I have been lucky enough to have the love and support of my extended family for my entire life. Fortunately, I have finally realized just how lucky I am. My parents, my children, who, by the way are the greatest kids in the world, my brother and his family, and all the uncles, aunts, grandparents, cousins and everyone else have helped me realize where I came from.

In 1996, my parents were asked by Tom's (my nephew) wife Debbie to write a family history. We got it printed out and gave it to everyone at Christmas that year. It has since turned in to one of my most valued possessions. This web site is the internet version of that family history, and is a surprise gift to my parents on their fifty-sixth wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad.

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The journey is in four parts, with a couple of story pages for each part. Attached to each of the story pages are several pictures of our family from early this century to Christmas of 1997. Whenever you see a picture on the right side of the page, you can click on it to see a full-sized version of the picture, along with (hopefully) some information about the people or events in the picture. When you go to the picture page, there will be a bar at bottom of the page that you can click on to bring you back to where you were. Go ahead, try it!

That wasn't hard, was it? There are about seventy pictures you can look at on your journey through time, including some that we didn't have when we did the printed version, which means we will probably do the printed version again.

At the bottom of each story page is a bar like the one at the bottom of this page. If you click on the "Next" button, you will go to the next story page. If you click on the "Back" button, you will be taken to the previous story page.

I know that some of you who will go through this journey have thought many times that you should do some kind of family history. I can only say that you should do it right now. You won't regret it, and it will only help you learn more about your family.

Enjoy the trip!

If this is your first visit to our corner of the web, start your journey by clicking on the "Part One" button. If you have been here before, you can pick up where you left off by clicking on the appropriate button.

Growing up during the Great Depression, meeting each other, falling hopelessly in love and getting married.
Spending World War II in Washington DC, working at Fort Meade and in the Pentagon, living on almost no money.
The War is over, Micki and Marion come back to Indiana and raise a family.
Having grandchildren, great-grandchildren and restoring a Civil War era house.
If you have ever thought of doing your own family history, we have some advice that may help you.