Author Archives: chmjr2

Who Was Harriet Monty?

 Karen Harrison first contacted me in August of 2015. Karen had a mystery she was trying to solve, and since her husband and my wife had a DNA match, she thought I might be of some help. In short, I … Continue reading

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Pacific Street

Where does the time go? I know I purchased this book a few months after it came out. The copyright date says 2016, and here we are in 2020, and I have finally read the book. Pacific Street is an excellent read and … Continue reading

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“I Have a Photograph”

The one thing I can say about the current state of shelter in place is that unfinished projects seem to be all around and calling out to be completed. In that vein, I have been working on family photographs and … Continue reading

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No Surrender

I have just finished the book No Surrender by Chris Edmonds and Douglas Century. The book is about Chris Edmonds quest to learn about his father’s Roddie Edmonds World War Two experiences. While he knew the broad-brush story, the real … Continue reading

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The Long Reach of Christmas

In her book, The Secret Life of Objects, author Dawn Raffel shows how seemingly everyday objects found in people’s homes hold stories about family history. It is pointed out in the book that the stories these objects hold must be … Continue reading

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Girl Collides with Moving Auto. Read about it in the Newspaper.

As family historians, we have many records and sources in which we can find our family story. The Censuses and DNA testing being two of the most popular. While I have made good use of these sources, I find myself … Continue reading

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Can We Keep Him?

The above photograph is kept in a frame and is on display in our home. It was taken almost twenty years ago in Burlington, Vermont. The two main characters in the picture are Clifford the Big Red Dog, of course, … Continue reading

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The Hidden Life of Raymond Stone

Long ago, I made a vow to myself to learn the story of what happened to my father’s family and what happened to each of his brothers and sisters. I had no idea it would take me over 50 years … Continue reading

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Family Pictures Found–Unidentified!

Originally posted on Heart of a Southern Woman:
A recently discovered family picture with  no one identified. We are working to identify  these people! Family pictures and portraits–don’t you love them!?  A couple weeks ago, my sister found a small…

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The Cost of Genealogy

The above picture represents what many of us put into our genealogy research, time, and money. I believe that if we wish to have a complete as possible family history, then we will have to utilize both of these resources. … Continue reading

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