This site is my attempt to make available to the family I know, and the family I don’t know yet, as much of my genealogical research as I can. Most of written history remembers the rich and famous and the big events that shaped our culture and politics, but, in truth, we stand on the shoulders of people long forgotten, farmers and soldiers and housewives whose lives and choices shaped us before we were even born. I spent many years learning to ignore my elders as they rambled on about some old family story or another, and not until they were nearly gone did I realize those old stories were my own history. Too many stories are already lost, but I hope to preserve what we have and to find others as I go.
I have an educational background in journalism and church history, with a particular interest in American media and religion from the Puritans to the Progressive Era. Although the focus of this site is family history, my writing may venture occasionally into my other historical interests.
I am also a collector of vintage typewriters, having acquired my first as a teenager, more than half my life ago. If you’re thinking of leaving one on my doorstep, don’t… No, do. Really, though, don’t. It’s a disease.