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Karen Howes
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My blog url has had to be changed due to a snag with domain renewal... it is now roadbackward.com (the "the" has been dropped). Thanks!
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FamilySearch is probably my single favorite go-to genealogy site. First of all, it's free, and second, it is a treasure trove of records, databases, and online books-- they add and update databases almost every day. I'm still discovering things that are available on FamilySearch. One database that I've been investigating recently is Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1627-2001. This database has vital records for many...
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Last weekend, within a timeframe of 48 hours, I discovered where my 3rd great-grandparents Joshua Palmer and Arvilla Bailey Palmer were buried, when Arvilla died, and got photos of their stone uploaded to Find-A-Grave. I had been unable to find death records for Joshua and Arvilla, and the state did not have them either. So I emailed the Concord Historical Society* and my email was forwarded to the person who  is in charge of cemeter...
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Originally posted on 7 June 2014: On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in an attempt to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation. "D-Day", as this invasion was known, was one of the most decisive and innovative battles not only of World War II, but of western civilization.  Those involved could not have known then that victory would eventually be won; for them, it was the bottom of the ninth inning, and they w...
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Originally posted on 25 May 2013: For Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to do a post on a relative who gave his life in service to his country. Of the many ancestors and relatives I have who fought in various wars over the past ...
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FITTS of Salisbury and Ipswich, Massachusetts
The name is also spelled FITZ. Generation 1: My original FITTS immigrant ancestor was Robert Fitts. Robert and his brother Richard arrived in New England by 1640, and first settled in Salisbury, Massachusetts. Robert was a "planter", and in 1657 sold his ho...
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Last week, I happened to come across a postcard online:   The postcard depicts soldiers, who look Russian, resting in a village. It is labeled "Bei [by] Krasnostav - 1915", and the artist is an H. Klein. There is also a name as well: Elsa Biermann.  Krasnostav was a shtetl (small town) located west of Kiev in modern-day Ukraine, part of what was in the early 20th known as The Pale of Settlement. Jews had been relocated in large n...
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i just can't resist the Squarespace platform... so clean, pretty, modern, and professional-looking. Not to mention that Squarespace has first-rate business practices and service. So I'm back. What this means is that this blog will be "under construction" for awhile as I add old blog entries (first order of business), as well as content to pages. Will start by pointing my domain name here instead of to my Blogger blog-- hopefully t...
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2nd great-grandparents Thomas FITZGERALD and Rose CONNELLY
Recently I wrote about discovering the birth record for my great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald Ryan (1879-1954). Through it, I was able to find quite a bit of information on her parents, Thomas Fitzgerald and Rose Connelly. Here's what I found this ...
Recently I wrote about discovering the birth record for my great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald Ryan (1879-1954). Through it, I was able to find quite a bit of information on her parents, Thomas Fitzgerald and Rose Con...
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Great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald's birth record
For years, the birth record of my great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald Ryan had eluded me.  According to her death record, she had been born about 23 May 1879 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Thomas Fitzgerald and Rose Kiley. But no matter where I looked...
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Hey Traci, it's kkrantz74-- or you can use the email ****@**
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A gentle reminder: BACK YOUR STUFF UP!!!
So this past Saturday, my computer's hard drive crashed. Completely, unexpectedly. And, as it turned out, expensively. Granted, this is the first time in the five years that I've had my MacBook Pro that there's ever been a problem with it... but it brought ...
So this past Saturday, my computer's hard drive crashed. Completely, unexpectedly. And, as it turned out, expensively. Granted, this is the first time in the five years that I've had my MacBook Pro that there's ever been a...
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I know I been there I repair my own computers
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