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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 ...
fenway49 03/20/2015 10 36 - -
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. ...
fenway49 02/20/2015 22 20 - -
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 ...
fenway49 02/06/2015 11 9 - -
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' ...
fenway49 01/09/2015 34 24 - -
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-...
fenway49 10/17/2014 26 11 - -
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 ...
fenway49 10/10/2014 12 14 - -
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 ...
fenway49 09/19/2014 38 21 2 -
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��
fenway49 08/15/2014 12 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 ...
fenway49 07/11/2014 21 21 - -
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 ...
fenway49 06/20/2014 25 27 - -
Massachusetts Poised to Raise Minimum Wage to $11
Word is filtering out from Beacon Hill (shorthand for the Massachusetts State House) that the legislature is poised to send a bill to Governor Deval Patrick that would raise the state's minimum wage ...
fenway49 06/12/2014 10 2 - -
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 ...
fenway49 05/09/2014 6 9 - -
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 ...
fenway49 04/25/2014 19 23 1 -
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 ...
fenway49 04/18/2014 33 10 1 -
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, ...
fenway49 03/28/2014 75 21 - -
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 ...
fenway49 03/14/2014 19 17 - -
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 ...
fenway49 02/21/2014 15 16 - -
If That Hadn’t Happened…I Wouldn’t Exist (2 of 2)
Last time I wrote about some historical events that had a direct impact on my ancestors, determining in a sense the future of the bloodline. I argued that, had these events not happened as (and when)
fenway49 02/07/2014 24 21 - -
Right-Wing Lie of the Week: New Jersey's "101.8% Tax" on Peyton Manning's Super Bowl Pay
Cross-posted at Blue Mass Group . Over the last few days I noticed a number of outlets pushing a story that, were Peyton Manning's Broncos to lose yesterday's Super Bowl in East Rutherford, New ...
fenway49 02/03/2014 125 92 1 -
Beautiful Massachusetts in Pictures, Part 1 (Essex County)
My wife and I recently received a pair of electronic photo frames as a gift, and decided that we’d put photos of family and friends on one of them, and photos from our travels on the other. In our ...
fenway49 01/28/2014 165 84 4 -
GFHC Open Thread: If That Hadn’t Happened...I Wouldn’t Exist (1 of 2)
Last weekend, on a snowy New England afternoon, my wife and I had lunch in Cambridge with an old friend of mine…and his new fiancée. The engagement came as something of a surprise: I hadn’t ...
fenway49 01/24/2014 23 25 - -
GFHC - From the Extended Family Tree: Genealogist and Calvinist Crusader
Lately we've had a lot of great research tips from mayim and others. All I had in reserve was more stories about long-gone people, and I had no time to do anything else, so this week we'll make do ...
fenway49 01/10/2014 10 15 - -
Ten Years Ago Today: The Massachusetts SJC Declares Marriage Equality
I’ve long been proud of my roots in Massachusetts, one of our most liberal states and a place that has been in forefront of many important social and political movements in our nation’s history ��
fenway49 11/18/2013 26 19 - -
GFHC: Ancestors I Can’t Find, and Ones Who Won’t Have Me
As I recounted in my very first GFHC diary , I learned almost two years ago that my great-grandfather Lee was not Irish Catholic as claimed but instead descended from the earliest New England ...
fenway49 11/15/2013 28 21 - -
GFHC Open Thread: "No Issue" (Part 1)
A while back I posted about the end of a branch of my family tree, a great-great uncle or some such who had one child with each of his two wives only to have each child die young and childless. Many ...
fenway49 10/11/2013 10 11 - -
GFHC Open Thread: A Match Made in Brooklyn
For now, at least, I’m going to spare you the tedious tales of stuffy New Englanders of the DAR derivation, and their pompous preservation of pedigree, which had been today’s originally ...
fenway49 09/20/2013 29 28 - -
GFHC Open Thread: “Give Me Strength to Save Some Life”
A number of people in my extended family are firefighters in Massachusetts and New York. Today I’d like to remember a member of my family who served in the FDNY many years ago and made the ...
fenway49 08/30/2013 26 15 - -
GFHC Open Thread: A Most Interesting Cemetery
Back in January I wrote several diaries about my great-...
fenway49 08/09/2013 61 38 - -
GFHC: "The Girls"
A few weeks ago figbash gave a shout-out to ancestry stories with urban settings. I agreed with that idea, because all of the ancestors I've ever known were city people. My direct ancestry is ...
fenway49 06/14/2013 34 27 - -
Scenes from Ed Markey's Boston rally with President Obama
Today I had the pleasure of seeing President Obama and a host of prominent local political figures appear at a rally for Rep. Ed Markey's campaign for the U.S. Senate. A more than overflow crowd ...
