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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


Westward Bound

I never really got to know my great grandmother, but I do remember the day she died. It was the first time I ever saw my dad cry.

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The Curse of the Hile Males

It’s not just the pretty face. Things just happen to us that we can’t always explain.

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Speaking of Bad-Ass Women …

She’s as bad-ass as they come. In fact, she was born bad-ass, following a long line of bad-ass women, like her mother, her grandmothers, and the generations of strong, smart, powerful women before them. Of course, she’s only two, so there’s bound to be a certain amount of figuring out of stuff along the way, but with a face like this, who can doubt she’s going to rule the world some day.

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Sarah Skinner Spittoon Spitter

Sarah Skinner McIntyre was a bad-ass woman who lived to almost one hundred. Which brings me to my daughter Lindsay, a bad-ass woman herself, who carries on the tradition of strong, talented, independent, kind, and powerful family women in ways that continue to amaze me and for which I am so proud to be a part of.

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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.

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William and Frances

We often think of the westward movement as Manifest Destiny and its movers and shakers as noble pioneers. It wasn’t always that way.

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