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Point Molate Beach

Overview In close proximity to the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Point Molate Beach was closed in 2001 and only reopened last month.  The Richmond city council allocated a portion of the settlement received from the 2007 Cosco Busan oil … Continue reading

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El Cerrito Madera Hillside Property

El Cerrito’s Hillside Natural Area is a rare open space gem amid our crowded East Bay communities. With 90 acres of oak forest and grasslands cut by hillside creeks, the natural area is much loved by hikers, mountain bikers, dog … Continue reading

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Favorite Posts 2013

Fun Stuff 1. Passages All time hits thru Jan 2, 2014 5,334 2. Artistic Works and Representation 2 3,923 3. Sir Richard Forester of Flanders 3,903 4. 17th Century Houses 3,758 5. College Graduates 2,354 6. Origins 2,054 7. Marcus Antonius 1,683 8. Famous Cousins 1,595 9. Family Cars 1924 – 2004 1,498 10. Henry I of France … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 250,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at … Continue reading

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Our Illiterate Backwoods Preacher from Maine

A couple of minerdescent website visitors asked me Webber family questions this week. I don’t think I ever shared this vignette about our 3rd great grandfather Charles WEBBER Jr  (1764 – 1737) or alternatively about his father, our 4th great grandfather … Continue reading

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El Cerrito Neighborhood History

Here’s some fun history from my neighborhood in El Cerrito.  (Adding panoramas Sep 2013) . . 1,500 Chickens on Navellier Our Environmental Quality Committee recently helped sponsor changes in the city animal ordinance making it legal to keep chickens in the … Continue reading

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Indian Kidnaps

Our popular imagination of Indian Kidnaps are framed by the red sands of Monument Valley in post Civil War times from movies like John Ford’s  The Searchers.   In reality, Indian kidnaps were common on the Massachusetts frontier two hundred … Continue reading

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Genealogy and the 2nd Ammendment

When I first started this genealogy project, I was thrilled to find our ancestors David WING, John COLEMAN and Seth RICHARSON “marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775″  celebrated today as the civic holiday Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts and Maine. The rebellion’s leaders, Samuel … Continue reading

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Freck Latta

Robert Ray “Freck” Latta (1836 – 1925)  is Alex’s first cousin, six times removed in the Miner line. “Freck” Latta was born 4 Mar 1836 in Jamestown, Crawford, Pennsylvania.  His parents were John A. Latta and Mary McConahey..  His paternal grandparents … Continue reading

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Thomas Perkyns

Thomas Perkyns (1525 – 1592) was Alex’s 13th Great Grandfather through his great grandson John in the Shaw line and Alex’s 13th Great Grandfather through his great granddaughter Elizabeth; also in the Shaw line. Thomas Perkyns was born about 1525 … Continue reading

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