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  1. Family Gatherings: Images From Our Collective Past

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    The Library of Congress has an expansive collection of historical images available online. Many show the daily lives of our ancestors and reveal exciting glimpses into our collective past. Thanks to efforts by the US government to document America’s people and cultural movements, many of these image descriptions retain names, ages,...
  2. Big Sister Without a Name

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    My father, Robert Milo Wallin (1923-1993) spent nearly all of his life thinking he was the oldest child in his family.  But things aren’t always what they seem to be, particularly in genealogy. Dad was born in Nebraska in 1923, in a hospital rather than at home—very unusual for that...
  3. Passage to America

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    Once you become known as the Official Family Historian, a wonderful phenomenon begins to occur.  Relatives, especially older ones, begin to give you things, saying, “I know you’ll take care of this.  I don’t want it to be thrown out after I’m gone!” My Aunt Janet recently left a box...
  4. Mystery Monday: Seeking Relatives of Joseph Roy Crews

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    I am looking for someone.  But this time, for a change, it’s not a dead person! I have been working on a genealogy binder for a client from Florida.  Her grandmother Francis, now deceased, was married for a long time to a man named Joseph Roy Crews.  My client has...
  5. Mystery Monday: The Brides of Emiel Zietzke

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    Sometimes you think you know a person… especially if that person is your father. I’ve been researching the paternal line of one of my clients.  He thought he knew his father, Emiel Zietzke, pretty well—it was his grandfather, Wilhelm Zietzke, who was the main object of his curiosity.  But his...
  6. The Challenge of Inheriting Collections

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    Image at left: These do look comfortable, but 200?? My mom’s love of collecting things made her incredibly easy to shop for. Every Christmas and birthday my brother and I could rotate between the champagne flute/candlestick/mini pitcher/teapot/padded coat hanger obsessions. Actually, my brother stopped at padded coat hangers. That’s all...
  7. Marriage Records, circa 1848

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    Recently I found the 1848 Ohio marriage record for my husband’s 2nd great-grandfather, John Garver (1821-1901) and his wife Mary Ann Overly (1829-1890).  Often I give these types of records a cursory glance, looking for the names and dates I need—but this time I read the old, handwritten record closely,...
  8. A Favorite Song Foretells the Discovery of a Long Forgotten Homeland

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    Thank you to Susan D. Harris for this guest post. Image at left: “My grandmother (Martha) as a little girl with her mother, Nola Carson Gordon and brother Lewis.” When I was young, an old Victrola sat in the corner of our living room that had belonged to my mother’s family.  The...
  9. “La Corriveau” – Second Cousin and Infamous Murderer

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    “La Corriveau”…   Her real name was Marie-Josephte Corriveau, and she was one of the most infamous murderers in Canadian history.  She was born in 1733 near Quebec, and she is my husband’s 2nd cousin, 6 times removed.   This is a bronze sculpture of her from the National Museum of Fine...

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