”History takes time. History makes memory.”
-Gertrude Stein.


Let us keep passing along the moments of yesterday and share encounters with the past.

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“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
– Dr. Carl Sagan


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"Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future."
-- Gail Lumet Buckley


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The Distant Clansman will periodically select and review a historical book. We provide an informative and concise review of strictly nonfiction books ranging from genealogy, American/World and military history.

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Burns' Return to Clay County, Kentucky

July 01, 2012 | Gary Burns

Each year in the hot summer months a day is chosen for a gathering of distant Burns clansmen, and clanswomen, too. This year that date was the 30th of June (2012). The temperature soared to an uncommon one-hundred-five degrees by mid-morning. In the shade of the mountains along the unusually dry Meadow Branch of Little Bull Skin Creek ...

The John E. and America Burns Roberts Family

December 12, 2012 | Diane Burns Brads

John Edward Roberts was born May, 1852 to George Washington Roberts and Malinda Jones Roberts in Clay County, Kentucky. John’s brother, Andrew Mack Roberts, wrote what he called a “brief biography” in 1932. He stated, “My father wer the youngest ...

Personal Account: Battle of Okinawa

April 1, 2012 | Gary Burns

Easter Sundays were always ominous, they stirred fear and reminded one that the cross we must bear lays hidden from view just on the other side of the next bend in life’s road. Like most spring days in the Pacific, Easter Sunday, 1945 was mild, a warm seventy-three degrees ...

A Marine’s Diary: Carl Turner Newland Sr.

August 18, 2012 | Gary Burns

Diaries, more commonly referred to today as journals, allow us inside a person’s most inner thoughts. They can be so revealing that the reader feels at times as if s/he is trespassing – an intruder violating the sanctity of the mind. Some writings...

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