Recovering the wounded at Vimy Ridge.

What we don’t hear about the battle of Vimy Ridge.

In honor of today’s ceremonies in honor of the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge, I am reposting several articles about my own ancestors who died in WWI.    In my father’s French Canadian, ‘Turmaine’ branch of the family, read on…

The story behind the starvation of the Lady of Hay.

The starvation of the Lady of Hay.

  The story behind the starvation of the Lady of Hay.   William de Briouse III (25th great grandfather to my children, Erin and Stuart) was the son of William de Briouse II, Lord of Abergavenny (as well as Briouse, read on…

In remembrance.

In Remembrance.

  Being from a dedicated military family, this is a somber time of year for us, in remembrance of those we lost.   The relationships to our children, Erin and Stuart, are in italics following the excerpt.   Remembering those read on…

David Coon and Mary Ann (Adams)

David Coon: A Civil War story… and tragedy.

I spent a great deal of time transcribing the typewritten copies of handwritten letters of David Coon to his wife and children from Confederate prison, marking the days until his subsequent death from disease. The original transcriptions were completed by read on…

Mark Blythe to Barack Obama Relationship Chart

Mark Blythe to Barack Obama Relationship Chart

  The relationship chart illustrating the multi-generational, multi-cultural, multi-racial connections between Barack Obama and my husband Mark Blythe.   A while ago, we saw a genealogy chart in a Chicago newspaper online showing Barack Obama’s family tree, which includes one read on…