Category Archives: Social Commentary

Thoughts, insights and rants about modern society.

#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Good Deed

I heard a story about my dad, Bill Hahn, at his funeral. I may not remember it exactly, but the idea of it remains strong in my mind. The minister, Mark Dees, recalled that, one day, he and my dad … Continue reading

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Growing Your #Genealogy Group

Genealogical societies, like many other organizations, seem to have trouble drawing in active members who’ll help keep it going. The groups I’m familiar with formed in the 1980s or ’90s. The people who started the clubs and served on the … Continue reading

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Compromise

I think a lot of people today don’t really understand what compromise means. Merriam-Webster has two definitions for the noun…. 1a : settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions 1b : something intermediate between or … Continue reading

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Our Experience with COVID-19

I think it was around March 17th when my husband first started having symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Me, I’d been coughing since mid-January, when I went to bed with a scratchy throat and woke … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Strong Woman

When Amy Johnson Crow posted this week’s topic for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, my thoughts went to my mom’s mom, Willie Stevens Cook. She’s one of the strongest women I’ve encountered in my life, but I already wrote about … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors: So Far Away

My interest in history began at Pensacola Junior College (now Pensacola State) with a professor named Dr. Carageorge, who really brought historical events to life and helped place them in the larger context of what was going on in the … 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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Secrets of Finding Family Through DNA

You’ve gotten your DNA results, but something’s missing. Where is your family tree? Where is the list of your famous relatives, proven by science? That’s gonna take some work. Yes, my friend, genealogical research is the first secret of finding … Continue reading

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The Science of DNA Heritage

You’ve sent in your spit or your swab, and now you’re waiting on the DNA company to send you your results, to tell you who your family is and where you came from. When the results come in, you’ll get … Continue reading

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