Volunteer! Volunteer! Brave Hearts of Allegany!

The Union army appeared to be making quick work of the southern insurgency as the United States entered the new year of 1862. Recruitment offices around the north just shut down. Why keep something open when it was so clear the war was going to end and soon? But then came General McClellan's attempts to … Continue reading Volunteer! Volunteer! Brave Hearts of Allegany!

Sometimes You Can Go Home

On May 28, 2016 I drove through the rolling landscape of north central Pennsylvania to the New York border.  I drifted west over winding backroads until I hit the outskirts of an ancestral home.  Along the banks of Cryder Creek, Whitesville contains the memories of pioneering people, including the White and Teater families, from which I am … Continue reading Sometimes You Can Go Home

Matrilineal Monday: Whites of Whitesville, New York

This is my brain on genealogy. While transcribing a letter dated July 24, 1869, a couple of its sentences looped relentlessly through my head, like a snippet of a catchy tune. My great-great-grandfather complained to his brother, James : My year's expenses devoured my year's salary (as principal of Rushford Academy), and left me as poor today as … Continue reading Matrilineal Monday: Whites of Whitesville, New York

Follow Friday: Historic Map Works

One of the all-time best inventions of the human mind, in my humble opinion, is the map.  Whether ink to paper or pixels to screen, maps represent reality as seen from the cartographer's point of view.  Beyond the accurate recording of topography and societal infrastructure, map makers convey all sorts of information, depending on who … Continue reading Follow Friday: Historic Map Works