1950 U.S. federal census records are going to be released for public view this year, because it has now been 72 years since that census was taken, and the National Archives follows what is known as the 72-Year Rule. The story of why the 72-Year Rule exists is an example of how history actually happens … Continue reading The 72-Year Rule: How History Happens
My attention, like that of most of the world, has been focused on Ukraine lately. I’ve been spending hours keeping up with the news, and trying to do what little I can to support the brave Ukrainian people. I will leave saying anything important about the situation to the experts, but I would like to … Continue reading No. Ten More Times.
2022 is a big year for censuses! The 1921 census of England and Wales was released in January, and the 1950 USA census will be released in April. If you have done any genealogy research yourself, you will no doubt be aware of the wealth of information available from old census records. Genealogists get very … Continue reading An Exciting Year for Genealogists!
Prizewinning playwright Kimberly Kalaja, who also happens to be my friend and the first person I send my drafts to for critiquing, is having one of her many wonderful plays made into a short film. Like all of her work, The Lesson is a fascinating and thought provoking exploration of the human condition, in this … Continue reading Recommendation: Look for The Lesson
I am still working on getting my right hand back to full functionality, after having broken my wrist several months ago, but I can more or less type now! I’m pretty excited about that, because it makes it easier to work on the sequel to The Moving Pictures. It’s called The Leading Ladies, and I … Continue reading Happy New Year!
I am excited about Thursday, December 16th! On that day I will be appearing (online via Zoom) at the public library in Durham, Connecticut. There will be a reading, and then an interview, and then audience Q and A. Because the event is online, anyone anywhere can be there. If you would like to attend, … Continue reading Author Event December 16th!
Seven weeks ago, I fell and broke my right wrist. I had never broken a bone before, and I had a lot of misconceptions. It was excruciatingly painful, but not if I held my arm very still, and I could move all my fingers, so I thought it must not be broken, only badly sprained. … Continue reading Lessons from a Broken Wrist
I have just finished reading a cozy mystery I really enjoyed. It's called A Quiet Life in the Country, and it is the first in a series of seven by T E Kinsey. It has no genealogy aspect. It is a traditional style amateur sleuth in a small village story, but with a few twists. … Continue reading Book Recommendation: A Quiet Life in the Country
I am very excited to announce that my book The Moving Pictures has been chosen as the October selection for my local library's book club! I am an enormous fan of libraries. They are crucial institutions for communities everywhere, and they should be more appreciated and better funded. Book clubs are just one of the … Continue reading Library Book Club October Selection!
We frequently hear about how much more mobile people are now than in previous eras. Technological developments have made travel and communication easier, so people move around more. I’m sure in many ways that’s true, but I have found that even though moving was more difficult before, people did it pretty often anyway. When I … Continue reading How Genealogy Debunks Myths About History, #3: Moving House