I took a photo recently and posted it in the "Mystery/Fun Photos" section just now. It's not really a mystery and not about a fun topic, but I wanted to acknowledge a Standish born in Cochise County, Arizona, who gave his life for his country in World War II. When you have a chance, please visit his writeup and say thank-you yourself.
Tomorrow are the services for President George H. W. Bush, a descendant of Francis Cooke, John Howland, and the 3 Tilleys who were passengers on the Mayflower. He exemplified many of the qualities we would like to think our pilgrim ancestors all had and that we inherited at least a little bit of. I learned recently in the genealogy course I'm taking that those ancestors' DNA should be immeasurable or gone by now (400 years and a dozen generations later.) However, we can all strive to be "points of light" for the world around us. RIP, Cousin George.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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