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The Common Room / Re: Disabled people - Airbrushed out?
« on: Yesterday at 04:47 »
I'm just guessing, but I expect that our disabled ancestors [at least the ones in small villages] were not airbrushed out of life in their communities.  I base that on years spent in a small third world village [pop. 550] whose population included people with just about every kind of mental and physical disability  -  blind, deaf, crippled, insane, etc.  They were not totally marginalized; they fit in as best they could and their limitations were simply acknowledged and accepted.  To the extent possible, a place was made for them in village life.  I only ever knew of one individual who was hidden away and shunned  -  a young boy with a hideous skin disease that was thought to be caused by witchcraft.  [Eventually, we were able to arrange for him to be treated in the territorial capital and to convince the family to do so.  He went out with his father and came back two or three months later 100% cured].

The Common Room / Re: Disabled people - Airbrushed out?
« on: Saturday 21 April 18 23:35 BST (UK)  »
Mostly, one doesn't know but I have a few who were institutionalized, one deaf and several crippled, including my gg-grandfather who was severely injured in a farming accident and got around on crutches for the last ~25 years of his life.  I certainly don't leave him out of my tree.

As I said, if you take a bloodline approach to things.  I just happen to think that people are more than their genes.

An ancestor  is a parent , a grandparent, great-grandparent, great-great-grandparent, and so strictly speaking the brother of an ancestor

True enough if you take the animal husbandry bloodline approach to family history.  On the other hand, an uncle or a step parent or even a more distant relative or an in-law might be a very key individual in the financial, professional, emotional or intellectual trajectory of a family.  I consider all of them to be ancestors who had their input, however minor.

United States of America / Re: Albert Snowdon - Ireland to NY c. 1902
« on: Wednesday 18 April 18 00:27 BST (UK)  »
Oh, well, I don't have FindMyPast.  So it goes.

United States of America / Re: Albert Snowdon - Ireland to NY c. 1902
« on: Wednesday 18 April 18 00:12 BST (UK)  »
What image is that?

United States of America / Re: Albert Snowdon - Ireland to NY c. 1902
« on: Tuesday 17 April 18 22:38 BST (UK)  »
No luck so far finding his original entry to the United States but here's an arrival at Boston in 1910 that could be him.  Maybe he had made a trip home for a visit.

United States of America / Re: Birth records Rutland County Vermont
« on: Tuesday 17 April 18 14:13 BST (UK)  »
Maybe you can get some advice here:

Durham / Re: oysters and scallops
« on: Saturday 14 April 18 19:19 BST (UK)  »
Ostrea edulis distribution map, 1883.

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