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Donna Darling Collection – Part 13

Treasure Chest Thursday By Don Taylor For this week’s Treasure Chest Thursday, I’m looking at a clipping from the Donna Darling Collection Key features: The venue is the Allegheny Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. The show is “Donna Montran and her … Continue reading

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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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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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