Grandad and Walter Brennan

As I was sitting up late one night tucked into our family room couch with my computer, I was multi-tasking as I usually do by doing some “light” genealogy while I watched TV.  A movie came on called  “Bad Day at Black Rock” from 1955 starring Spencer Tracy. I’m a pretty big fan of Spencer Tracy so I was surprised I hadn’t seen this one before. To my delight, the supporting cast included Walter Brennan. Walter was a big deal back in the day. He is the only actor in history to receive three Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor.  He…

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Windsor Connecticut World War I – Roll of Honor Memorial

History and Location In September of 1917 The Windsor Men’s Association began a Roll of Honor “book” which was made of wood in front of Windsor Town with a painted list of names of Windsor citizens who had responded to the patriotic call and were in service. Names were added as more men (and women) entered into the war effort. In 1920 it was replaced with a bronze tablet and originally hung inside of Town Hall. In the coming years it was mounted on a granite block and moved outside to the Windsor Town Green. It is located in the…

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The Road to #RootsTech 2019 has begun

The #RootsTech 2019 excitement is beginning! Registration opens in just SIX DAYS on September 20th for the largest family history conference happening February 27–March 2, 2019, in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am thrilled and honored to have been asked back to be an official RootsTech Ambassador. I’ll be giving a free pass away to RootsTech 2019 to some lucky someone coming up in the next month or so. Stay tuned for that! What I love about the RootsTech experience is that Family Search is always looking for ways to improve the previous year. Last year there were definitely challenges to…

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A Virginia Goldminer – The Sad End

David Shrum left Virginia in 1855 to mine gold in Grass Valley, California. In September 1858 he wrote back home to his brother, Orlando, who is my second great-grandfather. Sadly, David was crushed in a mining accident in 1861 and died several days later.  I’ve been sharing David’s letter to Orlando here in several posts. Start with part one of the letter HERE. Spelling and grammar are left as it was. We own a small ditch in connection to our claims, which runs water about two months in the year. The rest of the time we will have to buy water, if…

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