WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR ANCESTORS?

Recently there has been an explosion of interest in the field of family history research (otherwise known as genealogy). Some could speculate that this newly found interest was fueled by the popular television series “Who Do You Think You Are?” where celebrities embark on personal journeys into their pasts to solve their family’s mysteries. Another ...

MACABRE DEATH PHOTO-1915 ADRIAN COLLEGE

While searching through my grandfather's old photos I came across a macabre picture which took me by surprise. Timothy Callahan had been a medical student at Adrian College in Michigan around 1915. Apparently his fellow classmates were quite the jokesters. I don't know who the student is that is lying down in the ...

Book-MICHIGAN TRAILMAKERS

I happened to stumble upon this delightful little book while attending a book fair some time ago. To be honest I had forgotten I had purchased it, so rediscovering it the other day was an unexpected treat. The book, Michigan Trail Makers was written by Henry Ormal Severance in 1930. It is an interesting story based ...

Real Victorian Death Photos Explained

I was lucky enough to inherit many photos from my mother's side of the family. As I was sorting through them this particular picture jumped out at me. Turning it over someone had been kind enough to write a short description on the back. It read, "Stanley Darling, drowned in Thames River, Chatham, Ontario Canada ...

19th Century – The Irish Immigration to Western Michigan

One of my all-time favorite genealogy research books regarding the Irish immigration to Western Michigan is “The Passing of the Gael" that is no longer in print. The Irish Immigration to Western Michigan - The Passing of the Gael Below is a slight “Reader’s Digest” version pertaining to the chapters on the Irish Settlers ...

Part 2 – A Son’s Birth Mother Search Continues

The genealogy detective work continues with a surprising new update in Don's birth mother search. Come along with me as I share some interesting facts from our use of genetic testing. Don Kirby's Birth Mother Search Update It has been quite a few years since I wrote part one, Finding Birth Family - How Genealogy ...