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Fri Mar 06, 2015 at 08:55 AM PST

GFHC Open Thread: Dutch Treat

by klompendanser

Last week, I promised to throw something together for today's open thread. This will be a fairly short diary, but I hope my genealogy-geek friends will find it sweet.

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In my diary last week, I promised an epic rant about my gg-grandmother Anna's death certificate.

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This was going to be an epic rant about my gg-grandmother's death certificate, but I realized that in order for the rant to make sense I would need to provide some context. So this week you get a lot of context (and few mini rants because, you know, genealogy). Next week, I'll whine and complain about gg-grandma's death certificate (because, you know, genealogy).

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Fri Dec 19, 2014 at 09:00 AM PST

GFHC: Genealogists Like Books...

by klompendanser

...so I thought we could discuss some last-minute gift ideas. Or maybe you've finished your shopping and just want something to read on the long trip to grandmother's house. Either way, join me below the tangled xmas lights for a discussion of some genealogy-related* reading material.

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Fri Nov 07, 2014 at 09:00 AM PST

GFHC: Uncle Julius Would Know

by klompendanser

As I've mentioned from time to time, one of the more frustrating genealogical walls I've been banging my head against is in my mother's maternal grandmother's family. Her grandmother was born in Denmark in 1871, and came to this country with her parents likely sometime in 1872, but pinning down exact names, dates, and locations has caused me to scare the cats with foul language on more than one occasion. Join me below the orange cheese doodle to hear the sanitized, family friendly version.

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Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 09:41 AM PDT

I have three things to say...

by klompendanser

about the tone of some of the diaries this weekend. Then I'm going to clean my house, do the laundry, go for a bike ride, catch up on local election hot topics. Not necessarily in that order.

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Hard to believe that it is already the end of June ... and yet it is, and I promised another chapter in my "Four Guys named Bob" series. So no more procrastinating, no more excuses! Bob No. 3's story appears below the orange cheese doodle.

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I was going to do another chapter of my four guys named Bob series, but I find I need to recheck a couple of dates and won't be able to get to the necessary library until mid-June. Since this is the first long holiday weekend of the summer (or at least one of the first weekends here in Minnesota where I can enjoy my morning coffee on my deck without wearing a parka), I thought it would be fun to once again share reading material of interest to crazy dedicated genealogy/history buffs with a bit of spare time on their hands. And so a new installment of this diary from a little over a year ago: Genealogy by the Book

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The large piles of ice covered snow in my yard notwithstanding, the calendar tells me the vernal equinox was yesterday. And that means time for spring cleaning...including the vast piles of genealogical notes and scribbles accumulated over this most miserable winter.

I thought this would be a good time for a general brainstorming session about ways to organize data--especially since my own participation will be a little sporadic until I get home from work.

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Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 01:08 PM PST

chill out

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One of the "joys" of researching several generations of a family where everyone has the same name is keeping track of who is being referred to in any given record. When the first Robert Moulton and his son Robert arrived in Salem, "sr" and "jr" sufficed; Salem church records first start the distinction between father and son when "jr" became a member in 1638. After "jr" married and started his family--which included a son named Robert--sometimes Bob No. 2 was referred to as "sr" and his son as "jr", while his father became "old Robert Moulton." But not always, because consistency wouldn't be any fun.

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"Four guys named Bob" is my own mental shorthand for my 10th, 9th, 8th, and 7th great-grandfathers, all named Robert Moulton, who lived in 17th Century Salem. The more I research their personal stories, the more fascinated I become with history of the area...which is much more diverse than the "history" I was taught in grade school. This will be the first in a series of diaries focusing on the theme of dissenting dissenters and standing up for principles.

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