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Bad news – Mom said we’re not related

Posted on June 15th, 2008

I loved school and always scored excellent grades in History classes. I didn’t care if it was American or World History, I loved anything to do with famous people and events from the past.

During my studies I always had a nagging curiosity about where my ancestors would have been and what they were doing during major historic events. Were some of my ancestors famous knights going on the Crusades? Were others soldiers during the Napoleonic wars? Were any involved in the American Revolution or the Civil War? If so, who’s side were they on? Were they “johnny rebs” or did they wear Union blue? Did any of my family meet George Washington or Robert E. Lee in person? Read the rest of this entry »

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Hoyle History website and blog is online!

Posted on June 8th, 2008

I want to welcome all of my Hoyle cousins and namesakes, their families, and their friends to this new website.  I hope that you’ll come to enjoy your visits here and that when you do stop by you’ll feel free to contribute and comment whenever the urge strikes.

My name is John Alan Hoyle.  I live in Salem, Oregon – a city that I consider to be one of the most beautiful in America’s Pacific Northwest.  I am a semi-retired grandfather.  My work and my hobby is the creation of websites for small businesses and private individuals.  I’ll tell you more about myself on another page at another time.  All you need to really know – beside the fact that I love and admire my own family – is that I also have a life-long passion for the study of history and genealogy. 

Today is Sunday, June 8th, 2008.  This project actually gets off the ground about forty years late – but after years of promising my family that I would write our family story, I am actually putting pen to paper – or should I say “fingertips to keyboard” – thanks to two things. First is a technological format that simply did not exist forty, or even twenty, years ago – namely the Internet.  Second – the fact that I have reached an age where I can live in semi-retirement and actually have time to do some of the things I’ve never really had time for before. Read the rest of this entry »

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