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Who Should Own Historical Documents?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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Paleography for Genealogists Part 2: Transcription of a Warwickshire Deed from 1675

The 17th century document arrived quickly and I have to say it is much easier working off the two originals! That said this has been a very challenging endeavor but I have greatly improved my deciphering skills. Feels as if anything in English is now a piece of cake. So for those of you who […]

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Paleography for Genealogists: Working with 17th Century Documents in Latin

Sometimes I just can’t help myself. I see the hole and I just want to see what is inside. If you haven’t already noticed my current preoccupation is with Warwickshire, England and I recently posted about a document I had purchased—a reasonable early 18th Century document in English. But my latest purchase has not even […]

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More Gophering for SHELDON Origin Clues: The Technique works for any Surname

In our search for the origins of Isaac SHELDON of Windsor, Connecticut and John SHELDON on Kingstown, Rhode Island As I wrote previously we gophered deep down on the early settlers of Windsor Connecticut who came with Rev Ephraim HUIT / HEWITT in our gopher networking (from my earlier post). Please note the HUIT or […]

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How a Historical Novel Inspired my Genealogy Research: In Praise of Gopher Holes

In my blog post “They Aren’t Rabbit Holes they are Genealogy Networks” I wrote about my deep dive back into 15th and 16th Century documents while trying to locate the origins of 17th Century English immigrants to America. This is the another part of the story. It all started when Dale and I were planning […]

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They Aren’t Genealogy Rabbit Holes they are Gopher Networks

We’ve had it wrong. Genealogists who go off on tangents who hop from this to that chasing rabbits back to their dens, we have the wrong metaphor. I have both hares and gophers in my backyard so I am surprised I did not figure this out earlier. But here goes…you know the drill you are […]

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