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Have you discovered a colorful character or two somewhere in your family tree? Anyone who hunted and killed 101 Black Bears? None of my plain old boring ancestors did that, either. But I ran across ...
by GrumpyOldGeek
Comment Count 23 comments on Fri May 08, 2015 at 09:12 AM PDT with 11 Recommends
This is a GFHC Open Thread. Let's start with the treasured four-generations picture. The adorable little runaway toddler is your's truly. Not so grumpy, I'd say. But this picture was taken in 1949. ...
by GrumpyOldGeek
Comment Count 15 comments on Fri Mar 13, 2015 at 10:22 AM PDT with 14 Recommends
Stories are one way that families shape themselves and frame the present and future. From a young age I heard the family stories about ancestors who had exercised religious freedom, sometimes at ...
by Wee Mama
Comment Count 13 comments on Fri Jan 16, 2015 at 07:44 AM PST with 11 Recommends
Until lately I knew almost nothing about Charles Price, my grandmother's great-grandfather, beyond his name and the relevant dates of birth and death. For reasons any family historian will ...
by slksfca
Comment Count 29 comments on Fri Nov 28, 2014 at 09:00 AM PST with 19 Recommends
Genealogy & Family History ...
by figbash
Comment Count 34 comments on Fri Oct 24, 2014 at 09:30 AM PDT with 19 Recommends
As my mother approaches her 101st birthday, her mind is on fire with long-ago memories. Today, she told me the story of her grandmother, Sarah Plotkin Weintraub, who, in the early 20th century, was ...
by gloriasb
Comment Count 46 comments on Fri Oct 10, 2014 at 11:14 AM PDT with 55 Recommends
Getting to know the places your ancestors lived, both physically and sociologically, can enhance your research, fleshing out the names and dates, and also can help suggest new ways to find further ...
by mayim
Comment Count 30 comments on Fri Oct 03, 2014 at 08:59 AM PDT with 16 Recommends
by figbash
Comment Count 67 comments on Fri Sep 26, 2014 at 09:02 AM PDT with 34 Recommends
I've had a great genealogy-filled summer this year. Well, at least as "genealogy-filled" as I'm going to get as long as I have children living at home. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean that I ...
by Jim H
Comment Count 37 comments on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 09:24 AM PDT with 14 Recommends
I guess I should have expected it, with so many relatives from Maryland and Virginia. But of course no one talked about it, so how was I to know? Here's how I found out: among the various effects ...
by TheOtherMaven
Comment Count 16 comments on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 01:52 PM PDT with 13 Recommends
How many total ancestors do you have? Genealogists identify ancestors by following paper trails preserved in archives—traditional and digital. Although the goals of genealogists vary, a large ...
by Ruby JM
Comment Count 188 comments on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 05:34 PM PDT with 144 Recommends
My grandmother always told us that her grandfather was named "Jake Biggins" (names and other details anonymized to protect the guilty) and that he came from the state of "Podunkia". There was extant ...
by TheOtherMaven
Comment Count 4 comments on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 06:00 AM PDT with 3 Recommends
I'm going to tell the story about a real family who experienced the horrors of the witch-craze in 17th century Germany. The people, places, and events are based on original official documents with ...
by GrumpyOldGeek
Comment Count 25 comments on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 08:54 AM PDT with 15 Recommends
This isn't a long one this week; but volunteers for hosting Open Threads have been a bit sparse as of late. So, I thought I'd come out of hiding and pull my weight with a little quickie diary about ...
by Jim H
Comment Count 31 comments on Fri May 30, 2014 at 09:05 AM PDT with 10 Recommends
I've had some thoughts lately that I wanted to get out, so I hope I can be coherent. I was in the supermarket checkout line a few weeks ago, and I had purchased the fixings for home-made spaghetti ...
by The grouch
Comment Count 19 comments on Sat May 17, 2014 at 08:18 AM PDT with 13 Recommends
Pre-1870 research. AAAARGH! Especially if you've done any African-American family history research, you know exactly what I’m talking about. You collect your records; birth records, marriage ...
by edwardssl
Comment Count 26 comments on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:10 AM PDT with 19 Recommends
One day when I stopped by to visit, I noticed Dad was limping a little, and using a cane. A sore foot, he said, nothing to worry about. I didn’t know he had a cane, and asked him about it. “I’...
by Laurel in CA
Comment Count 8 comments on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM PDT with 11 Recommends
I was inspired by a conversation I had with shortfinals in his recent diary on WW II era RAF aircraft to pull out some correspondence between my great-grandmother, "Aunt May", and her niece Dorothy. ...
by commonmass
Comment Count 22 comments on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 06:10 PM PST with 32 Recommends
About the time he retired in the early 90's, my uncle took up an interest in genealogy. He spent at least a decade searching records, corresponding with distant relatives, and visiting them when ...
by Jim H
Comment Count 29 comments on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 09:02 AM PST with 12 Recommends
These immigrants are the most ignorant and stupid people of their own country. They can never adopt our language or customs, anymore than they can adopt our skin color. They used to not get ...
by hayden
Comment Count 44 comments on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 09:35 AM PDT with 40 Recommends