The Journey Begins

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This journey is dedicated to our ancestors. It passes through this blog of three components. The first invites reader questions on persons or families covered in the book, or on the conduct of its research and conclusions reached. The book, “Double Genealogy: the Adoption Witness” is featured under the "Home" tab. It is a true … Continue reading The Journey Begins

The Adoption Witness: What Did Sandra Merry Really Say About Granddad?

Reader pick: on old Scottish friends of Lanarkshire; James Dickson (1882-1969) and James Merry (1882-1970) - or - on an emigrant's farewell at the docks of Glasgow - or - who was Sandra Merry. Sandra Merry was the daughter of Granddad’s old Scottish friend, James Merry. When touring Scotland with Granddad in the 1960s, we … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: What Did Sandra Merry Really Say About Granddad?

Not My Ancestor, Maybe Yours? William Cairns of Lanarkshire, Kentucky and Illinois

Awareness of William Cairns (1815-1898, or so) started with John Kelly. William was Scotland-born and had emigrated to the US. The much younger Mr. Kelly, on the other hand, was born in the US around 1859, but left some few of his own particulars on a Lanarkshire census sheet in 1881. It counted him a … Continue reading Not My Ancestor, Maybe Yours? William Cairns of Lanarkshire, Kentucky and Illinois

Memoirs of Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967): The Old Man’s Needlepoint

DEAR SISTER, MARIE OLSDATTER HEMMINGSEN (1880-1899) Sometimes a story is held back because it seems factually unfinished, say, a resting place is still unknown. Perhaps it seems too lean; the person demised young, had no children and no career. All along, a rich tale was already told, to be absorbed and told anew. Our dear … Continue reading Memoirs of Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967): The Old Man’s Needlepoint

Memoirs of Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967): His Postcard – 1911

PREVIEW We have told the story of Matt's years around 1911 twice: once as he made innovations in West Coast logging and again through an oil painting on maple burl that depicted his unique logging operation. This recently received postcard tells his 1911 tale through a deeply personal lens. PREVIOUSLY Past posts took Matt Hemmingsen … Continue reading Memoirs of Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967): His Postcard – 1911

The Adoption Witness: John Kelly – With Planted Bonar Evidence?

Great grandsire made himself rare: An American ploughman in Lanarkshire; John Kelly, born in 1859. That was the early 1880s and practically his claim to fame. Still, it told not a whit about the man. Nor was he about to be explained, what reporting as a farm servant, without a bone of family around to … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: John Kelly – With Planted Bonar Evidence?

Adoption Witness: John Kelly of Portland, Multnomah, OR: To Whom Do You Belong?

John Kelly was born in the US in 1860 and had a Scottish mother, or so he said in Portland OR, 1900.1 Antennas up; maybe he was our direct biological ancestor. Then he dimmed his chances in 1920 by alleging himself two years younger, of an Irish mother. We wanted him ours and would get … Continue reading Adoption Witness: John Kelly of Portland, Multnomah, OR: To Whom Do You Belong?

Liberation Day: Tobias Skog WW II Saboteur Kompani Linge; Uredd 1943.

My grandparents, Johan and Johanna Skog, were laid to rest without knowing the place or date of their son's death. My mother, Anne, laid down flowers …Torill Vang Amdam, niece of Tobias Skog 10 Feb 1943: Fenrik (Second Lieutenant) Tobias Skog was second in command to a group of six saboteurs from the Kompani Linge … Continue reading Liberation Day: Tobias Skog WW II Saboteur Kompani Linge; Uredd 1943.

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: So was Agnes Alexander at the wedding?

The wedding was that of Matt Hemmingsen to the best girl in the world; Margaret Alexander.1 It had taken place in the beautiful Comox Valley on 2 June 1910.  It was that same quiet affair which had earlier prompted the question “was Ed Hemmingsen at the wedding?”2 We thought not, but being able to actually qualify … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: So was Agnes Alexander at the wedding?

Janet Gray Dickson, born McArthur (1894-1960) – A Qualicum Cabin On Sand Dollars.

Nana was past middle age in our recall; matronly, with soft-spoken Scottish presentation. She was no softie. We grandbrats often judged her a nudge, yet sought her respect. This ordinary dear left quite the bold imprint upon us. She would have been that plain lass with pleasantly rounded features, a nice little nose, and a … Continue reading Janet Gray Dickson, born McArthur (1894-1960) – A Qualicum Cabin On Sand Dollars.

The Adoption Witness: The Poughkeepsie John and Mistresses Mary, Quite Contrary.

John and Mary Kelly kept home in Poughkeepsie, NY in 1900.1a He was native there, late 1850s, of Irish immigrants while she had arrived about 1888. They were married six years by then.1b It became apparent that she was Mary Devlin, born in the late 1860s, of Irish folks in Scotland. Mary Devlin 20 Oct … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: The Poughkeepsie John and Mistresses Mary, Quite Contrary.