I am having a wonderful time researching my own family, but also the family of my late husband, John Charles Armor. John is a direct descendant of Charles Linn, who was influential in founding the city of Birmingham, Alabama. I have come up against a mystery, however. There are conflicting stories as to whether or not Charles Linn left behind a wife and childen in Finland when he came to America. In any case, he was certainly a colorful character, crossing the Altantic over 50 times, first as a cabin boy, but later as the captain of his own ship. He and his son were blockade runners during the Civil War, taking Southern cotton to Liverpool to earn money for the Confederate cause. And that’s just John’s family! Mine contains a John Quincy Adams Bullis and a Grant Sheridan Meade, showing that at least we have always had a sense of history!