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Volcanoes, 9-11, and Personal History

by Memoir Mentor on October 14, 2009

I’m reading Daniel Walker Howe’s What Hath God Wrought, which won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 2008. It’s a thick book, about the depth of a Los Angeles phone directory, and chock-full of interesting information about, as the subtitle states, “The Transformation of America, 1815-1848.” I’m loving this book, though I have to admit it’s […]


How to Bring Your Ancestors to Life

by Memoir Mentor on September 9, 2009

My fall classes have begun again and I’m continuing my practice of posting an exemplary student story each week. Once again I’m honoring the work of Carol Enos, who has a special gift for breathing life into her ancestors  by combining known data with research about the era in which they lived. She then uses […]


SCGS Jamboree Update

by Memoir Mentor on February 16, 2009

Southern California folks interested in attending the annual Jamboree sponsored by the Southern California Genealogy Society should check out their blog dedicated specifically to the Jamboree. Go to You’ll find everything you need to know in an easily accessible format. This year’s Jamboree is scheduled for June 26-28 at the Marriott Hotel in Burbank. […]