July, 2006

The Jewish connection

One of the more perplexing aspects of genealogy is getting to the root and truth of certain family lore. Some stories get told over and over and over again and their mere repetition seems to lend them credibility. And some are so compelling that debunking them seems such a shame. I’ve shared the story in my family, debunked on this …Continue reading →


Messy Memorial

I was surprised to learn recently that my father’s great uncle Monroe Bryant (September 8, 1900 — December 3, 1953) is buried in Sacramento, just about 5 miles away from the Bloggcast Center. He was buried on December 17, 1953, in East Lawn Memorial Park in the well-to-do neighborhood of East Sacramento. East Lawn is Sacramento’s oldest and most “prestigious” …Continue reading →


Lessons Learned

We are on the trail of Velma Mitchell, born 1910 in Rockport Texas. We’ men identified her family of origin and we think we may have found at least two marriages and one child for her. She died in 1998 in Seattle, Washington. When last we met, we were examining records having to do with one of the putative husbands, …Continue reading →


"There Are No Easy Cases in Genealogy"

We’ve been tracking Velma Mitchell to get a more complete picture of her life. We know she was born in Rockport, Texas, in about 1911. We know her brothers’ names were Pat and J.B. We think we know that she married a man named Steve Marlin Hunt in 1939. We also think we know that she had a daughter named …Continue reading →


Sharing a Learning Experience

One of our informal mottos here at GeneaBlogie is “learn, share, enjoy.” So I’d like to share a learning experience I had recently and I hope you enjoy it. Our task is to track a relative throughout her life using available records. We are interested in Velma Mitchell, who’s a cousin on the Bryant side of the family. Here’s what …Continue reading →


Dan Carpenter, 1825-1920

Ancestor was Major Figure in Early Prosperity of Kansas City Area A few weeks ago I wrote here about discovering Dan Carpenter of Clay County, Missouri, as my third great-grandfather. As it turns out, Carpenter was a significant figure in Clay and Platte counties for a number of years. I came across an article entitled Dan Carpenter, Pioneer Merchant and …Continue reading →


Call from a Cousin

“Cold Contact” leads to Warm Results Recently I said in this space that I was going to write a letter to my cousin Lee Manson of Midland, Texas. A cold contact of that sort is something that I hadn’t done before and had some apprehension associated with it. But I wrote the letter and mailed it anyway. I came home …Continue reading →


Thanks . . .

My thanks to Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings for his favorable mention of GeneaBlogie. Randy’s own blog is quite a good read all the time. You’ll find the link on the left side of this page. It’s one of my regular stops.


My Typical American Connection

Fifth great-grandfather was cousin to signer of the Declaration of Independence Just a few days ago I wrote about Ezekiel Johnson and his paternity. He was the son of Dan Carpenter (1825 — 1920). Dan Carpenter’s mother was Hannah Clark (1798 — 1881). Hannah Clark’s father was Samuel Clark (1768 — 1854). Samuel Clark was the great-great grandson of Richard …Continue reading →


Let Freedom Ring . . .

I had intended to start this post by noting that I have no genealogical connection to any of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. However in the interest of accuracy and out of some curiosity I took a look at the list of signers of the Declaration, and as it turns out I may indeed have some thing of …Continue reading →

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