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|GFHC open thread: at a certain place and time.....(photo diary)
One of the fun aspects of genealogy for me has been tracking down places my ancestors lived. On my father's side of the family, I've been to most of the places which are still extant where ancestors ...
|GFHC open thread
We’ve been fairly quiet as a DK community lately, so I’m guessing that everyone’s pretty busy. That would explain why fewer of us have been signing up to host a Friday. No problem! This ...
|GFHC open thread: finding that obscure record
On my recent research trip to Scotland and Ireland, I spent lots of time in various archives and libraries. (Yeah, I managed to fit in some other stuff.... a few pictures here ....). I'm pretty ...
|GFHC: Gosh, This Place Looks Awfully Familiar
Don't ya love it when online records from which you think you've gleaned every possible tidbit of information get updated - but you don't know what the range of information they updated or added or ...
|GFHC open thread: dead ends and brick walls
Brick walls. Ancestors who appear to have been aliens dropped from outer space. Anyone researching their family tree runs into people like these :-( My recent research trip has me thinking that it'...
|Books So Bad They're Good: The Roots of Controversy, Part 2
I grew up believing an untruth, and it was all my grandmother’s fault. Not my mother’s mother, who’d raised six boys (Julius, Oscar, Charlie, Louie, Dan, and Bob), one girl (Mum), and one ...
|GFHC Open Thread - The Internet of the Victorian Age and Social Depravity
In the early morning hours of August 8, 1880, a young woman was murdered by her former husband near the small, peaceful town of Shutesbury, Massachusetts. My 5th g-grandparents settled in Shutesbury.
|Books So Bad They're Good: The Roots of Controversy, Part I
My family came from The Garden of Wales. This may surprise long-time readers of these diaries, many of which begin with a story about my upbringing in the less than bucolic suburbs of Pittsburgh, ...
|GFHC Open Thread: Tragic Murder in the Extended Family
Warning: This diary contains a sad story of murder and violent domestic abuse against a woman. The more one researches family history, the more likely one is to find terrible things. Months ago I ...
|GFHC: Bender Hollow
This is a GFHC Open Thread. Let's start with the treasured four-generations picture. The adorable little runaway toddler is your's truly. Not so grumpy, I'd say. But this picture was taken in 1949. ...
| "I Must Wait For That Small Baby"
Here’s a family story told to me by my grandfather's sister (Astrid Leiseth (Miller), aka "Austie") about her great grandmother Johanna (or Johanne), who was my mother's father's mother's mother's ...
|GFHC Open Thread: Dutch Treat
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. Genealogy & Family ...
|GFHC open thread: black sheep leave records
I recently spent a day cozily tucked in the National Records of Scotland (a.k.a. the Scottish national archives), investigating a thief and a minister ~ not the same person ;-) Let's leave the ...
|GFHC Open Thread: Treasures from My Grandparents' House
So I signed up for this open thread...and just a couple of days ago I had no idea what I'd post. No stories ready to be told. No great research tips. Actually, I do have one great research tip. ...
|My Grandmother's Story
I wrote this diary and kept it as a draft for a while. I've been watching the PBS series, The Italian Americans and thought about my grandparents. A lot of their experiences are confirmed by this ...
|Thomas Jefferson, hypocrite. Robert 'Councillor' Carter, emancipator.
Robert Carter III of Nomini Hall, Virginia Every time I have to hear yet another paean to the Founding Fathers, or see George Washington and Thomas Jefferson as graven images on Mount Rushmore, I ...
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|GFHC: Gotz Irish Skilz?
We didn't have a Volunteer for today (sniff) so I'm here wondering what to throw together. And I do mean throw . Life has been hectic around the Edwards household recently. Work's been hell (but ...
|GFHC Open Thread: Family Mysteries and Legends, and Maybe Even Solutions
You don't see so many blacksmiths nowadays. Land of Enchantment, July 25, 2014 Many a family has its legends, passed down from generation to generation in ever vaguer terms, without a hint of ...
|GFHC: I had to tell you that story in order to tell you this...
