Odds and Ends

Ann Cushman provides a marvelous resource of odds and ends and tidbits and stuff from the unusual to the amusing. In between, you might find a clue or a new source of information to aid your research.


We all have family anecdotes. Are yours written down? We’re familiar with the grandma and grandpa books with questions.

A friend is asking these questions of her mother-in-law by email. She asks questions every week or so. The lady is quite deaf and types her answers. Instead of a relatively short answer, she may tell 15 different anecdotes. They no doubt lived through a lot of world and local events. What were the effects on them? What a gift for the children and grandchildren. It may just be mundane things that people don’t do now or do differently. Think your rotary phone and an eight-party line.