Family History Stories of the Past and Present
Sometimes, the journey is the reward

The Wreck of the Angel Gabriel – My Ancestors who Crashed into America
While searching for Thomas Burnham (1623, Norwich, Norfolk, England - 19 May 1694, Ipswich, Essex,...Read MORE...

The “missing” Prussians and Beer
My oldest son, M***, (a senior in high school) was searching for colleges. He wanted to visit...Read MORE...

Father and son in Civil War – How I “met” William Seward and Harriet Tubman
A fun weekend college searching with my son ended up with some unexpected finds. We brought both...Read MORE...

I Met My Grandfather’s 93-year-old Cousin on the Internet
While searching for my family, I came across a posting from someone named Rapanault looking for a...Read MORE...

Am I Royal?
My Memere always told me that she was French. Her family had came to the U.S. from Canada. It never ...Read MORE...

He Ran Away From Home
If you would have asked his wife, Evelyn, up until October 28, 1913, she would have never guessed...Read MORE...

Grandmother and Grandchild Die Together
Charlotte Maria Burnham was born in Shaftsbury, VT in 1803. She was the daughter of Asa W. Burnham, ...Read MORE...

The Relative Neighbor
In February 2007, I received a very random phone call from a man from South Carolina....Read MORE...

I am the illegitimate mystery child
About a year or two ago, my mother told me a story about someone on the Internet claiming to be the ...Read MORE...

Great-grandfather of Benedict Arnold
In tracing my family, I discovered that I am a direct descendant of Thomas Waterman (one of the...Read MORE...

Hung as a witch
John Proctor came to America from England on the ship, "Susan and Ellen", in 1635. Accompanying him ...Read MORE...

The Great Reno, Escape Artist
While looking for ancestors in a local cemetery, I came across a stone that read "The Great Reno...Read MORE...

She wanted to be rich
I don't know how true this story is, but it's interesting just the same. It was found on...Read MORE...

Willard and Walter
In July of 1888, Willard was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He was the son of George W. Feige...Read MORE...

To those who come after us
I have wanted to write this for a while, but could not find the words.

Looking back on this...Read MORE...

Cemeteries
As a child, I used to skateboard on cemetery roads. The local cemetery served as a...Read MORE...

Six Inches Under
There are many mystery graves in the cemetery. We have found several. This is the story of...Read MORE...

The Car Jack and the Hair Brush
It was supposed to be a cool autumn New England-type day, but typical of New England weather...Read MORE...

The birth of Dauntless Spirit
Thanks to Micheline Gadbois MacDonald for sending us the story of the "birth" of her book,...Read MORE...

She was kicked out of her grave, which was kicked out of the cemetery...
Once upon a time, in the state of Massachusetts, there was a place called the "Swift River...Read MORE...

Anita's Silver Baby Cup
Anita was born in Brooklyn in 1921. Three years later, Lou was born in Chicago. Fast forward 89...Read MORE...

1867 - Why Do German Women Make Good Wives
"The culinary art forms a part of the education of women in Germany. The well-to-do tradesman, like ...Read MORE...

1914 - An interesting way to send a message
1914 - Carrier Pigeon is Bridal Messenger

"NEW YORK, Nov. 3 - Ever since a Belgian rabbit...Read MORE...

The price of being "mean" in 1871
1871 Newspaper Article

"The Pittsfield Mass., Eagle has unearthed the mean man of that village. ...Read MORE...

A Really Bad Marriage
Julien La Touche, from La Rochelle, a soldier in the Grandfontaine Company of the Carignan...Read MORE...

Sorry, Mr. President
“Pittsfield, Mass., Sept. 3. - The President of the United States escaped a tragic death by only a...Read MORE...

The Deerfield Massacre - Capture of Himself, Wife and Others - Their Winter March to Canada
"Benjamin Burt was the twelfth child of David and Mary Holton Burt; he was born at Northampton,...Read MORE...

1689 - Lachine Massacre
During the night of the 5th of August, 1689, amid a storm of rain and hail, 1400 Iroquois crossed...Read MORE...