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Pic of the Week (#130) - "Group of Educated Orang Utans", the Bronx Zoo, and the Parks Family (Postcard, 1905)

Pic of the Week (#130) - "Group of Educated Orang Utans", the Bronx Zoo, and the Parks Family (Postcard, 1905)

Here is a quirky postcard from 1905. It shows a “Group of Educated Orang Utans” gathered around a table sharing a meal. It is from the New Your Zoological Park. Can you help me find the story of the Parks family?

Dewey Loudermilk (1898-1957): The Coolest Name In My Family Tree

Dewey Loudermilk (1898-1957): The Coolest Name In My Family Tree

Dewey Loudermilk (1898-1957) was my 1st cousin 3x removed. He has, perhaps, the coolest name in my family tree. This is his story.

The Last Will and Testament of Christopher Adkins (1825-1887), My 4th Great Grandfather

The Last Will and Testament of Christopher Adkins (1825-1887), My 4th Great Grandfather

“I Christopher Adkins, of Epsom, in the County of Daviess, and State of Indiana, merchant, being of sound and disposing mind and memory …” - I believe this to be the last will and testament of my 4th great grandfather, Christopher Adkins (1825-1887).

Teenager Survives Mule Kick to Face: William Marion Arvin (1889-1960)

Teenager Survives Mule Kick to Face: William Marion Arvin (1889-1960)

This newspaper article from July 1, 1905 describes the violent mule kick suffered by my 1st cousin 3x removed, William Marion Arvin (1889-1960).

Peter Christopher Costlow (1846-1905) and His Wife Matilda Topper Costlow (1850-1935)

Peter Christopher Costlow (1846-1905) and His Wife Matilda Topper Costlow (1850-1935)

I am confident, though not certain, that this is my 3rd great uncle Peter Christopher Costlow (1846-1905) and his wife, Matilda. Here is his story and the questions that remain.

A Boy Without a Dad and the Family He Made: Arthur Bryan Myers Sears (1900-1964)

A Boy Without a Dad and the Family He Made: Arthur Bryan Myers Sears (1900-1964)

This is my great grandfather, Arthur Bryan Sears (1900-1964), probably around age one. As far as I can tell he was fatherless for his first several years. This is his story.

Adoptive Fathers in Your Family Tree - John Alfred Sears (1860-1951)

Adoptive Fathers in Your Family Tree - John Alfred Sears (1860-1951)

Learning about the adoptive fathers in your family tree can help you tell your ancestral story. Here is the story of an adoptive father in my tree, John Alfred Sears (1860-1951).

 

"Tall Man Dead" - Patrick Miles (1834-1903)

"Tall Man Dead" - Patrick Miles (1834-1903)

My 3rd great grandfather, Patrick Miles, was a tall man. Apparently he was one of the tallest in his county at the time of his death in 1903. He stood six feet and six inches "in his stocking feet." This is his story.