Yes, Del Shannon is a Westover

Yes, Del Shannon is a Westover

If you are of a certain age or just a fan of popular American music then you likely have heard the name Del Shannon. This was Shannon’s first big hit in 1961: Everyone knows the song. It was, after all, a #1 Billboard hit. But did you know the Del Shannon is actually a Westover? Over the course of the years since we launched this site I have been asked at least a dozen times how we might be related to Del Shannon, who was actually born as Charles Weedon Westover in 1934. I have largely dismissed the question becauseClick to continue…

A Vision for Rootstech

A Vision for Rootstech

Is anyone out there going to Rootstech this year? Rootstech is the world’s largest convention dedicated to family history. From all over the world people gather to learn more about family history research and to connected with resources, vendors and experts related to geneaology. It is held every winter in Salt Lake City, Utah and now another event is planned for the fall of 2019 in London. Rootstech is not cheap. It costs about $200 for entry to the four day event, although it is quite easy to score free tickets for the usual Family Discovery Day offered on theClick to continue…

The Vital Importance of the In-Law Family

The Vital Importance of the In-Law Family

My wife and I just returned from a fairly quick trip to California to attend the memorial service for Sandy’s aunt. It was a refreshing and even fun event. I learned a great deal. Sandy’s Aunt Sharon is a fixture in the family. Sister to Sandy’s Mom, she has always been part of every gathering and Sandy’s growing up years will filled with her presence and influence. I personally cannot claim more than maybe a dozen interactions over the past thirty years with Aunt Sharon — but what an impact those interactions have had. I wish I had the timeClick to continue…

Finding Doyle West

Finding Doyle West

He was, to borrow a phrase, a master of the moment. As the house lights came down the spotlight would zero in on him as he briskly made his way to the podium where he quickly bowed to the audience, receiving polite applause. He turned on his heel and struck a quick chord with the orchestra and then, suddenly, he turned on his heel again facing the audience, his baton raised. He held the note there for just long enough – the audience watching in curiosity. You could almost hear them thinking, “What in the world is he doing?” AndClick to continue…

A Trip to Minnesota

A Trip to Minnesota

It hasn’t even been a week since we received word that Aunt Alice passed away. Last Sunday Bunni posted on Facebook in a message broadcast to family and loved ones far and wide that at the age of 91 Alice had gone home to be with Pete. Very quickly my Dad and my brother and I exchanged messages to each other. “We have to go,” Jay said. We all felt that way. Alice is the wife of my Uncle Peter Begich, my Grandpa Carl’s big brother. You know the story of Grandpa Carl and hopefully you know the story ofClick to continue…