Newspaper stories from the 1830s

Researching old newspapers is fascinating, and the snippets one finds can send you on time-consuming side-trips.

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Love those waving green leaves!

I popped into Ancestry.com and found a new hint, one of those waving green leaves.

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Murphy family bliss, revisited

While browsing Ancestry this week, I re-read a newspaper snippet posted on several family trees. “What a great piece of genealogy for the blog,” I said to myself. Well, it turns out I shared this story with readers a couple years ago. With your indulgence, here it is again:

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Warren, Carmack & Associates

Last spring one of my blog postings caught the attention of a well-known genealogist, Jim Warren, who it turns out is my husband’s distant cousin through the Rowans of County Mayo. We’ve been unsuccessful (so far) in determining exactly how Jim’s ancestor, James Rowan, is related to Bill’s great-great-grandfather Michael Rowan.

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Woodmen of the World

Yesterday I arrived a little early for an appointment in Mendota, Minnesota. What would a curious family history researcher do with extra time on a beautiful fall day but take advantage of the opportunity to drive through the Cemetery of the Church of St. Peter?

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Mrs. Murphy Takes a Powder

Whenever I’m looking at old newspaper articles – whether on microfilm or online – my attention is drawn to the unusual, the tragic, the peculiar. I often stop to read articles that have nothing to do with my family; if there is a connection, I ponder the story for a long time.

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Cousin Bait

“Cousin bait” is how genealogists define the practice of luring (distant/unknown) cousins who can share and collaborate about their family trees.

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Tangential Genealogy?

Do you sometimes get caught up in the genealogical mysteries of people who aren’t in your family line? “Off on a tangent,” you might say.

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