A blend of genealogy and history, along with current events, politics, religion, and other stuff not always suited for the dinner table. No charge. No spam. Just love. And trains …

Welcome to the newly revised The World According to Greg. In this iteration I am trying to return to more of a genealogy and family history focus.

Don't get me wrong. I still say things that are bound to get me in trouble. There are still family members and friends who won't have me to dinner any time soon, but they're just going to have to get over it, because I won't shut up. Sort of a Hile family trait. I do have some exciting and new things planned, so stay tuned and come back often.

And while you're at it, check out Finescale History and Finescale Design, my companion sites that are almost ready to launch. The World According to Greg will always be free, but if you like what you see here and would like help in pursuing your own family history, have a special history-related project, or you just want to support what's going on, the Finescale sites will be another place to be ...

What's New

The latest Posts, Stories and Social Media

The Story of Us

Stories, posts and galleries specifically related to genealogy and family history in general, and my Hile family (with all its many branches) in particular

Carothers Gravesites

Out of Sight, Out of Mind …

Why am I interested in the prominent members of my family tree? In a word, gravitas …

For the Last Time, Newsom is Not Pelosi’s Nephew

Sometimes, genealogy can be used not only to prove family relationships, but also to disprove it. Case in point: if you follow California wing nuts you have no doubt heard that our governor Gavin Newsom is Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s nephew. Uh, no. He’s not.

Consider the Source

Whether it is incredulous politicians or innocent and well-meaning genealogists and family historians, as we navigate the sometimes difficult pathway between truth and assumption, we must always consider the source.

The Truth … According to Greg

Sometimes truth hurts, but it's still truth. All the posts and stories of The World According to Greg

I’m Sticking with Joe

People keep asking me who I’m voting for. The overriding question for me has also always been the ability to beat Trump, hold the House, and take back the Senate, and for awhile it seemed like Biden might go down for the count. South Carolina changed all that, and so I’m sticking with Joe.

Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool, But She May Have Raised a Wilson

One of the things I tell clients and those interested in family history and genealogy is to be prepared for what you might find. Case in point: me.

My Parents and Grandparents

Actually, none of the people in the photo were parents or grandparents of mine. Enter the good folks at WikiTree, of whom I am proud to be a member.

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If there ever was a family member I would have liked to have known better, it would probably have been my great grandmother.

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Just Keep an Ashtray Handy ... - The World According to Greg

If there ever was a family member I would have liked to have known better, it would probably have been my great grandmother.


Reminds me of the rays of the Sun — so strong they’ll burn your eyes out if you look directly at it unless you’re wearing a paw patrol mask over them …

A virus so strong that it can get past 3 vaccines but can’t get past your paw patrol mask.

Westward Bound …

The 1919 first-hand account of the Hile family travel by train from Hannibal, Missouri to the West Coast as told by Ella Smith Hile

The Gallery

Photography is both the beauty and the reality of life. Like history writ large, the recorded image can be difficult to appreciate or contemplate, but is always rewarding.
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