One Philip Slough becomes two

While researching the ancestry and descendants of twenty Jacob Sloughs, I uncovered a great deal of information about all men with that surname who were born before 1800 and lived at least part of their lives in the Colony and State of Pennsylvania. One of these men, a Philip Slough…

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How many Jacob Sloughs can there be?

At least twenty. Who lived in Pennsylvania before 1800. After 1800? I shudder to think. My paternity leave project this past winter was to figure out the mystery of my wife’s third-great-grandfather, William Slough. Or more accurately, that of his father, Jacob Slough. I think I figured it out, but…

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Illegitimacy in Virginia

I’ve posted a first draft of an article documenting the ancestry of Julia Chew and Thirza Chrisman. It’s been a fun and challenging investigation, beginning with a marriage record for a Thomas Chew and Julia Minser that didn’t match the will of Julia’s father, William Huggins. At the end was the…

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The family of Andrew & Anna Chew

I published a first effort at mapping out documentary evidence tying Andrew and Anna Chew to their commonly listed children. Summary Andrew Chew left behind very few documentary records of his existence. Many family researchers, including myself, list basic facts about his life, including his birth between 1770 and 1773…

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The Vinsons

I finished transcribing Mabel Vinson Cage’s memoir, and published the lot. Of course, very little of it relates to my daughter’s family–really just chapter 2–but maybe someone else will appreciate it.

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Hike to the top of Bartolome

27-JAN-11: Isla Bartolome

Today was an early start, around 6am. Katie warned me the night before that she would be cranky, and her prediction was accurate. After a few gentle attempts to wake her, I realized the wiser strategy would’ve been to leave her alone.

The goal for this morning was a low peak at the top of Bartolome Island that has a nice view of some of the surrounding islands with a mid-ground of a bay with an odd rock formation. The shot is below.

2011-01-27 bartolome

I understand the theory of landscape photography: 70% of the photo is your foreground (meaning that’s what you spend all your time trying to find), 20% is the back-ground, and 10% is the sky (unless the clouds are super awesome). Foreground? Just dirt. Acres of dirt. Dirt everywhere. Oh, also our shadows. The sky? Super boring, and with all that dirt in the foreground, I included way too much sky. Only choice was a) to crop the top and the bottom and have a thin shot, like I did above, or b) put people in the foreground. Which doesn’t interest me. Karina took some of Katie and me posing in front of the fence, though.

Honestly, I could’ve passed on this hike. Katie and I both wish she had: on the way up, she was getting badly winded, probably because of the pregnancy. On the way down, she lost her footing and twisted her foot.