Published November 29, 2014

I just learned that there was a custom in the US of dressing up in costumes on Thanksgiving. This practice seems to have been popular in some areas of the country from the 19th century until the early 1950s. This solves a mystery about a photo of my grandparents, labeled…

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Published November 24, 2014

Researching my husband’s maternal grandfather’s British tree was a daunting task. Due in part to his non-combat death during World War II, I had almost no information to go on – just his name and two or three random facts. One of these random facts eventually opened up a wonderful,…

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Published November 1, 2014

I’m having trouble finding much information about my great grandmother Katherine. She died young in 1913, at age 40, and there isn’t a long life’s worth of documentation on her. Family lore was that she was from County Tyrone, Ireland, from the area of the “Tyrone Trenches”. It’s now looking…

Read More Consumption – a romanticized death