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Last week, on the 239th anniversary of "Paul Revere's" ride, I wrote about the experiences of three ancestors from Massachusetts who fought in the American Revolution. This week I'll tell the story ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 19 comments on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 11:38 AM PDT with 23 Recommends
In a few days we will celebrate Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts (and Maine, which used to be Massachusetts). This unique state holiday, held on the third Monday in April, became a little better ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 33 comments on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:01 AM PDT with 10 Recommends
Last summer Zwenkau wrote this of genealogy research in one of our open threads: Lastly, a part of it was wanting to know what-to-name-the-baby (whom we were expecting). That got me thinking, ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 75 comments on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 09:00 AM PDT with 21 Recommends
I planned to make this week's installment about something entirely different, then found to my horror that the other diary wasn't finished. Eek! So after lunchtime scrambling to get some photos ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 19 comments on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:57 PM PDT with 17 Recommends
A while back I wrote about Rev. Ebenezer Burgess, a distant cousin who in 1865 published a family genealogy containing some of my ancestors. In it, he erroneously killed off my 6x great-grandmother ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 15 comments on Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 08:35 AM PST with 16 Recommends
Last time I wrote about some historical events that had a direct impact on my ancestors, determining in a sense the future of the bloodline. I argued that, had these events not happened as (and when)
by fenway49
Comment Count 24 comments on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:17 AM PST with 21 Recommends
Last weekend, on a snowy New England afternoon, my wife and I had lunch in Cambridge with an old friend of mine…and his new fiancée. The engagement came as something of a surprise: I hadn’t ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 23 comments on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 09:39 AM PST with 25 Recommends
Lately we've had a lot of great research tips from mayim and others. All I had in reserve was more stories about long-gone people, and I had no time to do anything else, so this week we'll make do ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 10 comments on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 08:45 AM PST with 15 Recommends
As I recounted in my very first GFHC diary , I learned almost two years ago that my great-grandfather Lee was not Irish Catholic as claimed but instead descended from the earliest New England ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 28 comments on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 09:00 AM PST with 21 Recommends
A while back I posted about the end of a branch of my family tree, a great-great uncle or some such who had one child with each of his two wives only to have each child die young and childless. Many ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 10 comments on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 09:05 AM PDT with 11 Recommends
For now, at least, I’m going to spare you the tedious tales of stuffy New Englanders of the DAR derivation, and their pompous preservation of pedigree, which had been today’s originally ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 29 comments on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 09:00 AM PDT with 28 Recommends
A number of people in my extended family are firefighters in Massachusetts and New York. Today I’d like to remember a member of my family who served in the FDNY many years ago and made the ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 26 comments on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 09:20 AM PDT with 15 Recommends
Ethan Allen slept in my house. An elephant is buried in my front yard. My grandfather taught an escape trick to Houdini. These family stories are true. I know. I've done the in-depth research. ...
by GrumpyOldGeek
Comment Count 27 comments on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM PDT with 16 Recommends
Back in January I wrote several diaries about my great-...
by fenway49
Comment Count 61 comments on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 09:19 AM PDT with 38 Recommends
A few weeks ago figbash gave a shout-out to ancestry stories with urban settings. I agreed with that idea, because all of the ancestors I've ever known were city people. My direct ancestry is ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 34 comments on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 08:20 AM PDT with 27 Recommends
I recently found that I'd been given a gift subsciption to DK, but I didn't not see a message telling who made the gift. If my generous benefactor is among us, thank you! I'm grateful and touched. ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 33 comments on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 01:25 PM PDT with 36 Recommends
Before our regularly scheduled programming, a distant cousin inadvertently helped me break through a brick wall this week. She sent me a link on familysearch.org to the probate records of my great-...
by fenway49
Comment Count 43 comments on Fri May 10, 2013 at 09:33 AM PDT with 15 Recommends
This diary contains the story of a pioneer ancestry who had a son in unusual conditions on this date, April 12, in 1770, two hundred and forty-three years ago. April 12 also is the birthday of my ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 33 comments on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 09:00 AM PDT with 13 Recommends
As I’ve learned more about my ancestors I’ve also taken some time to follow the branches of the tree down, learning about their siblings’ descendants. I’ve come across some interesting ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 16 comments on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 07:00 AM PDT with 23 Recommends
As I’ve learned more about my ancestors I’ve also taken some time to follow the branches of the tree down, learning about their siblings’ descendants. I’ve come across some interesting ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 21 comments on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 07:20 AM PDT with 31 Recommends