Preface

This is a slice of Mills-family history, begun in 2016 in the USA, for Mills grandchildren, their children, and their grandchildren. It's my hope that as you read this today, 2016 was a year long long before you were born. And you never even heard of the people in this book. But after reading this, you'll know a whole lot more about the family you were born into, and what they were up to in their lives in the 1940's to the 2000's.

It's written by Ed Mills, a Florida resident. Obviously it's not about all the Millses worldwide; it's about my Mills family from my Boston-area Granddad to my Florida grandkids. That's the slice. It's pretty much all I have to work with.

Since my grandchildren have only met a few Millses, and those only once, I want to share with them many details they missed. Why? Because I knew next to nothing about my grandad; who he knew, what he did, who his relatives were, what was important to him. And even after considerable research, I only kow a little bit about him. I only met him once, which is about how many times my grandkids have met my contemporaries. I would have liked to have known more, and someday, when they start wondering, they will too. Lucky for you, YOUR (great-great?) grandfather (me) had the perspicacity to save some details here for you to study.

Had my grandfather had such a journal, I would have devoured it with great elan! No such family records exist in any context or media that I know of. The man and his life are largely a mystery.


I've for the most part, left out bias and opinion. I simply state my experiences with each relative, and what I know about their education, professions, children, hobbies, lifestyle and character. I might compare them with my own experiences, but you can form your own opinions from the facts and events. And if you gather MORE facts, send them to me. I'm glad to add verifiable facts.

Public records tell us where a relation lived, who they married, perhaps if they had certain legal jeopardies. But we don't learn much about the relative from those records. My intent is after reading a bio, we'll get a good idea of what sort of person your ancestor was.

This Project

As I read online bios of past American stars, athletes, and other glitterati, it occurred to me that I would have far more interest reading bios of MY OWN ancestors. How was life in 17th-century England? What professions did they have? Who decided to journey to America, and why? With whom? What sort of trip was that? What did it cost? What did they do on arrival? And what happened in the years from that event, to me being born? Who knows? I don't - no one jounrnaled it. As far as I know. If they did, they did a poor job of putting it anywhere a modern Mills might find it! Can you imagine having a journal from your great-great grandfather telling of his shipbound journey to the new world? That might even be of national significance. What a treasure! Hope in some ways, this narrative is too to you. Each of us have a story. Perhaps less dramatic than moving to a new continent with all your earthly posessions, but still important to many I believe.

You might say that way back then, there was no media in which to journal. And to that I'd say, cavemen in France found media- cave walls. And 30,000 years later the media is still viable; I know things about them. In fact I know more about a caveman, than I do my grandfather's dad. Or probably even my grandfather. I'd like to think my ancestors from a hundred years ago might have been as clever as a Neanderthal, but this is perhaps contrary anecdotal evidence. Or perhaps they didn't think their story was important enough to tell. We may not be glitterarti, but I think THIS story is very important to you in 2200- am I right?


I announced this project in modern-day social media; which at the time you read this is as arcane as cave-drawings I'm sure. There are some great Millses and Laceys out there I think I can count on, so I expect at least SOME help.

Also, I will share my own DNA data here. It might a nice baseline to compare yours to!

Since I don't know what the web, media, or data-storage will look like in the future, this project will also be printed and stored on digital media, and distributed to grandkids. It will also be in a safe-deposit box which I will pass along to my children. And I plan to start a family-repository website connected to a perpetual archive. As soon as I find one. The Mormon archive, although perpetual, I don't trust to be uncensored. Plus they don't store this sort of narrative. I certainly don't want our journals modified to conform to some sort of dogma. I also plan to publish and get an ISBN number, to effect some permanancy as well. We'll see.

What to leave in, what to take out? I'm not going to document some negative event, just to be complete. On the other hand, a 100% perfect family has never existed, so to toss all the negatives all would be insincere and be void of veracity. I'll add them sparingly when they contribute to the narrative, and especially when they help establish a character. I'll focus on the good, but not exclusively.