In my diary last week , I promised an epic rant about my gg-grandmother Anna's death certificate. Genealogy & Family History ...
|GFHC: A preponderance of the evidence
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 ...
|GFHC open thread: No, they didn't ~ but, yes, they do....
Along with descent from a Native American princess, it's one of the biggest genealogical myths.... something 'everyone' knows. That names were changed at Ellis Island. Nope, names weren't changed ...
|GFHC Open Thread : Names from the Family Tree I'm Not Allowed to Use (Boys Edition)
Last March I posted a tongue-in-cheek list of girls' names from the extended family trees of my wife and myself that, for various reasons, we won't be using. It's long past time to post the boys' ...
|GFHC Open Thread: How Were You Introduced to Genealogy?
This is not a deep question. We’ve all had the usual holiday gatherings and celebrations, and may now be ready for some quiet reflection. Or that’s my premise. And anyway, my furnace is non-...
|GFHC Friday fun: light reads for dark nights
Last week, Klompendanser wrote about genealogy books , a wonderful topic. This week, I'm going to look at good genealogical reads that are born digital.... so, pretty much blogs, with a few ...
|GFHC: Genealogists Like Books...
...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 ...
|GFHC Breaking Brick Walls
This is an open thread for Friday. I wanted to write a colorful diary about recent research. Instead I have spent a week with Santa's early gift - pneumonia - so I will share what I have in a more ...
|Red Hair and Surnames in Scotland: Street Prophets Coffee Hour
Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Coffee Hour at Street Prophets. This is an open thread where we can discuss what’s happening in our lives, what we’ve been working on, and our opinions on ...
|GFHC: DNA.... it's all the rage!
DNA is all the rage in many genealogical circles. So, let's do a bit of a round-up of genetic fun.....
|GFHC: Charles Price, surveyed
Until lately I knew almost nothing about Charles Price, my grandmother's great-grandfather, beyond his name and the relevant dates of birth and death. For reasons any family historian will ...
|GFHC open thread: my week at the FHC.
As promised to the genealogical community here, I’m reporting back on my experience traveling to Salt Lake City for research at the Family History Library. Others are invited to describe their ...
|GFHC open thread: right place, right person?
We've all had it happen during our research ~ run across a record where the name is the same but it's not clear that it's referring to the person with that name that we are looking to trace. ...
|GFHC: Uncle Julius Would Know
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 ...
|GFHC: Salem Witches
Bicentennial envisioning of the trial of Rebecca (...
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|The Ballad of Zebulon and William D: A Cautionary Tale - GFHC Open Thread
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|GFHC Open Thread - The Ancestor Who Taught Me a Lesson
A few weeks after I first started on my genealogical journey I discovered a document that made me both sad and, I’m sorry to say, happy at the same time. It was the death record for my great-...
|My great-grandmother was a Jewish exorcist
As my mother approaches her 101st birthday, her mind is on fire with long-ago memories. Today, she told me the story of her grandmother, Sarah Plotkin Weintraub, who, in the early 20th century, was ...
|GFHC Open Thread: Results Depend on Records – Genealogy Research in Puerto Rico
Anyone who’s done any genealogical research has quickly figured out that some places are genealogical gold mines – they kept great records – and others, not so much. Since I started my family ...
|GFHC open thread: ancestral places
Getting to know the places your ancestors lived, both physically and sociologically, can enhance your research, fleshing out the names and dates, and also can help suggest new ways to find further ...
|A Civil War Story - GFHC Open Thread||figbash||09/26/2014||67||34||-||-|
|GFHC Open Thread: Genealogy Cartoons, Jokes, and Memes
So my trusty calendar beeps yesterday afternoon to tell me that today's my turn to post. Eek! I have no fewer than nine posts in various states of unfinished-ness and I had no time to write. The ...
|GFHC: Can DNA Tell Me Who I Am?
