Author Archives: Don Taylor

The Plummer Bible #2

The Linwood Dyer Collection’s Plummer Family Bible (#2), housed at the Scarborough Historical Society, offers unique genealogical data, including precise birth, marriage, and death dates that clarify and sometimes correct established records on platforms like Ancestry and Family Search. The Bible’s recordings, likely made close to the events by individuals like David or Alice Plummer, provide valuable primary source information for researchers, suggesting its accuracy over other sources for events like the _Rummery Book_. Continue reading

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Rufus Harry Darling in the Censuses

Genealogist Don Taylor revisits the life of Rufus Harry Darling, born 1857, raised by his mother after his father’s early death. He details Rufus’ residencies from 1860-1910 across U.S. censuses, noting discrepancies in reported marital status and ages. Taylor outlines steps to validate Rufus’ life events, including verifying the death of Rufus’ first wife and confirming secondary sources. He aims to provide a robust, accurately sourced genealogical profile, reconciling census data with family lore and historical records. Continue reading

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Photo Friday – Cary (née Swasey), Enemark, & Johnson

Don Taylor shares photos from the Linwood Dyer Collection. After identifying individuals in three photos, including the James and Mary Cary family, circa 1903, and Jacob Enemark’s 1905 Christmas card, Taylor seeks help with 30 unidentified individuals. The post emphasizes the importance of labeling photographs for posterity and expresses hope for assistance with a class photo from an unknown year, possibly Roosevelt School in South Portland, Maine. Continue reading

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The Stone Bible

Linwood Dyer CollectionFamily Bible SundayBy Don Taylor Introduction Family Bibles are great for genealogical research. They are historical records that typically are primary sources. Also, The information is usually provided by someone with firsthand knowledge of the event.[i]Sometimes, Bibles record … Continue reading

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Donna at the Henderson Theater, Coney Island

Henderson’s Theater, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York – Week of 6 September 1920.  Updated 29 Jan 2023 We know that Donna had finished a 5-week showing at B.S. Moss’ Broadway Theater on August 29th. We know she performed in that … Continue reading

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