The Journey Begins

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

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.

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

Memories: MoPops’ Last Christmas Tree

We siblings spent our early lives in and out of logging camps. Even on becoming urban dwellers, our Christmas tree commanded a very wide berth and tall ceiling. It began in 1939 at our parents' first Christmas, with their first child expected early the coming spring. Here is our Mum, standing on a railroad car … Continue reading Memories: MoPops’ Last Christmas Tree

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: A Trip To The Dairy Farm.

We were trying to define US-born John Kelly, that 22-year old mystery man who plowed the fields of Woodhall Cottage Farm in Holytown, Lanarkshire. The year was 1881. Dairyman, Andrew Barrie, and his wife, Agnes Shearer, Scots both, worked that same farm.1a We wondered, if by chance, they could explain John's visit to the land … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: A Trip To The Dairy Farm.

The Adoption Witness: Escalating Those Carstairs.

Double Genealogy: The Adoption Witness Update 7 Addendum 11* We just got word that John Kelly's son, Robert, died in Wayne County, Michigan.1 We had ruled John out as an ancestor, but this news reopens the case. Recall: John, born 1834, in Carstairs, was coal mining out of Legbrannock in 1851.2 We hoped to prove … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: Escalating Those Carstairs.

The Adoption Witness: Rare Postcard to Skog-Vefsn; Revealing What?

This is sixth in a series on Edward Hemmingsen and his wife Anna Tobiassen, or Thompson. See Notes and Source, for details. Sisters! Here is an undated photo-postcard of Johanna Karoline Tobiassen in Minneapolis, with two unnamed Swedish companions. She sent it inside an envelope to some Skog-Vefsn folk such that it is unaddressed and … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: Rare Postcard to Skog-Vefsn; Revealing What?

Second half-cousins Hemmingsen and Hemmingson meet on Hemmingson Road.

So honored and grateful to return from a great vacation, aka heritage meeting, with a splendid carved gift in hand. It shall ever remind of three prevalent and memorable sounds of Wabana Lake's Birch Bay Resort: the call of the loon, quiet - except for the russle of birch leaves and the song of the … Continue reading Second half-cousins Hemmingsen and Hemmingson meet on Hemmingson Road.