The Adoption Witness: Ellen Berrigan; Perils and Pearls by Sea to Poughkeepsie

We sought Ellen, wife of Daniel Kelly of Poughkeepsie, NY, in connection to a possible link with our own genealogy.1 By best estimate, she was born in Ireland in 1825 and died about 1913.2a That she was born Berrigan is supported by newly released Roman Catholic Baptismal Records, which held listing for one of her … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: Ellen Berrigan; Perils and Pearls by Sea to Poughkeepsie

The Adoption Witness: Materializing Ghosts

Elizabeth Hanson appeared in the 1851 Census of Bothwell, Scotland for Bo’ness Road.1a Captured at ScotlandsPeople (SP), the record was posted in this order: herself and her Hanson children, a family of five Moore lodgers, and Eliza Kelly. The order suggested three family types. Of the Hanson children, Sarah was 11, Agnes 7, Richard 5 … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: Materializing Ghosts

The Adoption Witness On Ancestry: Tøger Arneson Or Torger Hemmingson, son of Alette Ingebrigtsdatter

Torger was the step-son of our great grandfather, Ole Hemmingson. He was born in 1887 Norway, the first child of Alette Ingebrigtsdatter. He passed in 1911, a bachelor of about twenty-four years. His death was accidental, as told by the daughter of his half-sister, Mildred. We know him as family. Yet, he is elusive to … Continue reading The Adoption Witness On Ancestry: Tøger Arneson Or Torger Hemmingson, son of Alette Ingebrigtsdatter

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Intermission; Etta Weds, Photos ca 1900

We are pleased to share some early photos of Matt's adored elder sister, the unforgettable Etta Church. It was she who detained in Norway with him for over a year; two preteens pining to join their parents and siblings in America. In late November 1887, they did just that.1 Matt credited her, in his Memoirs, … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Intermission; Etta Weds, Photos ca 1900

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Family Leave circa 1907 and Epic Tsolum River Logjam

As our last post closed, Matt Hemmingsen was mourning the death of his young wife of two years, the lovely Caroline Dybedal.1 The couple had made their way to Chemainus on Vancouver Island by June 1906, to relocate and for Matt to apply his technical expertise to an intractable logging debacle. But an emerging illness … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Family Leave circa 1907 and Epic Tsolum River Logjam

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: A Lumbering Bait and Switch.

Over the last several posts we saw that resource depletion around the Great Lakes was causing logging operations to move ever westward. Our Matt Hemmingson of Wisconsin ran river drives on the Upper Mississippi, and harvested logs in North Dakota. But the crushing death of his brother, Harry, in the woods of Minnesota late 1900, … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: A Lumbering Bait and Switch.

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Bunkhouse Lice, Boiling Clothes For Freeze Dry and Capitalism.

How odd it feels - or maybe "old" -  to read in our own grandfather's words, his reference to a co-worker, who was a  Civil War Veteran. Such is rather akin to grandkids easily accepting our dial phone, while questioning the hand crank-up, wooden wall mount. The one in our Port Renfrew logging camp, circa … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Bunkhouse Lice, Boiling Clothes For Freeze Dry and Capitalism.

Who’da Thunk? Canada Births Found In Scotland Old Parish Records

This blog has a section "Not My Ancestor; Maybe Yours". We post no story there, just data found from trips down rabbit holes. Information that would otherwise be deleted. Search engine evidence shows that others do access the information.  So, this entry could easily have gone there, but for the surprise find, alluded to by … Continue reading Who’da Thunk? Canada Births Found In Scotland Old Parish Records

Hemmingson: TB Was Not On The Draft Card. Was Disaster?

One character often dominates a family history. To preserve the worthy tales of all, we stripped out the colorful aspects of such a member to present the family of Alette Hemmingson. That is, we give you what the standard documents tell, and withhold a broader narrative. A separate post will follow soon, to disclose the sibling, … Continue reading Hemmingson: TB Was Not On The Draft Card. Was Disaster?

Dear Granddad: If Only November Had Been August

Emigrations were game changers, but some were more impactful than others. Our grandfather’s collision with America is a recent revision to his ancestry. He was Mathias Hemmingsen.                                RECAP: Dad wrote that his grandfather, Ole Hemmingson, pictured in the thumbnail below, … Continue reading Dear Granddad: If Only November Had Been August