There’s a lot of good family history information available on the Internet. Here are five places we’ve enjoyed visiting this week:
Home is where the history is. Lt Ali Darwish had a simple plan – build a small space in which he could commemorate his family’s history. Six years later, he had Bin Darwish Heritage Village, which includes a replica of a kitchen, a traditional stone flour grinder, two types of well, a restored 1958 Land Rover, three six-meter models of traditional boats, an elevated sleeping platform and two cannon. It is just one of many personal museums in the United Arab Emirates.
Our Favorite Things Have Stories to Tell. Blogger Dan Curtis reminds us “how much our treasured possessions are a window into the stories of our life.”
A Ghostwriter Who Struggled to Accept Life in the Shadows. Sandford Dody, by all accounts, was a successful writer before his death at age 90 on July 4. But Dody, who helped actresses Bette Davis and Helen Hayes write best sellers, was haunted by his role as a ghost writer. In fact, in his own 1980 memoir, Dody wrote "Let the next star write her own damned autobiography."
Genealogy Tip of the Day. Do you thing of genealogy as a continuing education kind of thing? If so, this site may be just the ticket for you.
The History of Miller Park. Gottlieb Frederick Miller is said to have walked much of the way from New York to Lancaster, Ohio, after emigrating from Wurttemberg, Germany, more than 150 years ago. A cobbler by trade, Gottlieb’s son, William, went on to become a well-known shoe manufacturing executive whose family eventually donated land for a public park and pool.
Larry Lehmer is a professional personal historian who helps people preserve their family histories. To learn more, visit his web site, send him an e-mail or follow him on Twitter.
Flickr photo courtesy of Brittany G.