I hope you and they add their own stories and pass it all on to their kids. It's all starting here. Let's hope it's still active in 2217 and even 2517! I'd LOVE to know what my ancestors were up to in 1017!

This Perspective

Unfortunately for you, I have no alta vista family perspecitve. My perspective is almost 100% what my father told me in our weekly calls from about 1980 to the week we lost him. Therefore, most of what I will relate is data from 20 or more years ago when we had family that communicated.

But no worries- I still have lots of data to work with, and Millses don't change much. The dad I knew at 5 was the exact same dad I knew at 45.


Most of this information will be about Millses. In some cases I'll add info about those who married a Mills, if I happen to know much about them. It makes the stories more complete; they nicely salt the family soup.

In some cases a Mills is missing. I literally have no data to offer for them. In some of those cases I've made an effort to connect, and there was no interest. Or I asked other family friends for data and haven't yet received it. If I get data on a relation, I'll gladly add them. But there is no point in adding names just to say "they never contacted me, I don't know them.". Hopefully that will change as the project evolves. I've seen family pages like this chock-full of photos, documents, and narratives on dozens of people. Today, I'll be very lucky to have a dozen. But whatever it is, it's a start.

This Snapshot

Obviously, I cannnot offer a snapshot of Millses throughout all time. My snapshop begins with my dad's dad, George, who, I met once, for about 2 hours. That was in some ways, a lengthy and involved Mills relationship. In his bio, I'll add hearsay family George-rhetoric and legendsi. It's a good idea to read his bio carefully, because the same experiences he either created, or found himself in with his relatives, are repeated for generations. I'm not sure it all began with Grandad George, but from my perspective, I assume it did. Its really quite astounding. You'll see that just as my retriever retrieves, and my sheepdog herds, Millses, for the most part, Mills! This experiment has a control group which is statistically different from the Mills group. I know every family has some odd ducks, but it seems we are a FLOCK.

Mills-centric propensities and proclivities are stamped in the genes and shine on in the Millses of my day. And seeing them persist now through 4 generations, I'd expect they're present in your genes as well, assuming you are also a Mills. Knowing this, you can select for yourself the inclinations you think might make you a better friend, relation, professional, and person. And reject those traits that don't. It's simple, but powerful. Just as our genes tell us our exposure to cancer or other afflictions, they also tell us what sort of person we tend to be. Knowing what your ancestors have stamped into your genes arms you with the ability to make smart, effective, and beneficial choices for yourself. Afterall, they're only predispositions, not sentances.

Content

Mostly I have anecdotal representions of the Millses I know of. I posess a vanishly small collection of famliy photos to scan. Maybe 4 from my entire youth? What few the family had, I beleive vanished with my parents' estate; they are effectively irretrievble. The entire family cache of photos were less than we take on a 1-week vacation, making the few in existance even more precious. And although 8mm and other home movie formats were fairly common in those days, they were considered a luxuary. Que' la'stima! Today, those movies would be priceless.

I have stories, accounts, and hearsay-narratives, some personal, some legandary but unverifiable. Those may end up being of the most interest. I can count on one hand the number of encounters I've had with most family in the past 3 decades, so much of that will be what my dad Jerry told me; hearsay is the coin of the Mills' realm. Lucky for you, Jerry had a good memory well into his 70's, was loquacious, forthright, and he and I chatted weekly. So in a way, this is his transcription as much as mine. Maybe moreso. 90% of what I know about the Millses, I know from my dad.

Navigation

If you start at the bottom of this page, you can tour though the family from most distant to present-day youngest. Or you can select a family member from the left menu and bounce around.

Some links may be protected. In those cases the bio may be sensitive in some way. So those are only accessible to readers who ask for access, and are authorized. Please don't share site passwords; if anyone asks for one, have them ask me, or my designee.

Buckle-Up Buckaroos let's start by reading about our Patriarch Grandad George Mills.