A few weeks ago, I wrote a diary about how we used my husband's DNA to leap over the brick wall that the absence of paper trail had created. It worked because we had the DNA of other, known ...
|Peace, Potatoes, and Pox (Norwegian Emigration in the 1800s)
The population of Norway exploded in the 19th century, mostly because people didn't die as quickly or as soon as they did in the 18th century. As a result, there were too many people living on not ...
|GFHC open thread: Who would you sit next to?
A few weeks ago, I was at the wonderful Maine state library (an excellent place!) and saw a new biography of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, one of the Peabody sisters of Salem . Since I have people ...
|Mothers all the way down (bonus GFHC open thread)
Straight maternal lines..... they tend to be hard for genealogists to trace, as written records for women are less complete (England is just now getting around to adding mother's names to marriage ...
|GFHC Open Thread: Summer Adventures (with Cemetery Pics!)
I've had a great genealogy-filled summer this year. Well, at least as "genealogy-filled" as I'm going to get as long as I have children living at home. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean that I ...
|Here's a great picture of my mom.
It's a little blurry, and to be honest the reason she was so close to the podium was that she worked right next to the mall. She was an attorney for the newly formed Peace Corps and her boss was ...
|GFHC: Using DNA to Bridge a Records Gap
In 1976, Carroll Mendenhall Leonard put his ten years of genealogical research into a book of 645 pages that covered the family history of the Grigsby and Leonard families. It was a masterful ...
|Origins of English: Genealogy, Pedigree, Kinship
Genealogy is the process of compiling a family history which may involve putting together a pedigree and demonstrating kinship connections. The etymology of genealogy, pedigree, and kinship follow.
|GFHC Open Thread: A Family of Musicians
I’m not particularly talented at any musical instrument, but I’m an excellent singer…in my own mind, or perhaps my own shower. (To hear my wife tell it, I shouldn’t quit my day job.) It wasn��
|How many total ancestors do you have?
How many total ancestors do you have? Genealogists identify ancestors by following paper trails preserved in archivesâtraditional and digital. Although the goals of genealogists vary, a large ...
|GFHC open thread: Oops......
We all goof. Sometimes it's a beginner's mistake, sometimes it's a typo, and sometimes the record is wrong. Today's topic ~ mistakes I've made or run across in my research, so others can learn from ...
|GFHC: Keeper of the Falcons
Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII of England Keeper of the Falcons sounds like a character from Game of Thrones, doesn't it? That HBO series is at least partly inspired by the War of the Roses (
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|GFHC: If Walls Could Talk
Well, in this case, it's a piece of furniture, but the same principle applies. I lost my mom last winter, so some of her things have now been passed to me. This is the story of one of them, a ...
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|GFHC open thread: Dead and buried ~ or genealogical cemetery love
Genealogists tend to love cemeteries. I know I do ~ both as an information source and for their beauty, whether it's green space in the city or a little family plot on the side of the road. So, ...
|About that Grigsby tombstone that calls Democrats Traitors||Susan Grigsby||07/11/2014||55||325||8||-|
|GFHC Open Thread - From the Extended Family Tree: The Family Reaches California
Westward migration is an important part of the history of many American families. It wasn’t really so in my family. To my knowledge – and I can go back more than four centuries on some branches ...
|The Battle of King's Mountain: A Fourth of July Story
By early September 1780, General Charles Cornwallis had just defeated the Continental troops under the command of General Horatio Gates. Cornwallis was in the area of Charlotte, NC, but a ...
|GFHC open thread: Four in a row....
A couple weeks ago, a friend and I were wandering a bit along the Maine coast. We were mostly interested in yarn and fabric (having met through a crafting group), but she's fairly recently started ...
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing: The Reverend King, His Rabbi Friends, and My Dad
It is the summer of 1964 and my mother is pregnant with my older sister. My future family lives in the Jewish section of Squirrel Hill and have their pick of Kosher delicatessens and bakeries. ...
|Why Did Your Family Immigrate To America? [At least read the comments there are some great stories]
Were they fleeing Religious Persecution? Were they purged from their own country and sent to the colonies as prisoners? Were they fleeing hunger and poverty? Were they seeking their fortune? ...
|GFHC Open Thread: Bob No. 3 - How do you like them apples?
