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1895 Minnesota Census – Jessie & Nancy Barnett

Census Sunday Brown/Montran Mannin Census records are the mainstay of genealogical research.  One of my favorite census records is the 1895 Minnesota State Census.  Not only does it provide much of the information you would expect in a Census – … Continue reading

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Keep Trees Wide, Not Deep – Example: Mannin/Barnett

Brown-Montran Research DNA Research Mannin/Manning/Brown During the last meeting of the Maine Genealogical DNA Interest Group, someone asked if it is better to have a tree that is deep or a tree that is wide. I mentioned that, for autosomal … Continue reading

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The 42nd: Shell Shelters, Headquarters, and In the Trenches.

Over There This Veterans Day, like most Veterans Days, I honor my veteran ancestors. This day was originally known as Armistice Day because an armistice – the cessation of hostilities – went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th … Continue reading

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Why I’ll never do business with MyHeritage again.

It is seldom that a company angers me enough that I say, “I’ll NEVER, NEVER EVER, do business with that company again.” MyHeritage has successfully achieved that status with me. I was enticed to use MyHeritage when 23 and Me … Continue reading

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“Chin Chin” plays at the Park Theatre in Youngstown, Ohio on 8 April 1920

Vaudeville – Chin Chin The Search – The Process Grandmother Donna’s playing at the Park Theatre in Youngstown, Ohio reminds me that not everything is on the Internet.  It is only by luck and happenstance that I learned of “Chin-Chin” … Continue reading

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William M Sanford – Pioneer

Roberts-Brown-2016 Research Brown/Sanford Line By Don Taylor My third great-grandfather, William M. Sanford was a pioneer. He is the first ancestor that I have encountered that was identified as a pioneer in two different books relating the history of two … Continue reading

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Ancestry Hints and Timothy Munsell

Darling Research Treasure Chest Thursday I love those Ancestry hints.  I received another message that I had hints in my Darling-Huber research. This time regarding my wife’s 4th great-grandfather, Timothy Munsell.  Because it was a direct ancestor, I jumped at the … Continue reading

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Three approaches to Ancestry Hints

By Don Taylor We all get them, at least we do if we subscribe to Ancestry.Com and we have a tree on Ancestry. Yes, I’m talking about hints – the beautiful little leaves that let you know that Ancestry thinks … Continue reading

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Military Discharge of Asa E. Roberts

Amanuensis Monday T: To all whom it may concern: Know Ye, that Asa Roberts a Private of Captain ??mon’s Company (I) 31st thirty-first Regiment of Illinois Vols who was enrolled on the 15th fifteenth day of August one thousand eight … Continue reading

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Buel – Surname Saturday

Brown Line Name Origin According to Ancestry.Com, Buel is a variation of Buell. Then they indicate that Buell is, for Welsh, a variant for Bowell and for Dutch, it is an occupation name for a hangman. It continues that Bowell is … Continue reading

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