Monthly Archives: April 2018

For something that often goes by the name of “family history,” genealogy in the Internet age has become as much or more solitary as social. This is as a result of the ability of genealogists to access so many records at home from their computer desktops instead of going out into the world chasing those …

Some 20 years ago, my late mother Mildred H. Beidler had a visitor from the Midwest. The visitor was one of those distant cousins you meet through genealogical happenstance. Her name is Michelle Potter and she was a descendant of Elias Machmer, who my mother recalled having been talked as a brother to mom’s great-grandfather …