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 ...
|GFHC Open Thread: A Life on the Water
I won't be around today but everyone else can feel free to discuss fishing, canals, or whatever strikes your fancy in the comments... My great-grandfather Michael has always been a mysterious ...
|Ancestry.com DDoS: Hubris Invites Nemesis?
At the beginning of this month, genealogy monopolist Ancestry.com announced that it was discontinuing subsidiary services MyFamily, Mundia, and MyCanvas, and would be maintaining Genealogy.com ONLY ...
|Every time I tried to write about him, the tears poured from my eyes. I'm better now.
After my father died, I found an old diary of his when I was cleaning out his apartment to vacate the premises. As the executor of his estate, it was my duty to locate anything of value and I did. ...
|The road to Juneteenth
We are approaching the celebration this week of the day that the last of the legally enslaved people in the U.S. received word of their freedom in Galveston, Texas, on June ...
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|My gift for Father`s Day: Cancer
I am very sorry for such a horrendous diary title on such a special day tomorrow June 15, 2014 -- Father`s Day. But that`s the way it is. I got this horrific news yesterday Friday while undergoing ...
|GFHC open thread: If I could just ask....
When I started tracing my family history, I made the beginner's mistake of not double-checking all the family stories I had grown up with. A major (and relatively recent) one was that my grandfather ...
|My fathers account of Medgar Evers Funeral
The following is an account my father wrote upon his return to Chicago from his first Civil Rights trip to Mississippi which was for Medgar Evers funeral. It was scanned and OCR'd several years ...
|Andrew C White||06/12/2014||13||28||1||-|
|Family History: Pitfalls and Pratfalls
My grandmother always told us that her grandfather was named "Jake Biggins" (names and other details anonymized to protect the guilty) and that he came from the state of "Podunkia". There was extant ...
|GFHC Open Thread - Witch Trials, Magic Bullets, and A Romantic Opera.
I'm going to tell the story about a real family who experienced the horrors of the witch-craze in 17th century Germany. The people, places, and events are based on original official documents with ...
|GFHC: Summer Genealogy Adventures
This isn't a long one this week; but volunteers for hosting Open Threads have been a bit sparse as of late. So, I thought I'd come out of hiding and pull my weight with a little quickie diary about ...
|It's Memorial Day, not Mattress Sale Day
The salutation, "Happy Memorial Day," makes me cringe. The image below is what Memorial Day is about. This is Mountain Home National Cemetery, in Tennessee. Memorial Day was originally known as ...
|GFHC: Same Theme, Different Books
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 ...
|GFHC Open Thread: My “Lost” (and now found) Relatives
For this week’s Genealogy and Family History Community “Open Thread” I’m going to offer something completely different. I have no New England ancestors in my tree, so I’ll just have to “...
|GFHC Open Thread: Liberals vs. Conservatives, Pilgrim Edition
I'd thought to do something different but had no time this week, so you're stuck with more Pilgrim ancestor stories. This one seemed appropriate because we recently celebrated the birthday of my ...
|Racism, Family Style
Racism remains stoutly built-in to American culture; corporations and businesses and families, most of them, always have been prominently afflicted with the infection.
|WE NEVER FORGET: Martyr's Grand-Niece Seeks Information on Family of Cedi (Petrucella Mastro) Costa
WE NEVER FORGET The Costa Family Who Lost Their Lives in Freedom's Cause The Costa Family Who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause Attribution: Linda Linville, Grand-Niece ...
|GFHC: After All, They Were Only Part of the Inventory
Pre-1870 research. AAAARGH! Especially if you've done any African-American family history research, you know exactly what I’m talking about. You collect your records; birth records, marriage ...
