In this week's Roundup: About 500 descendants of slaves sold by Jesuit priests gather for unique reunion in Iberville Parish
In this week's Roundup: Reclaim the Records has obtained and published almost 100 years' worth of public death records from Buffalo, NY. Check out the article for more info and to see what's next!
In this week's Roundup: "There is a joy in receiving a letter in the post, a hidden gem: a piece of someone’s heart among the bills." Grandmas: riding on the wing of a bi-plane in flight and hanging out with Mercury-7 astronauts, plus lots of other cool grandparents; an orphan heirloom reunion, and lots more.
In this week's Roundup: an advice column on responding to secrets unearthed by DNA, families are reunited with fallen military members decades later, a unique and intriguing gift idea, and more...
In this week's Roundup: the Peruvian artist who painstakingly recreates portraits of his ancestors, news on the upcoming season of WDYTYA, a fun quiz that (may) identify where you live by your speech patterns, and more.
In this week's Roundup, explore the long-vacant custodian's apartment at the Fort Washington branch of the New York Public Library (including the "death chute"!) and read about a sad motivation for DNA testing (fortunately the exception, rather than the norm).
Lots of inspiration this week! Start with a look at a memorial which had as its genesis this thought: "The character of a nation as a people of great deeds is one, it appears to me, that should never be lost sight of." Explore the story of Lucy Lee Shirley, a woman who transcended the shadows of slavery and domestic abuse and who, among other things, was able to educate herself and her family and leave her children more than $23,000 in today’s money; check out the update on the DNA of long-lived Italians which was previously reported as stolen, and more.
This quarter, I'm awarding a grant to Mac Titmus and his co-volunteers of Long Island Genealogy. Long Island research can actually be quite challenging, so I'm really happy to support a resource I've found to be so helpful. Since they never charge for information, the group would like to file for not-for-profit status, which has a number of costs associated with it. The post explains how you can join me in supporting them.
I recently took a peek into the family tree of Tim Kaine in a piece that combined a big-picture perspective with a mini-saga of the Kaine branch. During the course of my research, though, I came across other random tidbits of interest, so thought I’d share them clustered by branch of the family tree.
No sooner had Hillary Clinton announced Tim Kaine as her running mate than articles on his roots began to appear – mostly about his inherent Irishness. But what else was there to learn?