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.

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Merry Christmas

Christmas has not been always been that joyous of an occasion for me over the years. Still, Christmas has its moments, family traditions that only the family would understand and appreciate and covet, children discovering and rediscovering Santa Claus, or whatever is special for you.

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Just Who Was James Dudymott?

Most of my family tree branches go back several hundred years. The Dudymott lineage, on the other hand, is another story. James Dudymott was born in Pennsylvania in 1812. At that point, the Dudymott name turns into what genealogists call a dead end.

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When the World is Out of this World

Located near Mt. Lassen National Park in Northern California, the Allen Telescope Array (funded by the late Paul Allen) searches for extra-terrestrial signals from outer space. Makes you wonder what in the world those from beyond Earth must be thinking as they listen in on us. 

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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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WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

The Story of Me is the Story of Us

Welcome to The World According to Greg! This is my life and my story. At its heart is the written word. Be it through a blog post, a short story, social media postings or a tweet, for me, as for Truman Capote once wrote, “the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make."

I have always been a voracious reader, a student of history, interested in how the world works, and wanting to know our place as humans in it. What is the meaning of life? Is there a meaning to life? Is there a point to the progression of human events, or, as has been said, is history just one damn thing after another? It is these “big picture” concepts that fascinate me, but also draw me to the specifics of my own evolution as a human being that compels me to investigate it in terms of genealogy and family history.

At the same time, lately, I am also inspired to write about it by all those who feel the need to loudly proclaim their version of “facts” but demonize those who might think otherwise. You know who you are. Well, actually, you probably don’t, but just know that you will always be welcome here. Challenge me, take me on, prove that I am just another one of those radical, left-wing California whacko snowflakes beholden to the mainstream media, the Clintons, the Obamas, George Soros or any combination thereof.

The posts on this site are divided into two main subject areas. The Family Tree contains stories and posts specifically related to genealogy and family history in general, and my family (and all its many branches) in particular. If you’re mainly interested in that and not all the other stuff, that’s the place to go. On the other hand, The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth. According to Greg has it all (including the family tree stuff) -- and while the goal is to tie the past to the current, it doesn't always do that. It also contains the stuff you're not supposed to talk about over the family dinner table. In fact, talking about this stuff has gotten me blocked from the Facebook pages of some "friends" of mine and a couple cousins whose stories are a part of The Family Tree but who probably won’t be inviting me to their dinner table any time soon. Sometimes the truth hurts.

Just know that you will find the unexpected in places you never knew existed. Come along and enjoy the ride so far, and know that somewhere along the way, you’re likely to find yourself, for the story of me is the story of us.

What follows are some of my favorite posts to get you started. and give you a flavor of my purpose and style. Click on the title to this blurb if you want to know more about me. Otherwise, the party starts below.

Enjoy ...

UPCOMING POSTS

  • Scenes from a Monterey Park Restaurant
  • Lessons from Life: Why We Need Critical Race Theory
  • When Republicans Were the Liberals and Democrats the Conservatives
  • Trooper Sam
  • The Ebenezer Gospel

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THE FAMILY TREE

The Family Tree contains stories and posts specifically related to genealogy and family history in general, and my family (and all its many branches) in particular. If you’re mainly interested in that and not all the other stuff, that’s the place to go. Click the button below and it will take you there.

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