John Dickson (1882-1947): Edges of That Anecdote Bust

Our last post lamented the broken expectation that John Dickson left Scotland as a young man around 1911, for wonder in India or Australia. Instead, we found him home, dead at 64 in 1947, a single retired coal miner.1 We thought this closed our genealogical interest in him, in that we could say his life … Continue reading John Dickson (1882-1947): Edges of That Anecdote Bust

John Dickson (1882-1947) Busts Our Family Anecdote

Double Genealogy: The Adoption Witness Update 5 Addendum 9* Growing up, our Mum alleged that “three young men left Scotland solo, at around the same time: one bound for Canada (our Granddad), one for India, and one for Australia. They bravely conquered their futures on their own. The men kept in touch, but strangely, two … Continue reading John Dickson (1882-1947) Busts Our Family Anecdote

The Adoption Witness On Ancestry: The Baroness of Skog-Vefsn Emigrates to Lake Cowichan

Here is a copy of an original letter from the Baron of Manby/Baron of Skog-Vefsn; Dr. Lloyd J. Bailey, B.A., M.A., M.Ed. Ph.D. to our father, John O. Hemmingsen, dated 11 Feb 2000.1 Now, even original materials must be offered with caution; some may contain a little farce. That is, while it is far from … Continue reading The Adoption Witness On Ancestry: The Baroness of Skog-Vefsn Emigrates to Lake Cowichan

The Adoption Witness: PSA; Pressman-Rejected Jewish Emigrants. Miscategorized. Misspelled.

NAME: Pressman or Pressneau This is for descendants of the couple, Samuel and Sarah Pressman / Pressneau, born in Russia about 1894 and 1900, respectively. They are not our ancestors, however we stumbled upon their data when researching ours. It is information that could be pivotal in their life story. Unfortunately, it is data that … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: PSA; Pressman-Rejected Jewish Emigrants. Miscategorized. Misspelled.

Writing Off Jane Carroll’s John Kelly

DOUBLE GENEALOGY: The ADOPTION WITNESS. Update 4, Addendum 8 Genealogical bereavement: the profound sense of loss on realizing that the long--departed soul under lengthy intensive scrutiny is not an ancestor. The state of grief and disbelief that must pass before another target can be tackled. Alas, we deem that Jane's John is not ours. Those … Continue reading Writing Off Jane Carroll’s John Kelly

Genealogy Imagined from the US Civil War, past River Clyde, to a UK Chemical Plant

Double Genealogy: the Adoption Witness; Update 2, Addendum 6 Little was known of John Kelly; he was born in the US about 1859 and resided in Lanarkshire Scotland from 1881-1882 where he worked as a farm servant.² ³ His family was not identified. "Double Genealogy: the Adoption Witness" found that our grandfather was likely adopted … Continue reading Genealogy Imagined from the US Civil War, past River Clyde, to a UK Chemical Plant

Read Along With Me: Priceless Images for Scottish Genealogy

“Double Genealogy: the Adoption Witness” (DGAW) sought the twofold identity of two adopted boy cousins, who were not biologically related. That is, four sets of parents. Along with other puzzles. It has a handful and half,  of data images.  Sometimes whimsical, it has just one picture; “Heriot Row”, Edinburgh, Scotland, as depicted on the cover.1 A scene … Continue reading Read Along With Me: Priceless Images for Scottish Genealogy