November, 2007

The World’s Smartest Sister

Later this week, my little sister will celebrate her 50th birthday. [Can that really be? Wow!]. When she was born, my father was a lieutenant in the Army, with the grand salary of $200.00 per month. We lived at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but at the time, housing was a critical issue at “Fort …Continue reading →


Detective Work: A Misplaced Headstone

I was trolling through Greenman Tim’s Cabinet of Curiosities [which I’ll write about at a later date–for now suffice it to say, a day without Walking the Berkshires is no day at all] when I came across this curiosity: Clarence Thomas Delaware PVT 52 CO 152 Depot Brigade World War 1 December 13 1890 March 14 1956 It’s the inscription …Continue reading →


DNA & Genealogy

I’ve not joined in any significant way the discussions about DNA because I’m in the “wait-listen-learn” mode on the topic. I’m quite interested in the matter. And I have submitted a sample to the database maintained by the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, but no matches as of yet. I mention the DNA issue this morning because there was yet another …Continue reading →


Ancestral Gleanings from the Dinner Table

Thanksgiving is a great time to learn a little or a lot about one’s relatives and ancestors. Unexpected things may pop up. I gleaned a fair bit from our Thanksgiving conversations, most of which I’ll share after some further processing. But one of the surprising bits was this: I asked my father if he recalled ever talking to a census …Continue reading →


Oh, Here’s One More Thing to Be Thankful For , , , ,

My father is a musician. He’s played the trumpet since he was a boy and has written some songs. But he’s never made dime, as far as I know, as a musician. I think he probably felt, as the son of a musician himself, that he wanted something different for his family. Nonetheless, we enjoy Dad’s musical bent. He’s taught …Continue reading →


Happy Thanksgiving, All!

“They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they …Continue reading →


More Minnesota News: Soldier Identified After 144 Years? Maybe . . . .

I like stories of this sort. Nearly a century and a half after the Battle of Gettysburg, the body of a Minnesota soldier killed there may have been discovered in a Confederate cemetery in Raleigh, North Carolina. The body may have been mis-identified in 1863. The man buried as Private John O. Dobson of the 2d North Carolina Infantry apparently …Continue reading →


Norway to End Occupation of Minnesota; Local Populace Outraged

The Government of Norway has announced plans to close its consulate in Minnesota, a move that has met with outrage among Norwegian colonists, er, uhm, Minnesotans. Norway says it’s a cost-cutting move, but that the consulates in New York, San Francisco, and Houston (?!) will remain open. About 17% of Minnesota’s population is of Norwegian descent. Read the story here.


Research Resource: The Library of Congress

If you haven’t been to The Library of Congress, get there soon! (Virtually speaking, of course). It’s been about two years since I visited the Library in person. But when I was there virtually the other night, I noticed things had changed online. There are several ways to see the Library online. Let’s go first to the American Memory collections. …Continue reading →


Page 161

So I’ve been tagged by Chery at Nordic Blue for the “161” meme. In this meme, one dislcoses the contents of the sixth sentence on page 161 of one’s current read. I’ve read a lot lately, but when the tag came in, I was in the midst of Dudley Taylor Cornish‘s The Sable Arm, which tells the story of black …Continue reading →

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