Category Archives: My Life

#52Ancestors: Favorite Photo

I can’t say that I have “a favorite photo.” I have pictures of myself that I like. In my scanning of family photos, I have found many that I love. Nothing stands out as a “favorite of all.” I’ve been … Continue reading

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Postcards from Germany, Part 1

I spent Christmas Day, 2019, scanning some of my mother-in-law’s old family photos. Some of them had long notes on the back, written in German. Her mother, Helen Schiesl, was born in Munich, or M√ľnchen, in 1892. Thought I took … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors: Fresh Start

I had to make a fresh start on researching my family tree when I discovered evidence that a lot of family trees already out there – and even a headstone – were wrong. When I first started this journey, everyone … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors: My Memories of 9/11

I signed up to take part in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge for 2020. The final prompt of 2019 was “You.” What do you want future generations to know about you? I have thought for a while that … Continue reading

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Professional Development for History Students

I’ve been thinking about this for around three or four years – how to reach history students about professional development opportunities in the communities where they study. I don’t know any history professors or students. Each college or university has … Continue reading

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That time my mother saw a murder-suicide

I must have been in high school when my mother first told me. “It just occurred to me that I witnessed a murder-suicide,” she said. Huh? A. She’d never mentioned this before. B. When did this happen? C. Who? D. … Continue reading

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Memories from My Mother

We had dinner with my mom today, and I got her talking about the olden days. She was born in the late 1930s. When she was little, they lived at 4103 N. Palafox Street in Pensacola, Florida. They had some … Continue reading

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