Sunday, March 22, 2009

Prison Inmates Volunteer For Indexing

A good friend who knows I love genealogy sent me the link to this article. I found it inspiring. When I'm doing anything genealogical, I know how much that spirit of genealogy rewards and fulfills me, and I'm not doing time in jail. Imagine how these men are touched by their service. What an outstanding idea.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Famous Cousins

Dr. William Williams Keen was United States' first brain surgeon, who once participated in a procedure removing a cancerous tumor from the jawbone of President Grover Cleveland.

His grandson, Dr. Walter Freeman, was famous for his practice of transorbital lobotomies. Thousands of mentally ill Americans, and some not mentally ill, underwent these operations at his hands, not too many decades ago.

Drs. Keen and Freeman are descendants of my Keen ancestors from Pennsylvania.

I'm... not sure how to feel about this. :)