Smoky Mountain Family Historian

Monday, April 24, 2006

One Room Schoolhouses

LINK - Here's a story about a one-room schoolhouse that's been around since the American Revolution in New Hampshire. I guess I've always romanticized these relics of the past. Education Wonks questions the quality of the education children are receiving at these. Personally, I wonder if the education quality is not better because it is more personalized. There is a 1:18 teacher-student ratio. The community is close-knit and probably keeps better tabs on what is going on at the school. There is likely even more accountability. In this day and age, the teacher is going to have to be aware of all the standards and meet the state-mandated requirements anyway.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Paving Over Graves

LINK - In Wellington, Ohio, a businessman paved over two graves to make room for a parking lot. The headstones were saved and will be relocated. The graves belonged to Charles Seeley (d. 1880) and his wife Lucy (d. 1882). The owner has offered to exhume the graves and rebury the deceased if family members come forward.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

East Tennessee Historian Dies

LINK - Peter Hayden Prince, author of Ghost Towns of the Smokies, died earlier this week. He has an impressive resume.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Genetic Genealogy

LINK - An interesting MSNBC site focuses on DNA in genealogy. Thanks to Dick Eastman for the tip!

Monday, April 03, 2006

I Hope This Prediction Holds True

LINK - I've been trying to find a new home that I would really like, but everything that is acceptable is priced just a little beyond what I feel that I comfortably afford. If home sellers do lower their prices 10% by fall, I might just be able to enjoy the "American dream."