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Karen Howes
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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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In 1914...
For the coming new year, I thought I would take a time machine back to 1914-- 100 years ago-- and see what life was like and what was happening. 1914, via the Great War, marked the end of the Edwardian era and what Mark Twain had dubbed "The Gilded Age." We...
For the coming new year, I thought I would take a time machine back to 1914-- 100 years ago-- and see what life was like and what was happening. 1914, via the Great War, marked the end of the Edwardian era and what Mark Twain...
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Christmas past: 1979
In 1979, at 3 1/2 years old I moved with my family to California because my dad got transferred for his job. We ended up living there until moving to Florida in the winter of 1982. I remember it pretty well, though. So Christmas of '79 would have been the f...
In 1979, at 3 1/2 years old I moved with my family to California because my dad got transferred for his job. We ended up living there until moving to Florida in the winter of 1982. I remember it pretty well, though. So Christ...
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Pearl Harbor: not totally unexpected
December 7 marks the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. We tend to think of this event as being a complete surprise, but according to the archived newspapers I've come across (especially Australian pa...
December 7 marks the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. We tend to think of this event as being a complete surprise, but according to the archived newspapers I've ...
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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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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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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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Festival Of Lights
One of the main things I love about genealogy is how it brings history to life. It's much more than collecting names and dates, it's about really getting to know who your ancestors were as people-- what did they do? What did they believe? What did they wear...
One of the main things I love about genealogy is how it brings history to life. It's much more than collecting names and dates, it's about really getting to know who your ancestors were as people-- what did they do? What did ...
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Christmas past: 1976
I've in the process of scanning old family photos to my computer-- a pretty big project, as there are a lot of photos-- and since Christmas is coming up, I was inspired to share some pictures of "Christmases past." This is from 1976: My sibs, my mom (holdin...
I've in the process of scanning old family photos to my computer-- a pretty big project, as there are a lot of photos-- and since Christmas is coming up, I was inspired to share some pictures of "Christmases past." This is fr...
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The HOLGATE family and the throat distemper
Recently Heather Wilkinson Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy wrote a great  post about historical New England throat distemper epidemics-- funny that she did so just now, because I had planned to write this month about the effect that one such epidemic had on the ...
Recently Heather Wilkinson Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy wrote a great post about historical New England throat distemper epidemics-- funny that she did so just now, because I had planned to write this month about the effect tha...
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