Posts Tagged: Books

James S. Morley, An Important Collateral Relative

James S. Morley was not a blood relative, but he was very important to my family’s history. He and his wife, Jennie, raised my Grandma Grace as their adoptive daughter from the time she was orphaned at about age four, hence the somewhat tenuous collateral relationship. James Selby Morley died on the 6 Jun 1900

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The Mystery of Hiram Oliver Dingman

What happened to Hiram Oliver Dingman, my great uncle born in Sandy Creek Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania? Using Ancestry.com (which I used for most the the research described herein), he is easy to track through 1860 when he was 12 years old, living in the household of his father, Nelson Dingman, in Salem Township, Mercer County,

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Brother of Detective Was Named Evert

I just finished reading The Dying Detective, by Swedish crime writer Leif G.W. Persson  (translated by Neil Smith into British English). This novel is a police procedural without much dramatic action–a subset of crime fiction that I actually prefer. The story required 454 pages from start to finish, but I found that it went quickly. It is set

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Book Review: Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com Is a Winner

Nancy Hendrickson is a prolific writer–about genealogical research and a variety of other subjects. I recently learned that she had written a book about using Ancestry.com. Immediately, I was interested and I ordered a copy. As soon as it arrived, I began dipping into it, reading a chapter or part of a chapter at a sitting.

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Eastman Online Genealogy News (EOGN) Is 19

This is a somewhat belated birthday congratulations to Dick Eastman on the 19th birthday of his e-newsletter: Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter (EOGN), which is available at http://blog.eogn.com/. Here is a quote from Dick’s first newsletter published on January 15, 1996: Well, it’s started. This newsletter is something that I have been considering for a long time, but

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Learning About Another Country, South Africa, and its Dutch Origins

I enjoy reading detective novels. And I especially enjoy them when they introduce me to another region, country, or culture. I have just finished reading Cobra, A Novel, written by Deon Meyer. This fast-paced detective novel provides an introduction to modern-day South Africa. The author wrote it  originally in Afrikaans, a language that has evolved from

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The German Research Companion

I have acquired a useful book on genealogical research for my personal library: The German Research Companion, by Shirley J. Reimer, Roger P. Minert, and Jennifer A. Anderson. This third edition, published by Lorelei Press, contains 706 pages, and includes basic and advanced material about doing research on German ancestors both in the United States

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