Ancestry Errata – Drat the Rats

Yum-yum CROW! We here, must admit to publishing two doses of bad data. They have been corrected on their respective posts “Our Anecdotal Jewishness” and “Alexander Ancestry: The Great Wall of Margaret” We can be acutely aware of an underlying hazard that might lead to reading an item incorrectly and go on to perceive it … Continue reading Ancestry Errata – Drat the Rats

Another Researcher Poses Data Challenge #1

The key to John might be Jane. That is our hope; so far, the ploy has come up short. Now, had you read “Imagining Genealogy from a Deathbed Rant” you’d know that John Kelly was likely our biological great grandfather. Born in the US 1859, or so, he vanished from Scotland after registering his non-wedlock … Continue reading Another Researcher Poses Data Challenge #1

Imagining Genealogy Fairly

Oh. We meant imagining genealogy “Fairlie”. You see, had you read a preceding post here, “Imagining Genealogy from a Death Bed Rant” then you’d know we had been unfairly stymied by Jane Carroll. Jane repeatedly claimed birth in Scotland about 1861, including at her last available census, that of 1911, when she was fifty. 1 Still, we … Continue reading Imagining Genealogy Fairly

Not My Ancestor: Maybe Yours?

This column will be continuously updated as time permits, but is not for my usual blog readers. It is just data; no story.  Leads we chase in research often result in dead-end, as far as our own needs are concerned. The path is sometimes convoluted by data gaps or inconsistencies. A heap of work is … Continue reading Not My Ancestor: Maybe Yours?

Genealogy Imagined From a Deathbed Rant, With an Imposter, On Yonder Sea

  DOUBLE GENEALOGY: The ADOPTION WITNESS. Update 1, Addenda 3-5 RECAP: SCENES FROM CHAPTER SIXTEEN Jane was not related to us. Her own complexities, though, continued to intrigue after the book was written, such that we hunted new detail.  We first met her in 1891, in Renton Dunbartonshire (DNB), as an adult; a widow. We … Continue reading Genealogy Imagined From a Deathbed Rant, With an Imposter, On Yonder Sea

Writing Genealogy: Use Your Ancestor’s Idiom: If From Logging Camps, of West Central Scots, or Otherwise

Scrap bins and scrapbooks. Hmm. Words, like items can be scrapped. Or, they evolve. Heirlooms, they are! Under this blogs’ button “Memories” is a discussion on the subset “From the logging camps.” There, one will find the steamer known as “Princess Maquinna”, the tugboat “Fairbanks”, several Shay steam locomotives, “Steam Donkey”, “Speeder” and logging train … Continue reading Writing Genealogy: Use Your Ancestor’s Idiom: If From Logging Camps, of West Central Scots, or Otherwise

Maquinna: Calling on the Way Stops of Life

The intention here, was to present a particular picture of Princess Maquinna.  After all, she had been referenced in the prior three posts on this part of the blog. This was her time; present her, then to move on to the next page of Pop’s scrapbook. Scrapbook? Well, she was scrapped and is now scrapbooked … Continue reading Maquinna: Calling on the Way Stops of Life

Writing Genealogy: Use the Kitchen Sink

So you have some data – maybe a lot – where your research has turned out to belong to an unrelated person or event. Delete it? Perish the thought!  Time is money, or at least, usable tidbit. If you just want a family tree, a list of names, dates and occupations, this is not for … Continue reading Writing Genealogy: Use the Kitchen Sink

Writing Genealogy: Starting Off

The moment we sit down to begin a genealogical journey, we realize we should have started long ago, actually penning to paper, in real-time, what our dearly departed had vocalized. That is especially true for the faceless; those ancestors, we never met.  What commonly happened was this; Grandfather identified his grandmother by name, and thereafter, … Continue reading Writing Genealogy: Starting Off