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The Story of Us

The Story of Us

The Story of Us offers stories, posts, and photography collections organized on family connection and surnames. Together with the stories, posts, and photographs posted below and elsewhere on this site, our story — the story of us — can be told and shared.

There are six main collections — four from my family — Hile, Penrose, Bousman, and Korhonen/Johnson — representing my grandparents. Two collections — Baugh and Dudymott. — come from my wife Lynne’s family. Others will be developed over time related to the “other side” of my children’s trees, for example, Lewis, Benson, Baca, and the like.

Of course, family connections have more than one surname. The Hile Family Collection, for example, also contains items related to surnames such as Kennedy, Smith, Coppedge, Dameron, Skinner, and others, and as these grow they may very well necessitate their own collections, as well. Over time, more photos will be added and captions that tell the story behind the photos will come, as well. Click on the appropriate album galleries below, which will then take you to the particular family collection you are interested in.

This page is also the starting point for exploration of more general topics in genealogy and family history. One of my Twitter feeds — @Hile Family History— is located to the right and contains valuable, up-to-date information. Longer, more-detailed posts can be found below, and, also on the relevant family collections.

The stories, posts and photos on this site are also intended to be interactive. Feel free to post comments, questions, and ideas for further exploration. You may also use the general comments page if you want to keep it just between you and me.

Family Tree Galleries

Family Tree Stories and Posts

Sue Williams Hannibal High School 1950

Why We Do It

A renewal of old family relations came at exactly the right time and place, fueled by someone I’ve never met.

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Just Keep an Ashtray Handy …

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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History is Like a Box of Chocolates

Slow news days happen every once in awhile and sometimes things that might go relatively unnoticed to the rest of the world, in today’s parlance, “go viral” and you never know what you’re going to get.

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The Curse of the Hile Males, Part Two

As we come up on my youngest son Justin’s birthday, some things with regard to The Curse of the Hile Males bear reminding as to the implications for us Hile males. So, I made a list.

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Sisu Down Big Boy

If anyone embodied the Finnish notion of sisu it had to be my grandmother. As stoic and resilient as they come Grandma Penrose was almost deaf, had a heart condition, a double mastectomy, and a very soft voice, but it was always clear just who was in charge.

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It’s Been One Hell of a Ride …

Today is our 25th wedding anniversary. Not that our kids noticed or anything, but what surprises me is that it ever happened at all.

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