Kobel v. Kobel – A Family Affair

Most of my life, until I was a teenager, I hadn't heard anything about my biological great-grandparents. In fact, I assumed another couple (William Jesse Darby & Janet Elizabeth Solomon) were my great-grandparents for years, when in fact, they were the people lucky enough to raise my paternal grandfather (them below). It wasn't until my... Continue Reading →

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Death Story #1: My First Call

A few years ago, I had the chance to have a brief stint at a dream job -- being an attendant of the dead for a funeral home. Though this job wasn't for long, it gave me so many experiences that I will never forget. This is one of them. In these true short stories,... Continue Reading →

My Dearest Grandma…

Where do we come from? Who is our family? Why do we feel so deeply when they leave us? We are intrinsically connected to our loved ones and family in so many different ways, and I am no different. My grandmother (Donna Mae Blocher) died eight years ago yesterday, and I still think about her... Continue Reading →

The Hipster Historian Goes to RootsTech!

For the very first time, I will be attending the largest genealogical conference in the world, RootsTech -- being held in Salt Lake City, Utah. This will also be the first genealogical conference I have ever attended (exciting!). In past years, I've attended other conventions (mostly Comic Cons) but this is only the second conference  in... Continue Reading →

Genealogy New Years Goals

Every year I put an intention out to the universe. Some years its words like steady, other years it is growth, this last year (2017), it was change, and boy did that kick me in the behind. This year, along with my intention word -- growth -- I'm aiming for a few a genealogy-related goals. Each... Continue Reading →

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