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Understanding Maiden and Married Names: Do your students know the difference?

One thing I love about teaching ESL is that my students around the world remind me that you can’t always make assumptions, especially about cultural issues. 561 more words


Richard Cassels and the ladies who commissioned him

When Edward Lovett Pearce died in 1733 at the tragically young age of 34, the mantle of greatest living architect working in Ireland passed to the German-born Richard Cassels. 904 more words

Murder in Memphis Missouri

I walk through cemeteries. I view headstones, markers, and read the various inscriptions. Occasionally I will pause and wonder, “Why did he/she have such a short life?” or “Is this area a family plot?” 796 more words


Samuel Okey (c1713-1768)

The genealogy of the Okey family of the City of London is an interesting subject for several reasons. To start with, it’s a distinctive name and there’s a potential connection to the famous regicide whose journey to Tyburn, where he was barbarically hung, drawn and quartered, was witnessed and recorded by… 3,557 more words

My Surname Master List

I already made a Surname chart, but I have found so many more surnames since then (thanks Charlemagne!) that I figured it may be best to just bite the bullet and write up a master list of Surnames. 440 more words

My Roots


This inaugural blog post is dedicated to my mémère, Olive Anita (Plante) Buchanan. Olive, the eighth of nine children, was born to proud French Canadian parents Hormisdas (1878-1950) and Mucy (Forget) Plante (1878-1977) in 1914 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. 437 more words


They Are the Reason

Four people are Primarily responsible for my introduction and subsequent enthusiasm for family history.

Grace Smiley Coleman (1904-1997)

My grandmother Coleman rocked me to sleep as a small boy telling tales of my Coleman / Smiley / Robbins ancestry. 247 more words