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weston-ochse's picture
Feb.23.2011
I’ve always been lucky to be surrounded by tough, strong women. My mother is a strong woman. In fact, when I think of emotional strength, I think of her. Physical strength too. That sort of physical strength that allows one to endure hardship, to hold on and not let go.  She came from a line of...
cheryl-hall-russell's picture
Feb.23.2011
There are no rose colored glasses to put on when looking back at the slave trade in the U.S.  It was as ugly and as awful as it has been portrayed to be.   For most of us, as we think about slavery we envision the huge plantations replete with dozens of slave quarters, overseers, and unrelenting...
brian-cook's picture
Feb.23.2011
I have been on a personal quest to find out as much as possible about my family's ancestry for going on 20 years now.   I am not quite sure what drives my urge to uncover the unknown facts and information surrounding the persons in my bloodline, but it is a strong force that keeps pushing me...
cynthia-a-clampitt's picture
Feb.23.2011
I'd rather write about my dad—an amazing man of remarkable talents and boundless curiosity—but he is too close in time to be an ancestor. However, his family has a few gems in its background. While my mom is a first-generation American, dad's family stretches back to before the dawn of the United...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Feb.23.2011
When you really aren't something unusual, often you try to find things that make you bigger and better.  It's hard to craft a story around something perceived smaller by the general population.  The Mexican grandmother becomes "Spanish," the itinerant, wastrel grandfather becomes a hobo,...
mark-charlton's picture
Feb.23.2011
  My Great Aunt Kitty lived in a fading two bed terrace in Newcastle on Tyne. It had threadbare carpets and horsehair sofas that once were stylish - she wore copious jewellery, too much rouge and was entirely dependent on the help of others. She ought to have lived in Paris. I must have...
SusanVH's picture
Feb.23.2011
First, I bawled like a baby.  Then I got busy writing. I'd been doing some genealogical research, Googling the names of my ancestors on my father's side.  William Smallwood, the first of our branch of the family tree to step foot in America, had settled in Warsaw, New York.  He was a prominent...
red-room-well-red's picture
Feb.22.2011
(Updated February 28th, 2011) Black History Month wraps up today. I hope you'll enjoy this compilation of all the great articles Red Room Executive Editor Gina Misiroglu solicited for our publishing partner Black Voicesand for Red Room. So many of these stories has had us thinking about our roots...
red-room-well-red's picture
Feb.20.2011
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