fenway49 06/12/2013 64 88 2 -
GFHC: The Real Housewives of Barnstable County
I recently found that I'd been given a gift subsciption to DK, but I didn't not see a message telling who made the gift. If my generous benefactor is among us, thank you! I'm grateful and touched. ...
fenway49 06/07/2013 33 36 1 -
MA-Sen: Markey leads Gomez by 12 in new poll
In the last couple of days I've been wondering why we haven't had a poll in the Massachusetts special election race for U.S. Senate - the only U.S. Senate race going on right now. In the last three ...
fenway49 06/04/2013 16 14 2 -
MA-Sen: Gomez Shopped Around for Most Favorable Appraisal Before Taking Shady Tax Deduction
Hat tip to johnk at Blue Mass Group for bringing this to my attention . I'm posting here so it's brought to yours. Frank Phillips, the Boston Globe reporter who broke the story of Massachusetts ...
fenway49 05/16/2013 40 71 1 -
MA-Sen: Gomez Tax Deduction Beginning to Erode His "Media Darling" Status
From David Kravitz at the highly recommended Blue Mass Group blog: it appears that the story of Massachusetts Republican Senate nominee Gabriel Gomez's questionable $281K tax deduction has legs. For ...
fenway49 05/10/2013 64 70 1 -
GFHC: From the Extended Family Tree – For the Love of America, and France
Before our regularly scheduled programming, a distant cousin inadvertently helped me break through a brick wall this week. She sent me a link on familysearch.org to the probate records of my great-...
fenway49 05/10/2013 43 15 - -
MA-Sen: New PPP poll has Markey leading Lynch 50-36 a week before the primary
Just this morning I posted a comment on the excellent Blue Mass Group , where I also contribute, expressing a desire to see more polling in the Democratic primary between Reps. Ed Markey and Steve ...
fenway49 04/25/2013 10 16 - -
MA-Sen: Steve Lynch takes "a page from the Karl Rove Swift-Boat playbook"
Most of you know that, with John Kerry's resignation to become Secretary of State, we are having a special election to fill the remainder of his term. (Per state law, Sen. Mo Cowan was appointed by ...
fenway49 04/24/2013 16 18 - -
My Boston Marathon: Hope, Joy, Love and Perseverance
By now, across the nation and around the world, the words “Boston Marathon” are synonymous with the bomb explosions yesterday that killed three people – to date – and injured more than 140. ...
fenway49 04/16/2013 64 92 3 -
GFHC Open Thread: A Pioneer Ancestor
This diary contains the story of a pioneer ancestry who had a son in unusual conditions on this date, April 12, in 1770, two hundred and forty-three years ago. April 12 also is the birthday of my ...
fenway49 04/12/2013 33 13 - -
Beltway (Non) Wisdom on Social Security, Dana Milbank Edition
In Tuesday's Washington Post , that great font of conventional Villager wisdom Dana Milbank ran a column with one or two passably decent points and a lot of classic Beltway nonsense and false ...
fenway49 04/11/2013 13 9 - -
Elizabeth Warren: "Shocked" at Obama's Proposal to "Dismantle" Social Security "Inch By Inch"
I just received this email from my Senator, the great Elizabeth Warren. I'm reposting it here for the benefit of people around the nation who are not on Senator Warren's email list. Inch By Inch ...
fenway49 04/10/2013 329 539 6 -
GFHC: From the Extended Family Tree - A Heroic Cousin
As I’ve learned more about my ancestors I’ve also taken some time to follow the branches of the tree down, learning about their siblings’ descendants. I’ve come across some interesting ...
fenway49 03/22/2013 16 23 - -
GFHC: Evangelism, May-September Marriages and Pre-Nups in the Nineteenth Century
As I’ve learned more about my ancestors I’ve also taken some time to follow the branches of the tree down, learning about their siblings’ descendants. I’ve come across some interesting ...
fenway49 03/21/2013 21 31 - -
St. Patrick's Day: Celebrating Heritage AND Inclusion
So here we are again approaching St. Patrick’s Day, that time of year when I find myself filled with ancestral pride. And also with burning fury at the little cabals of conservatives who believe ...
fenway49 03/15/2013 67 40 1 -
GFHC: From the Extended Family Tree - The End of a Branch
As I’ve learned more about my ancestors I’ve also taken some time to follow the branches of the tree down, learning about their siblings’ descendants. I’ve come across some interesting ...
fenway49 03/05/2013 26 12 - -
GFHC: An Honorable Man
This was supposed to be posted last Tuesday but my travel plans precluded it, so here it is now with slight amendments. On Friday I wrote about a dishonorable ancestor, Samuel Ladd. Today I’m ...
