Monthly Archives: October 2010

A Simpler Life, or, Password Mania?

Were the days of yore really a simpler time? Probably not.  Almost all of my ancestors lived their lives close to the soil, the earliest of them having spent a lifetime of raising a family, homesteading the land, breaking the … Continue reading

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Too Much of a Good Thing?

One of the joys of doing genealogy research is connecting with distant relatives. Several years ago I used a genealogy software program to generate a webpage and placed it online. Eventually a cousin of my husband’s in Sweden and several … Continue reading

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Details in the Stone

Tombstone of Margaret Greene, St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Logan Township, Raymond, South Dakota. This tombstone of Margaret Greene, great-grandmother of my husband, provided the only record we could find for her birth– Rosscarbary, Ireland. She was born Margaret Callaghan.  The names … Continue reading

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Does It End Here?

Tombstone of Patrick Greene, St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Logan Township, Raymond, South Dakota Unlike the tombstone for his wife, Margaret, Patrick Greene’s tombstone does not contain his birthplace in Ireland. Naturalization records, land records, obituary, death record only give the location … Continue reading

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Fridays, Tuna Casserole, and Waffles

Growing up Catholic in the 1950s, we did not eat meat on Friday. This was always a challenge for my mother since our family’s appetite was strictly a meat and potatoes type. But it brings back a couple memories: the … Continue reading

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What’s In Your Genealogy?

Browsing through the surname list of my ancestors turns up some interesting names: On my Liechtenstein line, there is a Fox, a Boss, a Nutt, and a Nipp (no evidence this line worked at a brewery or ran a pub!)   … Continue reading

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Two Terrific Finds

It’s been estimated less than two per cent of genealogy records are available online, but I think it’s what is already in that two per cent that has contributed greatly to finding our ancestors.   Two resources have just made my … Continue reading

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Gleaned from the 1757 Ostfriesen Kopfschatzung

There probably has never been a government that did not have to collect taxes, and in 1757 a census was taken in the Ostfriesen area of Germany.  Part of the reason for doing so was to do a head count … Continue reading

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Relationships in the Family Tree

My sister Pat discovered an interesting connection in our Liechtenstein ancestry:  names of one ancestor appeared in two places.  In other words, our family tree connected at several places.  Upon closer examination, we learned our maternal grandparents were actually third … Continue reading

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Ostfriesen Greeting

Ostfriesen greeting plaque, a gift from our German friends Jane and Jens when they visited us earlier this year. “Moin” is a greeting used in the Ostfriesen area of Germany.

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