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Karen Howes
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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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My Irish roots
According to my Ancestry.com's autosomal DNA results, the largest percentage of my ethnic breakdown is traced to Ireland, at 39%. At first, I was confused, because this was quite a bit higher than what I was expecting-- my paternal grandmother's ancestors a...
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Think before you post that headstone photo
Like most genealogists, I love Find-A-Grave . It's a great site and service, allowing people to find graves of ancestors, family, and to request/give help obtaining headstone photos. While many Find-A-Grave volunteers are only interested in members of their...
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Finding New Hampshire probate records on FamilySearch
Old New Hampshire probate records are available online for free at FamilySearch.org-- you just have to know how to find them. Probate records can encompass wills, administration of estates, as well as guardianship issues-- and they can give a wealth of info...
Old New Hampshire probate records are available online for free at FamilySearch.org-- you just have to know how to find them. Probate records can encompass wills, administration of estates, as well as guardianship issues-- an...
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Right Parkers, wrong Margaret
January was a very busy month for me, so blogging has been slow. Yesterday I was finally able to do a bit of research, and made a breakthrough on my PARKER line. You know how I keep writing about how the single biggest mistake made in genealogy is confusing...
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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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Patriots of New Hampshire
My book finally arrived today. I ordered it on March 6, and although the seller shipped it the next day, UPS decided, for reasons unknown, to keep it in New Jersey for almost three weeks. This book is Inhabitants of New Hampshire 1776 by Emily S. Wilson. Th...
My book finally arrived today. I ordered it on March 6, and although the seller shipped it the next day, UPS decided, for reasons unknown, to keep it in New Jersey for almost three weeks. This book is Inhabitants of New Hamps...
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Fun with probate records
For the past couple of weeks in my free time, I've been exploring probate records of many of my ancestors online. As I've posted before, there is free access to 18th and 19th century New Hampshire probate records on FamilySearch. And American Ancestors (run...
For the past couple of weeks in my free time, I've been exploring probate records of many of my ancestors online. As I've posted before, there is free access to 18th and 19th century New Hampshire probate records on FamilySea...
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WEBSTER of Hampton and Kingston, New Hampshire
The American progenitor of my Webster line was Thomas Webster II, who was born before 1634 in Ormsby, Norfolk, England, to Thomas I and Margaret Webster. Thomas I died in England in 1634, and his widow Margaret remarried William Godfrey. Thomas II went to N...
The American progenitor of my Webster line was Thomas Webster II, who was born before 1634 in Ormsby, Norfolk, England, to Thomas I and Margaret Webster. Thomas I died in England in 1634, and his widow Margaret remarried W...
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Thanks-- found it on Fold3, I think. 
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Remember the Blizzard of '78?
I actually don't, being only three years old at the time. But my parents mentioned it often, and below are a couple of photos of yours truly as a tot amid four foot snow drifts in Quincy, Massachusetts after the storm: The blizzard of '78  was a three-day d...
I actually don't, being only three years old at the time. But my parents mentioned it often, and below are a couple of photos of yours truly as a tot amid four foot snow drifts in Quincy, Massachusetts after the storm: Th...
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Oh MY Gosh I was fourteen at the time I do remember this storm
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Uncle James "Buddy" Fitzgerald RYAN photo
I had previously posted about the military service of my paternal grandmother's brother, James Fitzgerald RYAN (1919-1995), who had served aboard the U.S.S. Prairie during World War II. Today I received an email from my second cousin by marriage Janice, who...
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