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The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is excited to introduce its new 2017 Ten-Year Renewal and Replacement Plan (10-Year Capital Plan) that will ensure the safety and integrity of the four … more
It seems as if there’s no end to the new websites you can find for genealogical research. Using a search engine to find just about any topic turns up something interesting.I was doing a little … more
There are many ways I can dissect the extraordinary life of the late Kenneth J. Marshall. He meant so much to so many people in this community. His obituary doesn’t tell the whole … more
In researching our ancestors, we spend a great deal of time tracking down dates and places in vital records. Obviously, this is important because we have to be certain we have the right John Smith … more
I hadn’t looked at the French-Canadian branch on my family tree since 2008. This is an updated version of a column I wrote at that time — some new websites and some no longer with us. A discovery on my paternal grandmother’s side took … more
CLIMBING THE FAMILY TREE — A GENEALOGY COLUMN Censuses are probably one of the most important (and most easily accessible) ways of tracking our ancestors through time and place. With the 1940 census now available, there are almost 100 … more
As summer winds down, I try to enjoy reading outdoors as much as possible before cold weather returns. Sitting in the backyard with the birds and squirrels, admiring the garden and then drifting into a book is just heaven this time of year. … more
I’ve been very busy genealogically, but haven’t had time for new research. This summer, I did research for a client and read lots of books and magazines. And, I’m trying to input all the data I discovered on the last couple of research trips I … more
From the files of the Bristol Phoenix, Spring 1915: EDITORIAL Urgent Need for an Army Reserve The crises through which we are passing has brought forcibly to our mind the urgent need of an Army Reserve for use in time of national peril. … more
New school planned for High Street A petition is in circulation requesting that a special town meeting be called to consider the matter of a purchase of the site for the new school house, $40,000 for the construction of which was appropriated at … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.