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The Lost Art of Letter Writing

By Anthony Ray

Packed away on a storage shelf in my bedroom sit three boxes which contain nearly five hundred letters, spanning a timeframe of over 150 years’ worth of communications. 1,196 more words


He was not insane, 1896

Ottawa Daily Citizen, 1 Jan 1896, page 1
He was not insane
Mr JP Cuddy’s release from the asylum ordered
Had been confined at Longue Pointe since Sept 11 as a Dangerous Lunatic.  465 more words


Berthold Goldschmidt Revisited: His Second Family

A year and a half ago I wrote about the tragic life of my cousin Berthold Goldschmidt, who outlived not only his wife Mathilde Freudenstein but six of their seven children. 2,907 more words


Holborow in America 1: New York, New York

I thought it only fair to officially start my next set of geographically-themed Holborow posts by looking at Holborows who have emigrated to America and their families. 1,138 more words


petticoat pioneer

Charlotte Haines (1773-1851) was only ten years old when the breakaway 13 colonies won the War of Independence in April 1783. Those residing in the new United States of America, who had remained loyal to the British Crown, were persecuted and forced out of their homes and their belongings seized. 1,620 more words


Doing God's Work: The Monks

It is week 25 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge. This week’s writing prompt is Unexpected. Unexpected? The one thing I have learned in more than two decades of genealogical research is to expect the unexpected. 593 more words