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 World According to Greg newly revised. 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, my companion site. The World According to Greg will always be free, but if you like what you see here and would like to pursue your own family history, or you just want to support what's going on, Finescale History is the 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 (and all its many branches) in particular

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.

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.

The Begatin’ Man

Based on family oral history it is highly likely that I am related to William Jennings Bryan but exactly how is still not quite clear from the documentary evidence. This points out an important factor to consider when doing genealogy research, namely that one cannot sit in front of a computer and expect perfect, full, and complete answers.

The Truth … According to Greg

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

A Time to Stand Up and Be Counted

My first post-9/11 sermon, delivered at Cottage Way Christian Church in Sacramento, California on Sunday, September 16, 2001. Has it stood the test of time?

On the Road Again …

ln the span of less than twenty-four hours, I found myself going from embarking on a spiritual virtual journey across the Iberian peninsula to being unable to legally physically drive to the supermarket.

That Sound You Hear …

The response to Sidney Powell’s admission that no reasonable person would believe her claims of electoral fraud proves the existence of what I now call AINOs — Americans in Name Only. It’s sad to see people you love reduced to this spectacle of their own doing.

upcoming posts

  • Lessons from Life: Why We Need Critical Race Theory
  • The Ebenezer Gospel
  • Scenes from a Monterey Park Restaurant
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind …

Teachers, what do you think about this? Students, are they right?

The best teachers I remember from high school and college weren't those who taught their subject particularly well. They were the ones who taught me the joy of learning in general. Learning specifics was merely a special case, one which I could pick up later.

Visited the graves of some of my Carothers ancestors at the Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery in Martinez. While the cemetery is in poor shape, at least they had a pretty nice view …

People think Fox News is just about indoctrinating right-wingers, but it’s also about conditioning Dems on what to run away from. Framing racial justice as “controversial” is key to delaying the protection of voting rights (& others) until it’s too late. We shouldn’t indulge it.

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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