Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Finney book is finished!


"An American Genealogy: The Finney Family History and Genealogy" is finished!

At the start of summer, I said I would complete the book by end of August - and I did. I had been working on it for most of this year, but put in a concentrated effort to finish it this summer.

The book has a startling section called "Controversy, Science, and Revelation." This section will overturn all previously published Finney genealogies, and this book will be the first to announce important Finney genealogy information.

This book will also be the first Finney genealogy that has been published in many years. There are hundreds of photos in this book too! Putting a fact to names, dates, and places is a tradition in my unique style of pictorial genealogies.

The proof copy will arrive in 2 or so weeks. Once approved, the book will be available on amazon.com or you can request an autographed copy from me.

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Ralph Copeland's estate leads to Genealogy find for another

When Ralph Copeland passed, he left his home to a church that his father's family attended - "a little church in the country." I asked the minister if he would be kind enough to send me any photos and memorabilia, as Ralph did not have children. I wanted to make sure those things were not just thrown away.

On his first visit to Ralph's home, the minister brought home 30 photo albums and 23 diaries! However they had the name of another couple that I did not know about. One of the other Copeland cousins recalled that they were Ralph's wife Arlene's aunt and uncle.

I began researching their names and found that they had no children. On ancestry.com, I researched family trees that had the couple's names in them. Then I contacted the owners of those family trees.

Luckily several replied with interest - but there was one whose families were closely related, who had family letters, and who recalled visiting them and meeting Arlene. This relative will inherit the treasure trove of photos - which has photos through the early 70s - as well as historical photos of old time Coffeyville KS. Hopefully she may find some photos that she can share with us later!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Ralph Copeland, 1923 - 2011









It's been one day since you've passed, Ralph, and the world feels empty without you. I have Faith that you are with your Beloved Arlene, your Loving Relatives, including my late Father. Go with God, dear Ralph.



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