I suppose that everyone has a few “a ha!” moments in the research of their family history. One such surprise occurred when my father related that German POWs had worked on his U.S. Army base as he trained on B-17s during World War II. While I’ve related this story in my book, it still shocks me … Continue reading
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The future of public libraries and Costco “treasure hunts”
As a library lover, I have to wonder what the future holds in the wake of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited announcement. $9.99 a month now buys access to over 600K titles. Of course, there are many more millions of books in the world, but what are the majority of people reading? My guess is that most … Continue reading
The best Christmas gift I ever received as an adult
As I dug through the family albums to find pictures for Hatched in Newtown, it was fun to see pictures that I didn’t remember. Had I seen the pictures before and forgotten them or had I uncovered them for the first time in my adult life? There is no way to know for sure, but … Continue reading
Searching for Civil War Ancestors – A few helpful links
I recently attended a presentation hosted by the Stratford Historical Society by Keith Miller, who spoke of the roughly 1000 men who served in the Civil War from Fairfield County, Connecticut. There were probably about 50 people in the audience and it was clear that many of them wanted to discuss Civil War topics with … Continue reading
Mark Twain and Childhood Homes – Some things DO stay the same!
“Nothing remains the same. When a man goes back to look at the house of his childhood, it has always shrunk: there is no instance of such a house being as big as the picture in memory and imagination for.” — Mark Twain As I passed through Hannibal, Missouri, on my recent cross-country trip, I … Continue reading
Finding the rightful home for lost artifacts…in England, the Metropolitan Opera in NYC, and Virginia!
I was working with my dad in the barn the other day and we came across a bunch of old picture frames. One of them had this picture in it. “It looks European,” said Dad. I wondered why a picture of this church would end up in my dad’s barn, but he explained that he … Continue reading
Enlisting Help for World War II Family Research
Are the facts right? I’m almost done with my family history and have been determined throughout to make sure that I’m writing a story that accurately aligns with history and other sources of data. One of the last items that I needed to confirm was whether my uncle’s name really appeared on the various World … Continue reading