Who Was William Frank Byle?

| November 20, 2011

Recently I received an email inquiry from a reader who was asking me about his great-grandfather, William Frank Byle (1868 – 1933), who appears in my North Annville Genealogy. Specifically, he wanted to know how I had come to the conclusion that William Frank was the son of Henry Byle. He correctly pointed out that, [...]

Who Was Albrecht Deibler’s Wife?

| August 17, 2011

Albrecht Deibler was a known historical figure. He was also one of my 5th great-grandfathers. He was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, around 1726. Later he settled in what is now upper Dauphin County and established a homestead he called Horn Pipe. The Land Grant map of 1773 shows his 336-acre estate. During the Revolutionary [...]

Documenting Blood Quanta

| November 13, 2009

Recently I received an email from a grandchild of Mary Anna Rich (born 1899). He told me that he was contesting tribal records with regard to his grandmother’s blood quantum, which was officially changed from full-blood to 7/8th sometime after the 1950s. He was requesting my assistance in finding documentation that his grandmother was indeed [...]

Hey, I’m a Screenwriter!

| July 27, 2009

Today I watched The Blue Eyed Six documentary on DVD. The Blue Eyed Six were a group of six men, all of them coincidentally blue-eyed, who were arrested and indicted on first degree murder charges in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, in 1879. The motive for the murder was an insurance scheme which relied on life insurance [...]

Sam Bradford, “Certified Cherokee”

| September 24, 2007

Readers of this website may already know that I am a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and a faithful fan of Sooner sports, particularly football. So I was glad when my father called me last week to remind me that the Sooners were playing Tulsa on Friday night, and that the game would be [...]

Which Tribe?

| June 30, 2007

This post is in response to an email question I received about Charles George Shunatona. An article was published online by Tim Giago about The Great Horse of the Pawnee Nation, which describes a legend passed down to Shunatona by his great-grandfather. The person writing to me was apparently confused by the fact that the [...]

Rumors of Native Ancestry

| February 15, 2007

I wrote my article, Are You Part Cherokee?, several years ago. I intended the message to be truthful, but with a touch of tongue-in-cheek humor. Most of the feedback I receive is from other native Americans who either agree with me or who thank me for publishing the idea online. Some even tell me about [...]

Finding RoMere Darling

| February 9, 2007

Long after my grandmother died, one of my cousins began to compile some of our family history. One of the stories involved my grandmother’s half-sister, Josephine Caleb, who married Frank Grinnell and had a daughter who became a film star under the name, “Rose Marie Darling”. When I took over the project, I tried to [...]

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