Author Archives: Dennis

Family History Research

Alex Haley’s groundbreaking historical novel, Roots, first published in 1976, became an instant worldwide phenomenon. An important book and television series, Roots, galvanized the nation and created an extraordinary political, racial, social, and cultural dialogue. In addition, Roots launched a tidal wave of interest in family history research. Overnight, public, genealogical and historical society libraries, […] (Read more)

I am from…

I am from Clyde and Drusilla, William and Hattie, Albert and Emma, George and Elizabeth, Daniel and Nancy, William and Ittle, Charles and Minnie. I am from colonial Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Minnesota farmland, the Oregon Trail, Arizona Territory, California. I am from the converging objects of the universe perpetually written to […] (Read more)

Whether Bakserfield

The heat of the Bakersfield summer sun beat down on the faded red 1971 Volkswagen squareback as David and Bill drove south on Highway 99 through the dusty brown expanse of the Southern San Joaquin Valley toward Los Angeles. “God, I hate Bakersfield in the summer,” David said, squinting, unable to make out the Tehachapi […] (Read more)