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Major James Brown of Franklin, Pennsylvania

Major James Brown was an excellent little man, who lived at the lower end of town, down toward Capt. Smith’s ferry. He was a drum-major of the land forces at Erie, in 1812, “who drummed up a tune that rushed the Americans right on to victory,” that “feared nothing of the face of clay.” Down near where the Union School building was what was in those days called “Parks meadow,” which was surrounded by a high board fence. 162 more words


Genealogical Value of Indiana’s Insane Record Books

There is a multitude of genealogical and historical data available in Indiana’s Insane record books. In addition to interesting information about family and community dynamics, there is valuable genealogical information that can be gleaned from these records, especially the later ones. 156 more words


Connections to India

Before I began researching I did not imagine that any of my reasonably close blood relatives or their spouses would have lived on the Indian subcontinent.  674 more words

My DNA Story

A couple of months ago I took an Ancestry DNA test. The results came back last week. I have a whole load of matches that will be useful in my research including a second cousin on my dad’s side. 56 more words

Family History

The cure for fearing Russian-language genealogy websites to make breakthroughs

Millions of records are available online for those researching their ancestors from the former Russian Empire. These records are completely free to access and download. 645 more words


Cousin Killed in Storm

A third cousin of mine, Terry Niko, was killed in a storm that hit Des Plaines, Illinois in July 1972.  The newspaper report says the storm had tornado like winds, and heavy rain.  504 more words

Family History

The Dream (or The Search for Family History)

the pages


piles on

a kitchen counter that’s long gone

2 stacks

mine before me

waiting to be bound

you on my right

nights of sorting through yellowed papers… 64 more words