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    The Next Grave Over


    This is a post in an ongoing series exploring one family’s adventure through genealogical storytelling. The article below was written by Big Ned, and features a detailed account of research done ahead of the family’s research trip to St. Thomas, USVI.


    We were making plans for a family trip …

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    600 Years Ago There Were No Surnames


    This is a post in an ongoing series exploring one family’s adventure through genealogical storytelling. The article below was written by Bri-Bri, and features lists and statements of gratitude.   


    The plan at the beginning of this year was to post an article by my dad and an article by …

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    Castles, Glasites, and the Widow of Annat



    When we last left off, we had determined that Robert Milner Morrison was a cousin living in the house of an Alexander Moody and Jessie Stuart along with their children. But we didn’t really know how exactly Robert was related to these people or to whom specifically.

    We researched …

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    A Son Elaborates and Clarifies


    Dad’s last post encapsulates a lot of what I loved listening to while he was doing all of that research.

    First, it included a lot of the crazy, insane-seeming, ultra-detail-oriented fine-tooth-comb gumshoeing that dad always seemed so good at. Sorting through handwritten census records to find a name that had …

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    A Dad Defends His Position


    In a previous post we had discovered that my wife’s ancestor Robert Milner Morrison did not have a bust in the lobby of the University of Edinburgh, but we also found out that he had graduated from there and taught at the university for a time in the late 1870s …

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    A Son Digresses into Outer Space


    Here’s a digression, riffing off of what dad put into his last post.

    For me, when I’m thinking about questions like “How did we get here?”, the ones that dad was pondering about in that last blog update, my brain shoots all the way back to the beginning. Not …

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    A Dad Reflects on the Research Process


    So at this point in our adventure we know that my wife’s ancestor Robert Morrison got a degree and a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh (so now we can refer to him as Dr. Robert Morrison). We also know that he was born in St. Thomas, USVI, which stands …

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    A Son Remembers Scotland


    I didn’t really know much about Scotland before we went there. Or I knew what everybody knew. I knew Braveheart and I knew Trainspotting and I knew, what, Macbeth, I guess. I had read Irvine Welsh’s breakout novel in college when it was recommended to me by a friend as …

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    A Dad Explains How He Got Into Genealogy


    It all started as a family story from my mother-in-law. Many times she had recounted a family story regarding her former husband’s family. The story went that there was a bust of one of my wife’s ancestors situated in the lobby of the University of Edinburgh.

    The story remained nothing …

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    A Son Asks, Why Do Genealogy?


    Going down into my parents’ basement, the stairs go down, then a brief landing, then they go down the other way. Along the walls are displayed a series of maps, photographs, letters, articles, and advertisements that my father has collected over a decade of genealogical research, the images and words …

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    Prehistory of Comics Part 4: The Bayeux Tapestry

    Edward the Confessor, nicknamed for his piety, seems to be winking here but isn’t. The Splash Page

    A 230-foot-long (over that, really) wool-on-linen artifact commemorating the 11th-century Battle of Hastings brings our tour of proto-comics into the second millennium.

    Mounted knights and archers were vital to William’s military success. Past…
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    Prehistory of Comics Part 3: Trajan’s Column

    A 1721 illustration including Trajan’s Column by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. The Splash Page

    One of the major monuments to survive the fall of the Roman empire, Trajan’s Column commemorates two wars fought by Emperor Trajan and the Roman armies against the Dacians in what is modern-day Romania. The …

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    Prehistory of Comics Part 2: Mayan Pictographs

    Creative Commons/Flickr-jclor The Splash Page

    Mayan pictographs are just one blip on a long and still evolving timeline of human efforts to combine images and language. Chinese ideograms, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Sumerian cuneiform all worked in different ways to translate and transform sound into images and images into sound.

    The …

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    The Best Comics of 2016

    From Noah van Sciver’s DISQUIET

    For me, it was tough figuring out where to start reading the best comics of 2016, where to even start looking for them. I had heard of the Eisner Awards, but I didn’t think to look there because what I knew of the Eisners …

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    The Impossibles (A Memory)


    There was one piece of art that I remember so vividly that it feels like a ghost.

    First I drew the landscapes. I was obsessed with categorizing landscapes—plateau, prairie, tundra, mountain, swamp, tropical and deciduous forest.

    The picture I remember best from the set was a jungle with tall, slim-trunked …

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    My Year of Comics: My Spider-Man: Homecoming Comics Homework


    I really didn’t expect to like Spider-Man as much as I do.

    I’ve been reading Marvel comics for, say, 27 years. And I’ve never been into Spider-Man. In hindsight, it’s because Spidey as a guest-star is basically a comic relief quip machine. But focusing on Spider-Man as the main character, …

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    My Year of Comics: Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo


    Under discussion: Akira 1-6 by Katsuhiro Otomo

    Pairs well with: Speed Tribes by Karl Taro Greenfeld; Blade Runner; “Alleys of Your Mind” by Cybotron; the charred wreckage of a bombed-out, burned-down Yoshinoya.

    When I try to explain to people why I moved to Japan, I usually talk about it in …

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    My Year of Comics: Good-Bye by Yoshihiro Tatsumi


    Under discussion: Good-Bye by Yoshihiro Tastumi

    Pairs well with: The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka; Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness by Kenzaburo Oe; an antipathy toward modernism; and an 11,000 yen tab at a hostess bar.

    Yoshihiro Tatsumi is probably the most famous practitioner of gekiga, a …

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