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

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.

The Adoption Witness: Those Peripatetic Skog-Vefsn Folk At Lake Cowichan

Our story has been about Anna, wife of great uncle Ed Hemmingsen and their adopted daughter, Betty, aka Baroness of Skog-Vefsn, who was also Anna’s great niece. They were Norwegians living at Lake Cowichan, B.C. mid-1920. Descendant Skog-folk from Vefsn sought an even broader emigrant accounting to include Anna’s brothers, Edvin and Theodur, plus Betty’s … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: Those Peripatetic Skog-Vefsn Folk At Lake Cowichan

The Adoption Witness: Tales From Skog-Vefsn Before Lake Cowichan

Our last post on the Baroness of Skog-Vefsn got the attention of descendant folk in Norway. She was the daughter of great uncle Ed Hemmingsen, and his wife, Anna, who lived at Lake Cowichan, B.C. Circumstances led us to opine that she, Dorothea Elizabeth (Betty) was both adopted by, and great-niece, to Anna. Could that … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: Tales From Skog-Vefsn Before Lake Cowichan

Plagiarism: Downright Theft.

Dear Readers: I read well researched articles at Insightful Geopolitics by Sandomina, such as “2025 End Game – Xi’s China Mirroring Nazi Germany” which is part of an excellent series. He is being plagairized on YouTube. After reading his article (first URL) please slide over to the next, and come to his rescue. https://insightful.co.in/2020/06/21/2025-end-game-xis-china-mirroring-nazi-germany/ https://insightful.co.in/2020/08/09/plagiarism/#respondContinue reading Plagiarism: Downright Theft.

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

Our McArthur Clan: Robert (1887-1948) and Thomas (1892-1923); Hidden in Plain Site

UPDATED: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SITE – the BAKERY THIS TIME. Please scroll to UPDATE June 6, 2020 By 1912, all four grandparents had made it to Vancouver Island. Matt Hemmingsen had married Margaret Alexander. We await James Dickson to marry Janet McArthur. Meanwhile, we have been truing their sibling data to that point, shy of … Continue reading Our McArthur Clan: Robert (1887-1948) and Thomas (1892-1923); Hidden in Plain Site

Miss Denham (1879-1978)

Miss Denham belonged in Granny’s kitchen, just as much as Granny herself. Indeed, she held position at our dining table. We imagine her still, its linen laid, pushing the swing door to pass through the butler pantry and emerge in the kitchen. No one hides kitchen from dining anymore. Pity, for the reverse trip brought … Continue reading Miss Denham (1879-1978)

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Convergence 1912; James Dickson (1882-1969)

Our maternal grandfather, James Dickson arrived at Canada's east coast on 6 Feb 1912 bound for the coal mines of Nanaimo B.C. He was a humble hewer of coal who would become the Chief Inspector of Mines for British Columbia. - Nanaimo Harbour and Bastion, Nanaimo, B.C. As he stepped upon his destination, the Udston … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Convergence 1912; James Dickson (1882-1969)