Rest in Peace, Again

Rest in Peace, Again

Almeron Lyman Nelson of Coudersport, Pennsylvania--my 1st cousin 6x removed--was the original Nelson family historian: he arranged and hosted every family reunion for over a decade; he preserved family heirlooms, portraits and photographs for future generations; and he recorded names and dates for the local newspaper's town history column. Everything I know about the Nelson [...]

Gates Family Ghosts

Gates Family Ghosts

Disney World's Haunted Mansion has 999 happy haunts wandering its halls, making music in the graveyard and terrorizing the groundskeepers (but there's always room for one more, of course). The Haunted Mansion is one of Magic Kingdom's opening-day attractions from October 1, 1971, and it's always been my favorite ride at Walt Disney World. And [...]

The Haunting of Dunkirk Lighthouse

The Haunting of Dunkirk Lighthouse

When my maternal ancestors left Poland around the turn-of-the-century, they all made their way to the Fourth Ward of Dunkirk, New York. The city has a rich history: it was home to Brooks Locomotive Works during the latter half of the nineteenth century; provided steel for John Augustus Roebling's civil engineering projects, including the Brooklyn [...]