the story of us
There are now eight 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. Lewis and Benson are the two newest collections. The Lewis Family Collection relates to my kids’ maternal side, but also includes the spousal branches, namely Baca and Epps. While it makes for an ever-increasingly crowded field, it will also provide historical context for my and my wife’s grandchildren. The Benson Family Collection provides a similar forum for Lynne’s children to preserve the Benson and Dare branches.
Just identifying these eight tree branches is a complex task, but it doesn’t stop there, as family connections have more than one surname. The Hile Family Collection, for example, will also contain items related to surnames that married into the family, such as Kennedy, Smith, Coppedge, Dameron, Skinner, and others, and as these grow they may very well necessitate their own separate collections, as well. The concept of consanguinity, where family lines intermarry, also comes into play here, as there is, for example, more than one instance of Hiles marrying Penroses.
Nor does the complexity stop there, for regardless of family line, the physical location of families over time must also be considered. Thus, there are also sections on particular locations.
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 — contains valuable, up-to-date information. Longer, more-detailed posts can be found below, and also on the relevant family collections. Over time, more photos will be added and captions that tell the story behind the photos will come, as well.
The stories, posts and photos on this site are 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.