I want to distance myself from it. 885 more words


The story of who I am

My grandfathers

As I’ve sought to understand myself and heal from the particular broken places within me, I’ve learned that the journey to knowing myself doesn’t stop with me. 1,793 more words


Mary Ann Nicholson Quinn (née Martin) (1808-1872)

June 1808? – Born in unknown place but probably Portsea, Hampshire. Daughter of James Martin and Mary Ann Martin (née Nic(h)olson).

10th June 1808 – Christened at St Mary’s, Portsea, Hampshire. 360 more words

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Fifty Years Ago Today

Today, 21 Jan 2017, marks fifty years of marriage for Janis and me. Yes, fifty years ago I watched her father escort my weeping bride down the aisle of St Rita Church in Harahan. 873 more words

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Gateway Ancestor: Edward Foulke

When tracing ancestors across the centuries, kin are often clustered together in a similar locations, an economic situation, or an ethnic identity.  A gateway ancestor is anyone with known or traceable ancestry from one specific group who marries into another group. 2,627 more words


Bridget McIntyre (née Dolan) (1835-?)

1835? – Born in Ireland. Daughter of Michael Dolan and ?.

12th June 1855 – Married Francis McIntyre (surname spelled Mackintire) in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel, Durham, County Durham. 535 more words


Blown Away By Stanley...Tasmania Continued.

If you have ever dreamed of flying, then you’d better head off to the historic town of Stanley in North-West Tasmania. The winds were so strong, that they nearly lifted this mighty heavy hephalump right off the ground like a kite. 647 more words