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The Lighter Side / Take that, John Kelly
« on: Saturday 12 May 18 00:31 BST (UK)  »
John Kelly gets his nose rubbed in family history .....

The Lighter Side / A great find today
« on: Saturday 05 May 18 01:07 BST (UK)  »
It's a good idea to periodically do a Google search on the names of ancestors.  You never know what you might find that has recently been put online.  Today I typed in Joshua Mitchell, my great great great grandfather and  -  WOW  -  a whole page of photos of the Mitchell farm at Oak Hill, Litchfield, Maine and numerous Mitchell descendants!  [alas, many of the photos have broken links].   Joshua Mitchell built the house starting in 1816 [it's still standing] and my great great grandmother was born there in that same year.  The farm passed to her youngest brother, George Mitchell and, I believe, still belongs to a Mitchell descendant.

This is Joshua:

"Investigators tracked down the 72-year-old former police officer and retired mechanic by comparing DNA collected at numerous crime scenes to information submitted to an online genealogical service, Sacramento County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Grippi told the Sacramento Bee and the New York Times on Thursday. While the details of how the search unfolded were not immediately clear, Grippi told the news organizations that a genetic profile from one of DeAngelo’s distant relatives led investigators to him."

I wonder if someone could remove the huge scratch from this photo of great aunts Lola and Norma, please.  [I can't provide a better copy; this is all I've got].   Norma was born in August 1886, so the photo was taken in about 1888.  It's the best picture I have of Lola and, although I have other better pictures of Norma, this is my favorite because of her resolute bulldog expression.

United States of America / Orphan trains
« on: Sunday 18 February 18 02:11 GMT (UK)  »
I ran into this interesting short documentary on 'orphan trains' while looking for something else.  There are a few photos and records available on line.

United States of America / Death - Abbie Catherine Childs
« on: Saturday 27 January 18 19:59 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone find an obituary or death record corresponding to this person whose burial is recorded at Find-A-Grave?

Abbie Catherine Childs
Birth unknown
Death 8 Mar 1957
Burial Riverside Cemetery Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 145246798

United States of America / What became of Virginia Childs?
« on: Sunday 21 January 18 21:51 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for Virginia Childs, born 23 December, 1916 in Los Angeles.  Her parents were Eli Alexander Childs and Abigail [Abbie] Catherine Fox.  She can be found with her mother in Los Angeles in 1920 and 1930 but there is no sign of her thereafter - no marriage, no death.

The Common Room / Name changes
« on: Sunday 24 December 17 17:30 GMT (UK)  »
What do people generally do about recording surname changes in a family tree - stick to the original birth surname or record the person under the new surname?

I have an individual who changed his surname from Rosewarne to Rosewaine.  This happened in about 1925 to 30ish when he was about 25 years old.  I don't know if the change was made in court but he lived out the rest of his life and was buried under the new name.  His daughter was born with the amended name.  As far as I can tell, no other member of his family made such a change; the rest all stuck with Rosewarne.

US Completed Requests / Death of Elizabeth Mvusi [completed]
« on: Saturday 23 December 17 16:00 GMT (UK)  »
I'd appreciate a death lookup in the "Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad" for Elizabeth Baccouche Mvusi who died in Zambia in 1973.

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