Monthly Archives: April 2014

Your Ancestors’ Memories Live On In You. Now There’s Proof.

My precious niece, a pretty little 18-year old social butterfly, is afraid of crowds. Put her in a room that’s well-stocked with people, even strangers, and she’ll be the center of attention. But put her in a crowd where everyone’s … Continue reading

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Typhoid Falls on the Eggleston Home

In the summer of 1865 a typhoid epidemic swept small towns throughout America. Every member of my great-great grandfather Clinton Eggleston’s family in Aurora, Ohio, came down with the fever. It’s impossible to tell where it came from, though the … Continue reading

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What Do We “Really” Discover in Our Ancestors?

Why do we do it? Why do we spend our time digging into the past, an exercise that is sure not to change the world in any meaningful way? Why do we spend hours on end combing through dusty stacks … Continue reading

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The Puzzling “White Indians” Who Loved Their Abductors.

Yesterday I wrote about the five Boyd children who were brutally captured by Iroquois warriors in 1756. If that sounds terrifying, it probably was. At least it started out that way. The Boyd children were taken by force, their mother … Continue reading

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On my father’s side I come from a long line of Boyds. So far so good. But things happen to Boyds that make me want to look over my shoulder now and then just for having Boyd blood. Of course, … Continue reading

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“Mules are Always Boasting that their Ancestors are Horses.”

“Mules are always boasting that their ancestors are horses.” I read that somewhere and busted out laughing. It’s true, isn’t it? And mules aren’t the only ones who do it. I do it. You do it. We all do it. … Continue reading

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“Mules are Always Boasting that their Ancestors are Horses.”

“Mules are always boasting that their ancestors are horses.” I read that somewhere and busted out laughing. It’s true, isn’t it? And mules aren’t the only ones who do it. I do it. You do it. We all do it. … Continue reading

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