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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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The Current passes swiftly

Ten years ago I was swept away by the current. Make that The Current. Time’s swift flow always catches me off-guard. Was it that long ago that I was using a wax machine to paste strips of paper onto pageboards? … Continue reading

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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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Uncle Bill

My great-uncle Bill (William) George died this morning. I didn’t know him very well, but the times I remember meeting him, I liked him. I remember once visiting his house in Arkansas probably when I was in my teens. Turns … Continue reading

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