Monthly Archives: January 2020

A Short Strand in a Long Line

My paternal grandmother’s family name is Hine. Discovery of “Descendants of Thomas Hine, Milford, Conn., 1640” will make Hine family research easy. In 1976, I thought I could just attach my grandmother’s Hine ancestors to the descendants of Thomas Hine. Forty-four years later, connecting William Lathin Hine, my paternal second great grandfather, to the Thomas […] (Read more)

An “American Pedigree”

“Grandfather Crook came from England,” Auntie Beth said. I don’t recall what we were talking about or why she told me. At 16, I wasn’t interested. Seventeen years later, when I began searching for my ancestors, my father, Auntie Beth, and the other members of their generation were gone. “Grandfather Crook came from England” was all I knew about […] (Read more)

Family History Research… A Fresh Start

Alex Haley’s groundbreaking historical novel, Roots, first published in 1976, became an instant worldwide phenomenon. An important book and television series, Roots, galvanized the nation and created an extraordinary political, racial, social, and cultural dialogue. In addition, Roots launched a tidal wave of interest in family history research. Overnight, public, genealogical and historical society libraries, […] (Read more)