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Empress Alexandra of Russia in later years. Much of her youthful beauty had faded by the time this picture was taken. I believe that Alexandra was really a lovely, kind and charitable person but the victim of her introverted personality and ill fortune. She was consumed with worry over the Tsarevich's hemophilia, victimized by her extreme religious beliefs, crippled by her shyness and consumed with instilling her strength into her gentle husband Tsar Nicholas II. Perfect formula for…

Samoa Bundt Cake

Tis the season! Samoa Bundt Cake is back. Quite possibly the greatest dessert recipe in the history of the universe. Chocolate and Brown sugar swirl cake topped with caramel frosting, toasted coconut and chocolate ganache. Not healthy, but totally worth every bite!

You have heard it before - Not all (actually, MOST) genealogy records are not online. Unfortunately, those records seem to be where I am not. Traveling to multiple repositories is time consuming and expensive. So, how do we as genealogists access those much needed records?