Welcome! Welcome to LookingBackwards, a personal and genealogy website.
The primary purpose of LookingBackwards.net is to provide a central repository for family history for the combined Mitchell and Vanderpool families. Additionally, our website documents other activities and pastimes our family enjoys. Our site is constantly undergoing revision and rearrangement; portions of the site may be temporarily unavailable. If your selection is not available, please revisit us in a week or two and attempt it again.

All Our Relations, LookingBackwards at our Family History

Family TreeOur ancestral lines include Mitchell, Clark, Jones, Moore, Allbright, Albright, Albrecht, Robinson, Phares, Brough, Vanderpool, Gibson, Guinn, Campbell, Brashears, and Brazil. While a registration is not needed to access most of the website, registered family members do have additional access to information on living family members. To register for an account with us, please complete the New User request form in the Genealogy section of the website. You will need to provide identification of the ancestor in our database in order to be approved for family access.

House Amberwood, our Household within the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

SCA registered badge for House Amberwood House Amberwood contains information about our participation within the Society for Creative Anachronism. In fact, it was through the SCA that we originally were introduced by mutual friends. Ashleigh's association with the SCA goes back to 1973. Our Amberwood pages recount the founding of the former Shire of Darkwell (now thehnlocation of the Barony of Wintermist) in the Kingdom of Caid, as well as background, awards and such of some of the members of the Household and Shire. More recently, activities within the Kingdom of An Tir and the Canton of Porte de l'Eau are noted by Renée du bois d'Ambre.

Weregaming, or 'they were dead before we met them...'

Gaming graphic from http://www.openclipart.org, an open source art repositoryWeregaming: a term Ashleigh created circa 1976 when the gaming group at the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey, California, was looking for a name for their unofficial organization.
There was already a wargaming group, who focused on SPI's games such as War in Europe, War in the East, War in the West, and War in the Pacific (among many others, but you can grasp the concept). As "our" group focused on the newly emerging Role-Play Gaming, epitomized by TSR's Dungeons & Dragons, I called the bunch were-gamers. Clever pun, yes? No? Ah, well.

"Life is lived going forward, but understood by looking backwards."

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