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by Susan Grigsby
Comment Count 55 comments on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 06:13 PM PDT with 325 Recommends
In my first GFHC post last week, I explained how I found out only this year that my ancestry (which I thought to be 75% Irish Catholic and 25% Eastern European), also includes a long line of New ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 180 comments on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:00 AM PST with 173 Recommends
This is my first post for the GFHC, which I just came across recently. I was prompted to join because of all the fascinating tales other members of the community have posted, and because this year I ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 89 comments on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 05:22 PM PST with 72 Recommends
This is the fourth and final (for now) installment about my great-grandmother Eva (first three are here , here and here) . She left a ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 97 comments on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 09:00 AM PST with 70 Recommends
Since learning about my ancestry dating back to New England colonial days, I’ve come across a large number of interesting characters in my family tree. Some are noteworthy for admirable reasons, ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 88 comments on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:00 AM PST with 57 Recommends
When I first started researching my family's history, among my first sources were the federal census records. I'd find a name - "is the age right?" Yes, fantastic! "does the spouse's name match?" ...
by hayden
Comment Count 168 comments on Fri Jun 03, 2011 at 09:05 AM PDT with 48 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
Warning: This diary contains a sad story of murder and violent domestic abuse against a woman. The more one researches family history, the more likely one is to find terrible things. Months ago I ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 10 comments on Fri Mar 20, 2015 at 09:00 AM PDT with 36 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
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 68 comments on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 08:52 AM PST with 35 Recommends
Last summer, there was a reunion of sorts at the site of my g-grandfather Calvin's homestead. Issues and commitments at work prevented my being there, but my cousins tell me a good time was had by ...
by klompendanser
Comment Count 30 comments on Wed Mar 30, 2011 at 08:29 PM PDT with 32 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
This was supposed to be posted last Tuesday but my travel plans precluded it, so here it is now with slight amendments. On Friday I wrote about a dishonorable ancestor, Samuel Ladd. Today I’m ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 19 comments on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:00 AM PST with 30 Recommends
A good many kossacks seem to be taking a break from the unhappy fights that have broken out in our community. While it is tempting to join them, but it is very likely no one would notice I was gone. ...
by klompendanser
Comment Count 28 comments on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 10:33 PM PDT with 30 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
Genealogy & Family History ...
by figbash
Comment Count 69 comments on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 09:05 AM PST with 28 Recommends
I won't be around today but everyone else can feel free to discuss fishing, canals, or whatever strikes your fancy in the comments... My great-grandfather Michael has always been a mysterious ...
by fenway49
Comment Count 25 comments on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 09:30 AM PDT with 27 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
Yesterday would have been my oldest brother's 70th birthday. He didn't quite live long enough to see it; he died three days after Valentine's day…primarily significant in our family as being the ...
by klompendanser
Comment Count 45 comments on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 02:43 PM PST with 27 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