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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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England: Nan’s birth home

My Nan grew up in Wellingborough, England. Last week I got to see her childhood home, and today we went to her birth home in order to shoot a short little video. (Nan’s brother, Uncle Raymond, jokingly claims she was … 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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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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Meeting “new” family members

One of many neat things about doing family history research has been getting in touch with so many family members that I hadn’t talked with before. For example, I have enjoyed calling and visiting with Aunt Gertrude and Uncle Jerry … Continue reading

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Living in the trees

For quite a while I’ve been lurking in the shadows, watching as a new web company called Geni.com developed their site. What is Geni? It’s is a “social networking” site, sort of like Facebook or MySpace, but designed around family … Continue reading

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