Category Archives: Family Research

FamilySearch Communities

FamilySearch recently added a community feature, and it is free! The community area offers forums in which to ask or to answer questions, to upload documents for translation assistance, and to find links to related resources, such as foreign word … Continue reading

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Records of the Skies: Obtaining Airplane Records

My last post featured tracing a former “family” airplane to its modern owner in order to share photographs and information. Tracing a family artifact, no matter the size, helps to flesh out fragmented stories, produces facts to weave into a … Continue reading

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Hope

The tiny Ercoupe caught my father’s eye in 1950. In 2017, that seventy-one-year-old airplane reminded me of the goodness in others. Of hope. 

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Relocating for Religion: The Christian Catholic Church and “The Leaves of Healing”

Faith healing. A flat earth. The promise of a Utopian society.[1] If not for a religious sect whose doctrine makes me squirm, I would not be alive.

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Cherished Tokens

We first bagged those things that made my mother appear familiar. It was a logical place to begin. Her clothing was nearest the door. Discarding and donating the clothes of a dead woman has its ghosts.

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Grandpa Christmas, a Priceless Gift from a Free Newspaper Collection

Christmas is a time for family. A gathering of the generations. The laughter and the memories created are special. But we all have family members who we never shared a single Christmas with.

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All Aboard! Railroad Retirement Board Records

Announcements appeared in the past week. The Midwest Genealogy Center added a Railroad Retirement Board Claim Records Index covering 1936 to the early 2000s. Few sample documents have been described or shown. As appealing as another index sounds, some will … Continue reading

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