Cousin Connection Project, genealogy, Untold Stories

Light Housekeeping Before Major Renovation

January is the season for it. I made some cosmetic changes to StoriesFromThePast last year. I changed my background, and experimented with new designs, but as readership increased and I began making new connections, the potential of this project became clear. I was connected with readers in unexpected ways, and by the end of the… Continue reading Light Housekeeping Before Major Renovation

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Family Xenophobia

Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the first official observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day as a national holiday in the United States, and on this day I felt it important to tell the stories of "othering" in our own personal family trees. Before I get started, let me make a disclaimer. In no… Continue reading Family Xenophobia

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Cousin Connection #6: Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year!)

Aloha, Olean Kwiatkowskis! This marks the last of the Kwiatkowski Cousin Connections for a while. Time to focus on other branches of the family tree, especially Rothsprack; I'm completely stumped on that one. But first, let me introduce you to my Hawaiian cousins. I've got plenty of them, thanks to a cousin named Leo (or Leon,… Continue reading Cousin Connection #6: Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year!)

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A Toothache and a Granddaughter

Daniel and Wykoff cousins take note.   My Cousin Connection project is still growing. You just didn't see it this week. Between two abscesses (one on top draining downward caused a second abscess), and a granddaughter playing on my computer, a new Wykoff Cousin Connection post was postponed and the accompanying ancestor page for Colonel… Continue reading A Toothache and a Granddaughter

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Cousin Connection #5: Family Lost and Found

In honor of Mexico's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which officially begins at midnight, November's Cousin Connection comes one day early. Coinciding with the the Catholic All Saints Day, and incorporating garish costumes resembling skeletons, Dia de los Muertos is not Mexican Halloween, but a much more elaborate version of Memorial Day in… Continue reading Cousin Connection #5: Family Lost and Found

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Cousin Connection #4: Evidence from the Grave

I had already published my first Cousin Connection when I met Diedre MacLean, I just didn't know it yet. Diedre contacted me using Stories From the Past's Tell Your Story form after she discovered several name matches from the same cemetery where  Kathy, wife of my cousin Chuck, had discovered a connection to me. It was Diedre's WordPress… Continue reading Cousin Connection #4: Evidence from the Grave

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Cousin Connection #3: John Woodgie

The Duck, The Whole Duck, and Nothing but the Duck Quack. But seriously, my New York cousins from my dad's generation are very Polish. I mean, many of them speak the language, and even if they don't, they know a few words here and there and even understand much of the Polish dialogue. Even my father, who… Continue reading Cousin Connection #3: John Woodgie