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Michelle Dolin
Trying to rediscover myself.
Trying to rediscover myself.
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I have come across something that is not associated with my tree, however, someone within my tree had a wealth of genealogical references without knowing it at the time.  My Pawpaw (Alex Taraczkozy) was responsible for the funeral fund at the mines where…
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The monthly KYOWVA Genealogy and Historical Society meeting occurred this past Tuesday. A few fun facts about the group: KYOWVA is a mash up of the state abbreviations for Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia The meetings are held in the basement of…
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Genealogy has become like therapy for me.  It is methodical, in a lot of cases.  It is putting pieces together of a puzzle that has an echo of familiar.  I am able to lose myself in the paperwork of it all and I love it.  In recent months I have been mad…
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As with all movie or book blogs, there will be spoilers. Let me start by asking this: How did a movie that premiered in NYC in 1942 qualify for a 1944 Oscar? My Thoughts While Watching: What a wonderful movie.  Seriously, just wonderful.  I loved the…
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I am a pack rat by nature (note to self: blog on origin of phrase pack rat? lol).  I was taught this skill by example (Ma).  My Mother kept everything.  She also hoarded OTHER people’s stuff (I have worked the past year to mail pictures and documents to…
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I have been doing a considerable amount of digging in online newspapers of late.  In trying to find the obituaries (I use those as confirmation of dates of death on ancestry searches where there are no available death certificates), I have oftentimes…
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Last year I found a document in the tons of family artifacts Ma had in her cedar chest.  I had passed over it a million times but this time was different, I was researching my ancestry on the various genealogy websites and this document could (and did)…
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I had a serious AHA! moment this afternoon.  You know when a thought tickles the edge of your brain and it makes you work for it?  All afternoon I had an “I know there is something that I should be knowing” feeling.  Then it hit me like a lightning bolt! …
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One of my all-time favorite movies to see in a theater was Jaws.  I saw it with my sister Donna in 1978. It was a replay of the movie to welcome summer. We saw it right before heading to Daytona Beach.  We were terrified at first of going into the ocean…
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I am working on Husband’s family tree.  We kid because they all come from the same area (“holler”). It actually makes it a little more difficult in the searching because everyone named their kids the same things at the same time.  ARRGGHHH I have found a…
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