Monthly Archives: August 2017

Ancestor Bio – Elishaba Smith

52 Ancestors – Week 191 By Don Taylor Elishaba Smith was born, lived her entire life, and died in New London County, Connecticut. What makes that statement so odd and what provided such a source for learning for me was … Continue reading

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Ancestor Bio – Minnie Mable Bodge (1872-1948)

52 Ancestors – Week 191 By Don Taylor I consider successful ancestor research if I can learn and document the vital records (birth, marriage, and death), follow the individual through all the Census records during their life, and learn the … Continue reading

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Donna at Owyhee Hotel – Dec 4-8, 1919

Donna Montran stayed at the Owyhee Hotel in Boise, Idaho December 4-8, 1919.  Don Taylor Sometimes I just come across cool things.  Recently I found an article on Chronicling America that spoke of “Hotel Arrivals” in Boise, ID, Dec 5, … Continue reading

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Adair Project – Ella E. (Mitchell) Adair

Ancestor Bio – Ella E (Mitchell)Adair 52 Ancestors – Week 190 By Don Taylor This week I look at Ella E. Mitchell. As is so often the case with women ancestors, her life events are defined by her husband and … Continue reading

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Crutchfield Project – It’s a Start

Ancestor Biography – Crutchfield Project 52 Ancestors – Week 137 By Don Taylor I was recently asked to help someone learn more about his ancestry. He knew he was Italian, but didn’t know how much. He also knew his parent’s … Continue reading

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DNA Match leads to 3rd Great’s

Autosomal DNA Brown/Manning/Fannin Line By Don Taylor On 23 and Me, I contacted a cousin I’ll call “JK.” The individual shared 1.34% of his DNA with my mother and .77% of his DNA with me. He also shared .91% of … Continue reading

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Fannin – Surname Saturday

Name Origin Fannin is an Irish surname. It is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name “O Fionnáin” meaning   ‘descendant of Fionnán’, a diminutive of Finn.[i] Forebears suggests it means “Descendant of the little, blond man; grandson of little Fionn … Continue reading

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Donna Darling Collection – Part 12

Family Photos #1 – Russell, Donna, & Sammy Treasure Chest Thursday by Don Taylor This week I took a look at ten photos from the Donna Darling Collection. Unfortunately, three of the photos were blurry or otherwise unusable. Of the … Continue reading

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We’re Related – Fanning, Roosevelt, & Clemmens

We’re Related – A Third Look for my Wife Famous Friday by Don Taylor It had been a while since I tried using “We’re Related,” so I thought I’d take another quick look at my wife’s closest matches. Among the latest … Continue reading

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Ancestor Bio – Nimrod Lister (c. 1826-c. 1900)

52 Ancestors – Week 187 By Don Taylor Nimrod, an Old Testament character who was the great-grandson of Noah, is a fairly unusual name, so I figured I’d be able to follow him easily – No such luck. I found … Continue reading

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