Category Archives: History

Bluetooth technology is named after Harald Bluetooth, whose initials in runic script — ᚼᛒ — make up the logo.


The Bluetooth name is an Anglicized version of the Scandinavian word Blåtand, sometimes spelled Blåtann. In Old Norse it’s Blátǫnn. The word is the epithet of the tenth-century king Harald Bluetooth who united dissonant Danish tribes into a single kingdom and, according to legend, introduced Christianity. The Bluetooth logo is a combination of Harald’s initials, using what are called the Hagall (ᚼ) and Bjarkan (ᛒ) characters.



One of the sailors killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor has finally been buried, at Arlington.


Walter Rogers was his name. He was from South Dakota and stationed on the USS Oklahoma.

He was just a typical teenager. He loved cars and all things mechanical. It was during the Depression, and no one had any money. We were a very poor family, but he was an ambitious teenager. And he would scrounge around for parts for a car. And he finally was able to accumulate enough parts to make a functioning automobile.”

Scientists used mitochondrial DNA and dental analysis to identify Rogers’ remains.


The Linen Trade in Northern Ireland

As a descendant of at least one weaver from Northern Ireland, I’ve been fascinated learning about the linen trade from a book I picked up about Ireland.

It was brought by French Huguenot immigrants at the end of the 17th century. Huguenots were Protestants often persecuted in majority Catholic countries such as France.

My ancestor James brought his loom with him when he and the family left for America in 1790.


Those damn Presbyterians!


doc2Presbyterianism is proving to be an important factor in the lives of some of my ancestors, so I’ve been learning more about it.

My great grandmother’s mother was born into an Ulster Presbyterian family. They came to America from Northern Ireland in 1790 and likely migrated from Scotland before that, settling in Ireland.

The Hill family, based on oral traditions and DNA evidence, likely came from Scotland during America’s colonial days. We are closely related to the Johnsons-Johnstons-Johnstowns of southwest Scotland.

August 25, 1560: Led by John Knox, the reformed Church of Scotland is established on Protestant lines. The Scottish parliament accepts the Calvinistic Scots Confession, forbids the mass, and declares the pope has no jurisdiction in Scotland.

But the story doesn’t end there!

The following year things were complicated (to say the least) by the return from France of Mary Queen of Scots to assume her throne and adhere personally to the Catholicism in which she had been raised.


Thankfully, the Troubles are over, mostly.

My interest stems partly from being a descendant of immigrants from Northern Ireland, Ulster Presbyterians.


I love seeing a flag at the grave of the Hill family patriarch, James, in Ohio. #July4th

The star is a veteran marker, noting his service during the War of 1812. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1763, witnessing the Declaration and the ensuing war against the British Empire. Remarkably, James died in 1862. His life spanned the end of the French and Indian War, before nationhood, and the beginning of the Civil War, with Abraham Lincoln at the helm.