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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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Fanny (Taylor) Blackhurst (1806-1889)

By Don Taylor I sometimes tell the story that, “I am the oldest Taylor in my generations, that there are no Taylor’s older than me related to me.” (I need to tell the story of how I got the surname … 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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OMG – Another Half-Sibling

Half-Siblings provide the proof Brown, DNA By Don Taylor Thanks to autosomal DNA testing, I’ve learned who my biological father is. I have discovered and met some of my “new” half-siblings on my biological father’s side. I have also discovered that … Continue reading

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Ancestor Biography – Stephen Blackhurst (1801-1869)

 [Brown]/Montran/Barber/Blackhurst Line By Don Taylor As I have begun to get to know my Blackhurst heritage, I am amazed. It is an incredible group of people descended from 19th century English immigrants, Stephen and Fannie (Taylor) Blackhurst. Fifty years after … Continue reading

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My First Grade – Emerson Elementary

My Life Those Places Thursday By Don Taylor We must have moved back to Minneapolis during the summer of 1956 because I don’t remember changing schools during the school year that year.  We lived at 1221-½ Nicollet. It was an old … Continue reading

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Blackhurst Family Reunion – 1923

Amanuensis Monday By Don Taylor I don’t recall ever finding a newspaper article about a family reunion for my direct ancestors. I found an article on Ancestry.Com that mentioned my third great-grandparents, Stephen and Fanny (Taylor) Blackhurst. The article was … Continue reading

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Blackhurst Conflicts – The “Blacklin” Family of 1860

By Don Taylor I recently attended a Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society where the speaker, Pam Stone Eagleson spoke about “Confronting Conflicting Evidence.” It was a very good talk. As I listened to it I was thinking, … Continue reading

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Collins – Surname Saturday

I don’t really know much about my Collins ancestors, but they are among my earliest ancestors, 8th 9th and 10th great grandparents. They were part of the “Great Migration” of the early 1600s arriving in Massachusetts then locating to Connecticut. … Continue reading

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We’re Related – My Possible Relatives – Second Look

  Famous Friday by Don Taylor My second look at possible relatives using “We’re Related.” I must have received an upgrade recently as the program wanted me to reconnect with all of my Facebook friends. I was not amused that … Continue reading

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