Author Archives: Don Taylor

Frederick W. Blanchard – Orphan, Widower, & Plasterer

By Don Taylor Frederick W. Blanchard had one of the most difficult lives I have ever researched — Orphaned young, possibly left standing at the altar, a widower by the age of 19, and dead by automobile accident when he … Continue reading

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Glennis Paternity Project / Roy L Huber?

Glennis Paternity Project By Don Taylor Last fall I began a project to look more closely at the possibilities of figuring out who my half-sister Glennis’ biological father might be. Her closest match was a predicted second cousin, Mike. Mike … Continue reading

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My Wife’s Closest Famous Relatives

 “We’re Related” – Part 4 Famous Friday Howell-Darling 2017 by Don Taylor So, my wife says to me, “I thought you were going to look at my family also in “We’re Related.” I had mentioned in my first article, “We’re … Continue reading

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Cambridge Elementary School – 1957

My Life Those Places Thursday By Don Taylor I attended Cambridge Elementary School for about half of my second-grade school year. We moved to Cambridge during the summer of 1957. My mother had gotten a job at the Cambridge State … Continue reading

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Ancestor Biography – Hannah Carpenter (1847-?)

Howell-Darling-2017 Research Darling/Carpenter Line 52 Ancestors By Don Taylor Sometimes searching for an ancestor is a grueling process.  My researching my wife’s 4th great-grandmother, Hannah (Carpenter) Darling looks to be one such project. My goal is to determine her death … Continue reading

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Carlisle Opera House, 23 April 1920

Donna Montran and “Chin Chin” play the Carlisle Opera House on 23 April 1920  Finishing their one-night show On April 22nd at the Frederick City Opera House, the cast and crew of “Chin Chin” packed up and rolled the 65 … Continue reading

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William Freeman – Patriot

Sometimes I’m reminded that when I’m away from home, I need to be extra careful to document my work so as to be able to cite my sources properly.  Sadly I can’t do that with today’s treasure. Back in March … Continue reading

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Virginia Memory Chancery Records Index

John P. Williams vs Admr of John P. Price – Case: 1836-011 Peter Howell Deposition Amanuensis Monday Finding records for ancestors in antebellum Virginia are always a treasure.  One of my favorite record sets is the Chancery Records Index available through Virginia … Continue reading

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Possible Relatives – Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Blake Lively

We’re Related – Third Look Famous Friday by Don Taylor My third look at possible relatives using “We’re Related” showed many potential new cousins.  I decided I would look at the three of the closest “famous relatives” that “We’re Related” … Continue reading

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A Genealogist’s Nightmare or a Census Taker’s Confusion?

Four Mary Stoeger’s in the 1900 Census. It was hard for me to tell if I was looking at an ‘80s sitcom or if the 1900 Census was true. I kept thinking, “Hi, I’m John Stoeger, and this is my … Continue reading

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