I recently got hold of a photo of my great-grandfather's tombstone in Lawrence County, Ohio. He was an iron ore miner, killed by collapsing shale while he was working. I'm intrigued by this photo, ...
|GFHC Open Thread: "I am determined to defend this outpost to the last extremity"
Last week, on the 239th anniversary of "Paul Revere's" ride, I wrote about the experiences of three ancestors from Massachusetts who fought in the American Revolution. This week I'll tell the story ...
|Repeat after me: President. Obama. Is. Black.
Jacob Philadelphia ...
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|GFHC Open Thread: “Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor”
In a few days we will celebrate Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts (and Maine, which used to be Massachusetts). This unique state holiday, held on the third Monday in April, became a little better ...
|GFHC Open Thread: My Deaf Great Uncle Wiley
As a deaf person myself, I take particular interest when I find deaf people in my family history. I've found a few and Wiley Spivey, the great uncle of my paternal grandfather is one of the most ...
|GFHC Open Thread: - My Lineage Heritage, and Future.
A lot has changed in my life since the last time I was here in this GFHC diary in May of 13. If you recall the picture in the diary, frustration settled in as I searched for my ancestor grandmother, ...
|When more libraries are closed what will happen to intellectual freedom & prejudice in America?
|GFHC Open Thread: Names From the Family Tree I’m Not Allowed to Use (Girls Edition)
Last summer Zwenkau wrote this of genealogy research in one of our open threads: Lastly, a part of it was wanting to know what-to-name-the-baby (whom we were expecting). That got me thinking, ...
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing 3/25/2014: Triangle Shirtwaist Fire||belinda ridgewood||03/25/2014||167||65||2||-|
|GFHC Open Thread: Putting it all into context
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 ...
|GFHC Open Thread: Hard Times
I planned to make this week's installment about something entirely different, then found to my horror that the other diary wasn't finished. Eek! So after lunchtime scrambling to get some photos ...
|"Visited" by My Uncle Sam-- 40 years after his death
"Visited" by My Uncle Sam-- 40 years after his death Hi Dailykos people. I don't write political diaries anymore here after almost eight years on this site. But, I still like to share personal ...
|"Deceased Wife's Sister" and Other Kinks in the Family Tree
My great-great-grandfather was a skeevy person. I came to this conclusion after finding out that following his wife's death in 1882, he went and married her baby sister. She was nearly thirty years ...
|A Cajuns' Comeuppance
I'm not southern unless you count the Southwest, but my background is Northern Midwestern and that's how I was raised. (see Yankee) Some folks are from the South, and some are from the SOUTH . ...
|GFHC: Lady Zelig, Titanic Survivor
Lifeboat 6 from the Titanic, as it approached the Carpathian on the morning of April 15, 1912. Helen Churchill Candee (née Hungerford) had one heckuva ...
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|Black and White Memories Part Three: Street Prophets Sunday All Day Brunch (Photo Diary)
Welcome to Sunday All Day Brunch. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is new with you. As the person who cleaned out my parent's house I ...
|GFHC: Robert Hungerford Industrial School
My ancestry includes some of the earliest settlers of Connecticut, including one Thomas Hungerford. He was recorded in Hartford early, 1639, moving to New London in 1650 where he died a dozen years ...
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|The Lincoln Letter
I meant to have this done and out in time for Lincoln's February 12th birthday, but life happens. One of my family tropes is that some of our ancestors met the other ancestors when they got off in ...
|Black and White Memories Part One: Street Prophets Sunday All Day Brunch (Photo Diary)
Welcome to Sunday All Day Brunch. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is new with you. As the person who cleaned out my parent's house I ...
|British propaganda on the Home Front - WW2 posters||shortfinals||02/21/2014||205||92||1||-|
|GFHC Open Thread - From the Extended Family Tree: The "Dedham Decision"
A while back I wrote about Rev. Ebenezer Burgess, a distant cousin who in 1865 published a family genealogy containing some of my ancestors. In it, he erroneously killed off my 6x great-grandmother ...
|GFHC: Son of his Father, Father of his Son, Husband of his Wife - 4 Guys Named Bob Part II
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 ...
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