Genealogy Category

Locating the Actual place Your Ancestors Lived: Sheldon Land Records in Early Kingstown Rhode Island

Where John SHELDON of Newport and later Kingstown Rhode Island lived has been a bit of a puzzle that we have worked on over the past couple of years. After a recent visit to the Town Hall for South Kingstown located in Wakefield Rhode Island. [And if that isn’t confusing enough the property is now […]

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Music & Dressmaking, Singing as I Sew: A Soprano’s Aria Chapter 30

Sat Feb 1 – Nothing particular to chronicle Sun “ 2 – Mrs Miller Essie & Herbie came over to look at a house and call on us. Lolita and Charlie also came had a very pleasant time. Mon “ 3 – Eilenes birthday J [Jessie] & I were almost ready to go to town […]

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How to be a “You Cannot Fail” Genealogist

Confession Time. Everything in my life is a combination of trial and error, and that includes Genealogy. I started writing the past year of Blog posts by accident. It was in response to a blog post, by my now friend, Paul Chiddicks, in his article The Top 10 Sins of a Genealogist. So now after […]

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2022 Genealogy New Year: The Anti-Resolution Resolution

It must be my contrarian nature, as I am not one to make promises  I won’t keep. I get things done but not usually in a systematic, “finish this before starting that” fashion. Remember I am a firm believer in gophering. And gophering is all about going for one thing and ended up somewhere else. […]

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I Love You California: A Soprano’s Aria Chapter 29

[Published January 1 2022 103 years later. Back then it was the Spanish Flu, now it is Covid-19 Omicron] Jan 1 1919 Wed – This ought to prove an easy date to write just two 19’s. Jessie is about well now. We put out the wash I did yesterday and cleaned house sorting magazines for […]

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The Tea Kettle Sings Merrily. All is Calm. All is Bright.: A Soprano’s Aria Chapter 28

Nov 29 – J. did not go to work so we washed the laundry and went down to Oakland. I could not get Milos Christmas box there so we did a little shopping and came home. J. went to S. F., Found Eilene sick in bed. Got Milos sox that Mrs Johanna Wahl knit for […]

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Christmas Expectations

A fellow blogger Genea- musings asked: What are your most vivid memories of Christmas times past?  The expectations would begin right after Thanksgiving with my Mother’s long Christmas gift list. Then every Christmas Eve starting around 2 in the afternoon we would load up the car with Christmas packages for friends of my parents and […]

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One Thing Leads to Another: Our Ira ALLEN not “the” Ira ALLEN

While I was writing my post Ice Cream Melons & Foxes [ now many months ago] I was surprised to find several mentions of Daniel COATS’ father-in-law Ira ALLEN in the  History of De Kalb County, Indiana 1885. So I parked that with the thought—okay that needs exploring, so here I am staring at the […]

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Spanish Flu which is Epidemic: A Soprano’s Aria Chapter 27

Tue Oct 1 – Thinking over music of pageant. Home at Jessies. Usual Housework at Jessies in Sleepy old Berkeley. Wed 2 – Usual Wed morning meeting of the Wed Morning club. I enjoy these immensely. We are working on some lovely music. Thu – Fri – Sat – Just the same old round. No […]

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Who Should Own Historical Documents?

My Genealogy cousin and I briefly discussed this question during a weekly Zoom we have for SHELDON Genealogy. Both of us have purchased old documents on Ebay. Apparently there has been a market for British Documents in America for quite some time as one American seller was auctioning off their grandmother’s collection and several had […]

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