Category Archives: Genealogy

daniel leeds: way-back great-grampa the almanac-maker

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks, 2018 Edition:  Week 48 (November 26-December 2).  Prompt, “Next to Last.” Born in the next-to-last month of the year, an ancestor the writer in me finds fascinating:  the almanac-maker & writer, Daniel Leeds… ____________ Daniel … Continue reading

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my quaker cousin rev. william leeds: was a pirate?!?

Okay, wait a minute here… My quite exemplary 1st cousin (9x removed), an upstanding member of the colonial New England community, who generously willed that, upon his death — “after decease of wife and brother Daniel” — all of his considerable … Continue reading

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leeds: rhoda ann (rudy) leeds, daughter of james leeds & rody bayard

LEEDS is one of my “favorite” family lines from a research perspective, home as it is to:  • The legendary Jersey Devil [see my January, 2018 post, “starting your family history research“]; and, • Daniel LEEDS, my immigrant ancestor in … Continue reading

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saints of july: way-back great-grandpa canute the holy, king of denmark

Among saints who celebrate a feast day in the month of July is my roughly 26th great-grandfather1, King of Denmark Canute IV of Denmark (born circa 1040–murdered July 10, 1086, as he knelt in front of the altar of Saint Alban’s Church in … Continue reading

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Norwegian Names – Naming Patterns in Norway

Originally posted on Genealogical research in Norway:
To keep things simple this is the basic structure of naming traditions in Norway. The Norwegian name consists of three parts: Given name Patronym (The use of a component of a personal name which…

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what does a blogger do without a computer: oh my…

What does a blogger do without a computer?  Cease blogging while she makes up for her blogging silence with a major step-up in her Facebook posts; a virtual love affair with Instagram; and, non-stop talking to all who come in contact with … Continue reading

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the first house i lived in: the old homestead…

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks, 2018; week 13 prompt:  The Old Homestead. ___ Six-fifty-one Knickerbocker Street.  The old homestead.  Sigh.  The first place in which I have recollections of being.  In my mind it’s a grand place, that grandness only slightly diminished … Continue reading

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remembering annie etter: april, sexual assault awareness month

“MURDER IN READING  Annie ETTER, a fifteen-year-old girl of Reading was found on Sunday morning bruised and bleeding in a wood shed.  She was found in an unconscious condition and was removed to a hospital where she died on Sunday.  George … Continue reading

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“my imprisonment in bern was one year, seven months and seven days:” rev. benedictus brackbill, jr.

“On January 12th, 1709, the Government of Bern sent seven soldiers, with an usher, early in the morning to my house.  It frightened us so that my wife and I tried to hide.  I hid myself under a hay-stack.  They searched … Continue reading

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where there’s a will: unearthing my swiss mennonite heritage

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks, 2018; week 9 prompt:  Where There’s a Will. ___ Where There’s a Will:  Genealogy research piques my interest in history like nothing else:  it provides me the will to literally pore through the most otherwise … Continue reading

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