May 15th, 2007


The Wrong Longs?

The discovery of my great-grandfather’s death certificate has raised a number of issues, the first of which is that I may have been researching the wrong family as my great-grandfather’s parents and siblings. How could that happen? Easy. Just watch this. My great-grandfather’s name was James William Long. I assumed for my initial research purposes that he was born in …Continue reading →

Mental Illness

See the UPDATE to Missouri Just Keeps On Rollin’ Along. This elegant building is the State Mental Hospital at Fulton, Missouri. Opened in 1851, it was the first public mental institution west of the Mississippi. According to State Biennial Reports, several probable causes of mental illness were determined in the first cases admitted. Among the more unusual causes were indigestion, …Continue reading →

Those Mothers of Mine

On Mother’s Day, my post was “The Mothers of Me,” which seems to have proved popular. It was suggested that I link to previous stories I’ve written about each of them. So I’ve done that. And here’s a photo of my mother who gave birth to me. Thanks, Mom!

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