fenway49 02/26/2013 19 30 1 -
GFHC: A Dishonorable Ancestor
Since learning about my ancestry dating back to New England colonial days, I’ve come across a large number of interesting characters in my family tree. Some are noteworthy for admirable reasons, ...
fenway49 02/22/2013 88 57 - -
GFHC: St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Genealogy Edition
In advance of today's open thread, I'm making this quick post. I jotted this stuff down early this morning so I would not forget last night's exciting discoveries. It's a story of research success, ...
fenway49 02/15/2013 11 13 1 -
A Tale of Two Brennans: Of Human Dignity and the American Constitution
Thursday night, on the pretext of not burning through the reserves in our refrigerator in advance of Winter Storm Nemo (when did blizzards start getting names?), my wife and I had dinner at the ...
fenway49 02/09/2013 9 14 1 -
GFHC: From the Extended Family Tree - Ahead of Their Time
As I’ve learned more about my ancestors I’ve also taken some time to follow the branches of the tree down, learning about their siblings’ descendants. I’ve come across some interesting ...
fenway49 02/08/2013 68 35 1 -
Boston Globe: Scott Brown NOT Running for Senate!
Boston Globe and other sources reporting that, right about now, Scott Brown will release "a statement." Typically one would not announce his Senate candidacy with a statement instead of a live ...
fenway49 02/01/2013 3 2 - -
GFHC: Too Many Funerals
February 8 would be my grandfather's 100th birthday. I was going to post this one for the open thread on that date, and post something else this week. But I figured I'd go with the more cheerful ...
fenway49 01/29/2013 25 16 - -
GFHC: Little Eva Part IV - So I’m part Ruthenian. What’s Ruthenian?
This is the fourth and final (for now) installment about my great-grandmother Eva (first three are here , here and here) . She left a ...
fenway49 01/22/2013 97 70 7 -
GFHC: Little Eva Part III - She Came From Where Exactly?
I’ve recently posted two diaries about my great-grandmother Eva, who left a comfortable family in Europe on the eve of the Great War to start from scratch in America. She arrived in Brooklyn on ...
fenway49 01/15/2013 28 14 - -
GFHC: Little Eva Part II - An Immigrant’s Life in Brooklyn
On Tuesday I wrote about my great-grandmother Eva, nicknamed Little Eva after the “Locomotion” singer because she was under five feet tall. Eva left a fairly comfortable family in Europe on the ...
fenway49 01/11/2013 54 23 - -
GFHC: Little Eva Part I: The only great-grandparent I really knew
After two diaries about distant cousins I never knew, this time I’m turning to someone I did know personally and also to my Eastern European heritage, which often gets lost in the shuffle in my ...
fenway49 01/08/2013 9 12 - -
Scenes from Senator Elizabeth Warren's Massachusetts Swearing-In Ceremony (With Pictures!)
On Thursday, Elizabeth Warren and the other freshmen took the oath of office for the United States Senate at the Capitol. Yesterday, Senator Warren (that's still so good to say!) held a re-enactment ...
fenway49 01/06/2013 57 79 3 -
GFHC - From the Extended Family Tree: A Christmas Tragedy
As I’ve learned more about my ancestors I’ve also taken some time to follow the branches of the tree down, learning about their siblings’ descendants. I’ve come across some interesting ...
fenway49 12/24/2012 3 12 - -
GFHC - From the Extended Family Tree: Two Lives Changed in an Instant
This is the first of a series of regular Tuesday afternoon posts. In December they will be Monday afternoon posts since I am otherwise booked tomorrow and the two following Tuesdays are Christmas ...
fenway49 12/17/2012 18 11 - -
GFHC: Learning That We Were the “Lost Branch” on the Family Tree
This diary is much more personal and “straight” genealogy and family history, as compared to last week’s more political and sociological entry. Growing up I often heard the story that my ...
fenway49 12/14/2012 19 14 - -
Who Am I?: Not So Irish After All (A Big Genealogy Surprise, Part 2)
In my first GFHC post last week, I explained how I found out only this year that my ancestry (which I thought to be 75% Irish Catholic and 25% Eastern European), also includes a long line of New ...
fenway49 12/07/2012 180 173 12 -
Who Am I?: Not So Irish After All (A Big Genealogy Surprise, Part 1)
This is my first post for the GFHC, which I just came across recently. I was prompted to join because of all the fascinating tales other members of the community have posted, and because this year I ...
fenway49 11/30/2012 89 72 1 -
A clean sweep in New England!!!
My first diary here, but it's worth it on three hours sleep. Cross-posted from the excellent Blue Mass Group . Last night was a great night for Democrats in America, and perhaps nowhere more so ...
fenway49 11/07/2012 12 7 - -
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