The Man Next Door

My grandfather, Bill Straughen, and his family lived in a small duplex 2 blocks from the Delaware river in Penns Grove, New Jersey. The Straughns were very poor but they lived next door to Wilbert S. Leap, who owned a haberdashery that occupied the front of the first floor of his home. Mr. Leap also... Continue Reading →

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A Reasonable Amount of Egg Nog

In my collection of family papers I have a letter that my great-grandfather, Walter C. Anderson, sent to his son Milton H. Anderson. The letter is dated December 4th, 1945, so I thought it was fitting to post this weekend. It is written on letterhead from the family business, the Anderson Lumber Company, in which... Continue Reading →

Interview with a Film Archivist

I'm spending this week with my family for Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy the following interview with Walter Forsberg, which I conducted in April 2017 for a course on Film Archiving at Indiana University. Home movies are a treasure in our family archives. I hope this post will inspire you to investigate more about preserving and... Continue Reading →

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun! Mar 11

I'm writing from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania! This is my grandmother's hometown. I have been visiting her sister and seeing the town. My great-grandparents owned a funeral home, which we looked at today. I like to participate in the SNGF series from Genea-Musings. You can see the original post here. This week's prompt is: 1. What is your... Continue Reading →

Wrapping Up RootsTech 2017

How do I begin to summarize the incredible weekend that was RootsTech?? I had a wonderful time meeting new people, learning new research strategies, hearing fantastic speakers and enjoying the gorgeous city of Salt Lake. I am so appreciative of the RootsTech organizers for offering the student discount that made my trip feasible on a... Continue Reading →

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