What “Succession” Can teach you about Genealogy

When I’m not researching history and genealogy, I’m pursuing a career in TV writing. But it doesn’t take a TV writer to tell you that this week’s episode of SUCCESSION was a banger. (Don’t watch SUCCESSION? First of all, do that! Second of all, bear with me.) The main character and monster presiding over the

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Letter from Edith Harris West to Paschal West, April 1888

I’ve transcribed another letter from Edith West Harris to her brother Paschal West and his wife Rebecca Westray West here. At the time, Edith had been abandoned by her husband, Zachariah T Harris and was living “at home” with her parents, Georgie and Jennet West. Paschal and Rebecca were living in Yell County, Arkansas after

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Letter from George W. West to Paschal West, 1887

I’m thrilled to finally be able to transcribe and publish another one of the letters from the late 1800’s my cousin Ron West sent to me. These letters are from my West ancestors and are true treasures! The other two I’ve already transcribed can be found here: A Letter from Jennet Cowen West, 1888 A

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Lightner West and the Horrors of War

Yesterday I inadvertently had a War Movie Day. I happened to be at my mom’s while she watched Monuments Men, and then I went with my dad to see the new Brad Pitt WWII tank movie, Fury. Strangely enough, I had just hours earlier been perusing the Compiled Civil War Service Records for my 3rd

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