Author Archives: Don Taylor

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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We’re Related – Churchill, Gates, Disney

We’re Related – Second Look for my Wife Famous Friday by Don Taylor There are new people every week using “We’re Related” so I thought I’d take another look at the three of my wife’s new matches.  My wife’s two … Continue reading

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Franklin Elementary, Anoka, MN – 1958

My Life Those Places Thursday By Don Taylor There was probably no place we ever lived that was a cool as our place in Anoka.  First of all, it was upstairs of a bakery, so we woke up most mornings … Continue reading

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Biography: Frank Xaver Drexl (1856-1929)

By Don Taylor Absent other sources, I usually trust the 1900 Census as being the most accurate for the date because it provides both a month/year and age for the individual. In the case of Frank Xaver Drexl the 1900 Census … Continue reading

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