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J. G Remijnse: Professor and Doctor

For all of you who predicted I would go off on a tangent, you get gold stars. Here is my first tangent of 2020.

I was asked by someone who works for the City of Portage to search for some photos in my Remine (Remijnse in the Netherlands) collection. 1,894 more words


Peter Lang

Brickwall ancestors: We all have them—those predecessors who seem to appear out of nowhere, whose past we cannot trace, whose parents we cannot identify.

Today, I will present one of my dead-end ancestors and provide what little information that I have on him. 363 more words


The Things You Can't Learn from Genealogy Records Alone: Milton Goldsmith’s Family Album, Part XVIII

A few years after Milton Goldsmith’s mother died in 1874, his father Abraham remarried, as I have written about here. With his second wife Frances Spanier, Abraham had four more children, Milton’s half-siblings. 790 more words


Frank Labelle freed - Cuddy robbery, Montreal, 1897

Montreal Gazette, 16 November 1897

To regain his freedom

Frank Labelle, it is alleged, will be liberated from the penitentiary

At nine o’clock this morning, it is stated, the gates of St Vincent de Paul Penitentiary will open to enable Frank Labelle, the well known former Bleury street saloonkeeper, to regain his liberty.  314 more words


Why Family History is Like A Box of Chocolates

It’s the end of January and I’m still eating my way through my Christmas chocolates. As I do so I can’t help but compare them with my family history research. 373 more words

Family History

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Close to Home

It is week four in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge. This week’s prompt is titled Close to Home.

It seems fortuitous that the ancestor about whom I was already writing today, William Monroe Lewis, fits perfectly into this category: He rarely strayed from his Centre County, Pennsylvania home, except when he fought in the Mexican-American War and when he visited his adult children. 1,444 more words


Incomplete genealogy of a poem

What are little poems made of?

Lines and spells

drawn from flowing ink wells,

Nibbles and bites

of stanzas dreamed at night,

Hearts and souls, 18 more words