The Fumble

The Fumble

So, I dropped the ball. Because for one year, I was writing a post every Friday about my newest find of the week. And this week? I didn't. I know what I wanted to write about--I found a few records indicating that one of my relatives spent the last years of his life in an [...]

My Almost Great-Grandfather

My Almost Great-Grandfather

At the age of 17, my great-grandfather deserted the U.S. Army, packed his belongings into a rucksack and made his way by foot to Lockport, New York. He changed his name to John Gates during a stop in Ohio, married my great-grandmother in Buffalo and raised five children of his own. He didn't tell anyone--not [...]