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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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,...
  4. 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...
  5. “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...
  6. Who’s the Most Interesting Person in Your Family Tree?

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    Many of our readers have expressed interest in more community interaction on Family History Daily, so we thought we’d give you a chance to share some of your family stories! Not long after we launched our Facebook page we asked our followers to tell us who the most well-known person...
  7. One Girl’s Childhood During the Great Depression

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    Here are memories of life on an Illinois farm, as recalled by my mother, Adra Erickson Wallin (1922-2010)… “I was born at home (all four of us were), at the farm at Barbers Corner on August 18, 1922, at six in the morning.  A nurse and a doctor came—Dr. Ludwig—but...
  8. The Fourteen Garvers of Clare County, Michigan

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    I grew up with one brother and one sister—a typical 50s family.  My mother-in-law, however, grew up in a different world—she shared her childhood with five sisters and eight brothers. Walter Garver and Hazel Alwood were married in Clare County, Michigan in 1914.  Over the next 25 years, they had...
  9. What Happened to Ethel May Fazenbaker Murphy?

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    Thank you to Shelly Johnson for sharing this story with us. Whatever happened to Ethel May Fazenbaker Murphy? Growing up I had always heard about Ethel Murphy, mother to my great grandmother Frances May Catherine Murphy Fazenbaker Knepp. When I started doing genealogy about twenty five years ago I asked...
  10. The Two Wives of Thomas Garver

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    My husband’s great-grandfather Charles Garver had a brother, Thomas, who married two sisters—Mary Ann and Ellen Heilman. Thomas Garver (1850-1902) was farmer in Defiance County, Ohio.  According to notes taken by his great-granddaughter Ruth Marie Burkhart in 1943 for a school project, he had a sideline as well.  She wrote,...

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