Monthly Archives: June 2017

Donna at the Bijou – New Haven, CT

Donna Darling Collection – Part 8 Treasure Chest Thursday By Don Taylor This week’s Treasure Chest Thursday is clipping regarding Donna and her Bathing Beauties playing at the Bijou. The accompanying clipping indicates that the article was in “THE NEW … Continue reading

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Probate Record for Timothy Munsell

Anamnesis Monday Transcripts by Don Taylor Probate records are wonderful when you can find them as they provide so much detail and texture about an individual’s life.  I just loved learning that Timothy Munsell‘s family spent a dollar (6 shillings) for … Continue reading

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A Dollar for Spirits? – Timothy Munsell (1745-1798)

Howell-Darling-2017 Research Darling/Munsell Line By Don Taylor I have often wonder how money worked in the post-colonial period.  I know originally there were 20 shillings in a pound, but the old pounds and shillings worked in comparison with dollars. I’ve … Continue reading

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Donna Darling and the Boys

Donna Darling Collection – Part 7 Treasure Chest Thursday By Don Taylor The searching, the hunt to understand a page, a photo from the Donna Darling Collection is always fun. Item #7 of the collection is a photograph of Donna … Continue reading

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Amanuensis the Easy Way

Amanuensis Monday By Don Taylor A few years ago, I wrote a post about my wife’s 4th great-grandfather, Lewis Bryan (1755-1830) and that he had purchased his land from Robert Bryan. That post received several comments. One included a clue … Continue reading

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DNA – Glennis’ Paternal Search – Part 6

Following Morgan/Morgan/Hemsworth/Luzader & Deem By Don Taylor The scope of the project exploded last time, when I learned that there was apparently a pedigree collapse in my notional Morgan-Hemsworth research to attempt to learn Glennis’ father’s identity. I knew the … Continue reading

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Donna in a Roland West sketch at Keeney’s

February, March, and April, 1919. Records about Donna’s early vaudeville years are sparse. For example, I know that the January 31,, 1919, issue of Variety, under New Acts mentions, “Donna Montran and Trixie Bressler in a new sketch by Roland … Continue reading

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It’s Another First Cousin

Roberts DNA By Don Taylor One of the benefits of using Ancestry DNA for Genetic Testing is their vast database.  Because there are so many people in their system, you are much more likely to have a DNA match. Sure … Continue reading

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Vinson/Vincent line of Halifax, NN

Researching the Vinson/Vincent line of Halifax, North Carolina Howell-Darling-2017 Research Howell/Vinson/Vincent Line By Don Taylor Getting to know ancestors that lived before 1850 is always difficult. The census records before 1880 do not include relationships and census records before 1850 … Continue reading

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Harvey Nelson and the USS Mongolia

By Don Taylor I always enjoy a fresh, new, project. Jumping in and documenting a new tree getting to know new ancestors is my idea of fun. My client knew very little about her maternal line, so I began looking … Continue reading

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