52 Weeks: #2 Carl Oskar Anderson


“Masked Men Rob Passenger Train, near Erie., Pa., Friday Night – Mail Clerk Dying, Conductor Hurt.”   So read the front page of the Sandusky Register on Saturday, July 1st, 1911.1Associated Press. 1911. Masked Men Rob Passenger Train near Erie, Pa., Friday night- mail clerk dying, conductor hurt. Sandusky Register….

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52 Weeks: #1 John Bruein


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks This is the initial post of a series of fifty-two encouraged by Amy Johnson Crow’s inspirational program of 52 ancestors in 52 weeks. I know… I’m late to the party. Everyone else is working on week 46. Hey, better late than never. I’ve been focusing…

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University of Strathclyde – fall archive tours


My office today is terminal five at JFK airport in New York. I am on a somewhat lengthy layover on my way to Glasgow, Scotland. Next week I have two wonderful days full of tours and lectures in Edinburgh and Glasgow. This is in conjunction with my post-graduate course in…

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Sensitive information and the professional genealogist


As many of us have discovered delving into our family research, families and in particular the individuals that make up that ancestral past, have histories or even the proverbial skeleton hidden in the closet. Investigating for our own knowledge affords us space to digest information uncovered of a sensitive nature….

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The Polish Poppy Who Became an English Rose: Soviet Enemy

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(For the previous instalment of this multipart series click here) Soviet Invasion On the 1st of September 1939 Germany invaded Poland from the West, and sixteen days later the Soviet Union did the same from the East. Their secret pact to shred Poland from existence commencing and leaving the Poles unable…

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