“…Firmly Rooted.” Our Huxley and Webb ancestors remembered 

Through painstaking research and interviews with our father, Narratio Vitae has created a space for our family’s story to live and breathe. While we are creating this site for our children, we hope it might also prove intriguing to those with an interest in the fields of science and history. Our Huxley ancestors contributed to a fundamental shift of scientific and literary orthodoxy. Our Webb ancestors, in America since the 1600s, played key roles in the development of the United States, and many of their experiences are the subject matter of museums and libraries.


The Maddoxes: Tracing back to America’s original settlers

One of our most complex family narratives is the Maddox family narrative at hisxmark.wordpress.com.  This narrative required original research to discover and prove the customer’s grandparents, and after that we were able to go six generations further, with extensive research.  The narrative of Edward Maddox (circa 1615-1694) is a great place to see the kind of work Narratio Vitae  loves to do.  The family’s link to Edward Maddox was considered a major discovery for all U.S. descendants of the Maddoxes, who had been trying to make the link for years.

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The Novoms: Recent immigrants to America rediscover their Jewish roots

While the Maddox family narrative required extensive Colonial-era research, our recent Novom family narrative at novom.wordpress.com was an opportunity to involve living relatives in the process of developing oral and written histories.  The Novom family and distant relatives provided stories and photos that Narratio Vitae wove into its research into the family’s European origins.  To the family’s happy surprise, Narratio Vitae identified the family’s previously unknown great-grandfather and great-grandmother, and pinpointed their original village in modern Lithuania.

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The Quinns of Boston: A classic Irish-Italian immigration story

A recent family narrative at https://thequinnsofboston.wordpress.com/ focuses on the Quinns, Sciarrinos and Purpuras – three families that escaped the deprivation of the Great Famine of Ireland in the mid-19th century, and the similar economic implosion of southern Italy around the same time.  The families would unite in Boston and establish themselves as leaders in their community.  It’s one of those stories that keeps getting better as each family member adds to it.



The Fischers, Knights, Clarkes, Gilberts and Julians: American founders

Rarely does a family include so many incredible stories.  The Fischer Narrative includes Plymouth pilgrims, Revolutionary War soldiers, American industrialists, and even a witch.  They participated in the formation of the New England colonies, founded more than one American city, and contributed to the development of the Midwest through the 20th century.  The family continues to develop their story by building new narratives on their site.

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