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52 Ancestors #40 - On This Day - James Otis Burke

I’ve been participating in the “52 Ancestor” challenge all year, following along with the weekly themes and having a great time. BUT…I work out of the country for months at a time and generally write and schedule the blogs in advance. 320 more words



On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.

Frank Leonard Cunningham: 1st October

Graduate Member since 1907.

At the outbreak of war he was a student at University College London (UCL). 364 more words


Genealogy Personalizes History

I love history. I have even made my living as a history teacher, but until I finished high school I thought I hated the whole subject. 401 more words


The 115 Year Old Collaboration

I wonder what my great-great grandmother would think about, had she known 115 years ago, that her great-great granddaughter would one day be carefully scanning her glass negatives on to her computer. 400 more words


Letters from Normal School: June 3, 1940 - last letter home.

23 McKenzie Ave.,

June 3, 1940

Dear Folks,–

Just a line to let you know that I’m still alive. This will likely be the last one you will get unless something unforeseen happens. 310 more words



On the 25th September 1915 five of our members died on the battlefield at (or near) Loos; William Douglass James, William Casson, Herbert Dudley Ellis, Vivian Gordon and William Crew Tremearne. 696 more words