Category Archives: genealogy

Finding Fire Capt. Frank J. Becker

My great-grandfather Frank Becker was a fireman. I knew that he had been promoted to captain at some point, and some relatives had once told me they thought it had been covered on TV or in the newspaper. I wanted … Continue reading

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Attack of the short hair cuts

It’s all Ludi’s fault. Late last year she decided one day at lunch that she wanted a haircut. A dramatically shorter haircut, with bangs in front. She asked to get down from the table so she could go to the … Continue reading

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Visiting Calvary Cemetery

Today the weather was so amazing that I could no longer put off a small project I have long wanted to embark on: finding family gravestones at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis.

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Search old St. Louis Post-Dispatch stories (1874-1922)

Hey, family history buffs and amateur genealogists in St. Louis County! Get out your library card, and check out an awesome new resource: ProQuest’s Historical St. Louis Post-Dispatch database It includes searchable full text and full image articles from 1874 … Continue reading

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Beautiful Bristol

There are uncertainties in any big trip. For me, one of the biggest concerned our time in Bristol with my great-great-uncle Jerry and his wife Thelma. Jerry is the younger brother of my great-grandma Becker. I first connected with him … Continue reading

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Edwin A. Richter, we won’t forget you

It was almost two years ago that I got in touch with Ed Richter. He was a first cousin to my great-grandpa Frank Becker. At that time I had made a lot of progress in developing my Becker family tree. … Continue reading

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A little notice about videos on Geni

If you are related to me and you are part of our family tree on, you should login and check out some of the videos I have posted there from my Dad’s 50th birthday.

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Yet another apology

Here at the Renaud Empire, there has been no shortage of stories to tell the world at large. There has been, however, a shortage of time in which to write said stories. So, yet again, I am apologizing for a … Continue reading

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Family, food, history

Family history isn’t all dusty books and blurry microfilms. Lately, I have re-discovered salsiccia. Salsiccia is an Italian sausage. My memory of it is that my Grandpa Renaud would always cook it as part of his big Christmas breakfast spread … Continue reading

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Blame it on work, or the girls, or whatever

I know the pace of this blog has been a bit slow lately. There’s a couple of reasons for that. The first is that I now work a four-day week. On those four working days, I have far less free … Continue reading

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