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The Secrets They Kept: The True Story of a Mercy Killing That Shocked a Town and Shamed a Family

The following exceprt is from a story by James Chilton in the October 13, 2013 dition of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Goodness… Some story… CHEYENNE [Wyoming] — Growing up in California, Suzanne Handler never knew her aunt. In fact, until she was 50, Handler didn’t even know she had an aunt. But once she found […]

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Got Black Sheep?

I get to see my friend, Ron Arons, at many of the genealogy conferences, as he often shows up (in costume?), and tells us about his nefarious ancestors. A few years back, Ron wrote an excellent book about The Jews of Sing-Sing. That got him started as being the go-to guy when one wanted information […]

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Chances Are, You’ll Find a Skeleton in the Closet

The following excerpt is from aa article by Sue Shellenbarger, posted in the January 15, 2013 edition of the Wall Street Journal. Amateur genealogists, beware. Researching your ancestry doesn’t always turn up heroes and royalty. It may turn up a felon, a bigamist or another unsavory character. New York filmmaker Heather Quinlan found more than […]

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Washingtonians Celebrate Archives Month with a “Law & Order” Theme

Washingtonians will celebrate their rich documentary heritage at a range of events throughout the state during October’s Washington Archives Month with the theme, “Law & Order in the Archives: Crooks, Cops and Courts.” They’ve posted a very interesting website to go along with the celebration. See: http://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/month/

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Shaking Out the Family Skeletons Might Save Your Life

There’s an interesting blog titled “Family skeletons detrimental to healing” posted on the ScienceBlog website that set me to thinking… Genealogists seem to love to drag out the family skeletons. Good old adultery, lying, cheating, stealing, and even a murder now and then all seems to get the true genealogist all fired up to find […]

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