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Those Who Ignore History are Bound to Repeat It (including genealogists)

By James L. Tanner The actual quote, which I have used before in posts, is “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” See George Santayana 16 December 1863 in Madrid, Spain. Here is the entire quote: Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot... Read More →

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mother’s Day with Dutch Apple Cake

My mother-in-law, Betty, gave me a wonderful gift one year. It was an old ledger with dates beginning in 1877. It is filled with details on lost animals and damages they had caused. It lists responsible party names and fines paid. All great genealogical evidence of days gone by. In the back pages, that were never used for recordkeeping, is my favorite part—old-time recipes! Handwritten, spattered and stained from kitchen use. The book is worn and well used. I’d like to share one of my favorite... Read More →