Monthly Archives: September 2023

THE BYRDS OF VIRGINIA MAY HAVE HAD JEWISH AND MUSLIM ROOTS

A few years ago, after studying the genealogical charts my mother had worked on with her BYRD family lines, I pointed out to her that our Byrd forefathers were goldsmiths and bankers, and back in those days (1600-1700s), those were … Continue reading

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I AM ACADIAN

In 1980, a Federal District Court in Louisiana, in the case of Calvin J. Roach v. Dresser Industrial Valve and Instrument Division, declared Acadian/Cajun as its own ethnicity and granted minority status. The court case summaries are provided in the … Continue reading

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TAKE IT SERIOUSLY WHEN THEY SAY THE QUIET PART OUT LOUD (part 1)

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ACUTE DETECTION OF FULL SPECTRUM OF AUDITORY FREQUENCIES (and beyond)

An aspect of Asperger’s or intuitive empath ability?…Perhaps both. There is a lot involved with this, much of which I still don’t understand enough to explain in scientific detail or nomenclature. Its an ability I’ve had as long as I … Continue reading

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF FRANÇOIS JOSEPH SAVOIE

My 8th Great-Grandfather François Savoie probably had no idea of what quandary he would put modern-day Acadian genealogists and the House of Savoy of Italy in with his deathbed confession. I am allowing my DNA and that of my father’s … Continue reading

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WHAT’S STRANGER THAN CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE 5TH KIND with Aliens?

Finding out I may possibly have a direct descent from Mohammed. Genealogy is weirding me out, man. Starting with my 8th Great-Grandfather: 1-François Savoie and Catherine Lejeune 2-Thomas Francis Savoie, Prince of Carignano (Theory: My connection may be via his … Continue reading

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FIRST COMPUTER ROLE-PLAYING GAME I EVER PLAYED

I swear when I watched the film “Argo”, this 1981 RPG popped back into my head after being filed deep in the dusty nethers of my memories.

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NAPOLEON’S MARSHAL OF THE EMPIRE, MICHEL NEY

On occasion, I find items potentially related to my ancestry at auction. It was a rarity to acquire a letter reporting to a fallen soldier’s family of his death, signed by Napoleon Bonaparte’s future Marshal of the Empire, Cavalrymaster Michel … Continue reading

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WORTH A READ ON THE POLITICAL CLIMATE IN THE U.S. AT THE MOMENT…

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FOR YOU GENEALOGISTS

Just found these “cousin” calculators. I can really use these charts to determine just how close a cousin I am to Rear Admiral Richard Byrd, polar explorer and aviator. We both descend from Thomas Rolfe, the only child of John … Continue reading

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