Linda on December 26th, 2009

The gift I received for Christmas for genealogical purposes is a copy of  Fashionable Folks Hairstyles 1840-1900 by Maureen Alice Taylor. I found Maureen’s earlier book, Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs, very helpful–and I expect this one will be, too.

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Linda on December 25th, 2009

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. May you be enjoying a wonderful day! (Image courtesy of

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Linda on December 17th, 2009

There are several notable December dates in my family, including birthdays, an engagement, and deaths. Time permitting, I’ll try to get all of them posted this month. This December 17, my dad, Kenneth Bly, would have been 90 years old. Dad was a Missouri native, born in Kansas City and a graduate of the Missouri […]

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Linda on December 15th, 2009

I’m rapidly running out of tombstone photos, but I remembered this one in an album of my husband’s mother. It is the tombstone of her grandmother, Berit (Bertha) Anania Jensen Nelson. Berit was the daughter of  Erik Jensen and Gjertrud Gulliksdatter, both born in Valdres, Oppland, Norway. Berit was born in Manitwoc County, Wisconsin. Berit […]

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Linda on December 9th, 2009

Bedford, Indiana Abt. 1960

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Linda on December 8th, 2009

Today’s content is a bit of a departure from my usual Tuesday fare in that I’m posting information on two unrelated topics. The first I thought was important enough to post a link to it: 10 Must Read Copyright Articles for Photographers I was drawn to these textures when they were posted today. It may […]

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Linda on December 5th, 2009

2009 Gingerbread House Decorating The little grands all did a wonderful job of creating their houses this year. They certainly have different approaches and decorating styles–the girls were very meticulous in the placement of their candies, while the boy-o found that flinging them at the frosted roof worked quite well. Everybody got sticky and gooey, […]

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Linda on December 3rd, 2009

I don’t know whether this stein came from Germany-Poland or not. It was last in the possession of my great aunt, so at one time it belonged to her parents and grandparents who immigrated to the US in the 1880s.  But these ancestors were also in the saloon business in Detroit before and after prohibition. […]

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Linda on December 2nd, 2009

Unknown photo from Missouri. Marked Annie, Oscar, & Frankie on the back.

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Linda on December 1st, 2009

My husband’s Norwegian roots include his gg-grandfather, Erik Jensen, from Østre Slidre, Oppland County, Norway.  The tombstone shown is that of Erik’s half-brother, Syver, and his wife, Randi Evensdatter. Both men immigrated together to the United States in 1854 and settled in or near Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Syver and Randi are buried at Gjerpen cemetery […]

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