When The Hangman’s Daughter was translated from German to English, it was immediately well received by reviewers and found an audience in America. The book, written by newly discovered German author Oliver Pötzsch, offered something different than most historical novels. The principal protagonist was based on a real-life executioner named Johann Jakob Kuisl. He lived
Category Archives: Legacies
Inspired in part by the television series Who Do You Think You Are?, more celebrities are looking into their family histories to discover a blend of brushes with royalty and humble or heartbreaking beginnings. In almost every case, the discoveries have made an impact. Tracing family trees or making connections with the past can answer
While financial assets and heirlooms make up the majority of inheritances in the United States, there is a new trend that aims to be more purposeful in what people leave behind. According to an Associated Press story that appeared in the Seattle Times, some relatives are leaving behind instructions that they hope will inspire the
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There have been dozens of stories tracing the family trees of President Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney. One of the more in-depth stories shows how both have roots in America that date back to the American Revolution. Obama is said to be the 11th great-grandson of the first-ever documented slave in America, John Punch.
Most people would never place Michael Phelps and the legacy of Lou Xiaoying in the same category. And yet, each of their legacies is compelling, even if few people have ever heard of Xiaoying. Phelps, of course, is an Olympian. Xiaoying is not. Phelps inspired the world by winning the most Olympic medals in history.
There are dozens of creative ways to make family heirlooms and keepsakes. One of the more interesting methods recently seen is transferring family photos onto blocks of wood, creating personalized pieces of decor with a timeless and rustic look. There are two ways to make the transfer. One involves using a block of wood, a
For anyone who has spent any time researching genealogy, they know that there are two different experiences. Some people find the research tiring after spending hours and hours jumping from one record to another. But there are those who discover something different, a mystery lurking around every corner. What makes the difference? It all starts
The most basic principle of genealogical research is to work from the known to the unknown. It’s also one of the most challenging aspects of genealogy because most beginners want to jump as deep into the past as possible before they have an understanding of the present. It’s true. The allure of genealogy for many
If you have never seen “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” you really owe it to yourself to invest ten minutes (the abridged version) or a little more than an hour (the full version). Randy Pausch may change your life, even if he only meant to change the lives of three people: his
In 1890, shortly after the United States of America had celebrated its centennial and the country had experienced a resurgence in patriotism, four women sought out different ways to express their patriotic feelings. Their fathers or grandfathers had fought in the Revolution. Unfortunately, life for women more than 100 years ago was much different than