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Board Certified Genealogist in Massachusetts, GeneaBlogger
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The Joys of DNA: It's a Girl!
This was my year to study DNA in more detail, so I enrolled in the Advanced Genetic Genealogy course at the July 2017 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). It was an informative and fun class, led by CeCe Moore and Blaine Bettinger. Late at ...
The Joys of DNA: It's a Girl!
The Joys of DNA: It's a Girl!
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Proof That You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover
I recently attend the 41st Triennial Congress of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth, Massachusetts, along with ~599 other enthusiastic descendants of our earliest Massachusetts settlers. It was a great experience and many exciting deve...
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St. Patrick's Missionary Society, Kiltegan Fathers
Courtesy of  Saint Patrick's Missionary Society , "Our Work." When Myles' family lived in Africa (circa 1960-1980) they were friends with some Catholic missionaries, both in Kenya and later in Nigeria. They called them the "Catholic fathers."  I was always ...
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Giving Thanks for Some Mayflower Roots
Courtesy Salem History Online When I was little I played in the woods ALL the time. We built huts, climbed trees, navigated streams and played hide and seek. I'm sure the scenarios we created were far from authentic, but we always loved to imagine what it w...
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Sheelagh Leslie Churton, 1925-2017: Tribute to an Extraordinary Woman
We lost Myles' Aunt Sheelagh (Auntie Tealy) a few weeks ago. She was precious to us and to everyone who ever knew her. A highly unusual example of a completely selfless person––tolerant, kind, nurturing, hard working, capable, and fun! Here is the tribute I...
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Justice of the Peace Records and Silvanus "Who's Your Daddy" Savage, Part 3
Continued from previous two posts... This is Part Three of a Three-Part Post. Click here for Post One Click here for Post Two .   ...in which we've seen the originals and transcriptions of two separate complaints of paternity sworn against one man, Silvanus...
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Justice of the Peace Records and Silvanus "Who's Your Daddy" Savage, Part 1
This is Part One of a Three-Part Post.  Click here for Post Two .  Click here for Post Three . Justices of the Peace In Massachusetts the Justice of the Peace was the official to whom minor complaints were made. He was entitled to take depositions, impose f...
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Justice of the Peace Records and Silvanus "Who's Your Daddy" Savage, Part 3
Continued from previous two posts... This is Part Three of a Three-Part Post. Click here for Post One Click here for Post Two . ...in which we've seen the originals and transcriptions of two separate complaints of paternity sworn against one man, Silvanus S...
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Continued from previous two posts... This is Part Three of a Three-Part Post. Click here for Post One Click here for Post Two . ...in which we've seen the originals and transcriptions of two separate complaints of paternity sworn against one man, Silvanus S...
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Elsie's Receipt Book--The Heart of the Home
Good cooks have always collected recipes, or receipts as they were sometimes called. My mother-in-law's mother, Elizabeth Mary Stephens (Drapes) Churton, aka Elsie, was no exception. We recently uncovered a little journal, begun on 16 June 1918, eight month...
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