Sep 16

Research Update: The “Rundle” – “Brice” Mystery Solved

When I began doing research on my Rundle line, I quickly noticed that many Rundle families had at least one child with the first or middle name of “Brice”.  The name “Hugh Brice” was very common. My 3x Great Grandfather was named “Hugh Brice Rundle”. It made some of my research easier than most.  For …

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Jul 14

Rundle Connection: Mare / Mares Family of Berry Down and Manitoba

  I’m in the process of going over all of my Rundle family info and filling in blank spaces. Many times these “blank spots” are for females, since unless you know for sure who they married, they are more difficult to pin down. In this case, I did have Rebecca Rundle’s husband’s name, but I …

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Jun 12

The Value in Checking Your Work: A Tale of Two Captains

I am going through the tedious process of going over past research and double checking my data. It’s not as “fun” as initial research since you are not usually finding “new” info, however, I have found over the past that it is necessary. I have almost always found errors in my original work.. some big, …

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May 13

A Surprise Connection to Frederick Law Olmsted

Bill and I are season pass holders for the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. We love seeing the estate in different seasons and have always appreciated the wonderful grounds that were laid out by landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. Bill had a special interest in Olmsted since he had read a book about the …

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Jul 05

Proving “Assumptions” – Sometimes the Most Difficult Part of Research

I am still in the process of tying up loose ends and breaking down brick walls as I finish up a book on one of my families. Yesterday I was able to prove an assumption about a certain couple through the use of various sources. I get frustrated with what I call “lazy genealogists” who …

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Jun 19

Kift / Kiff Corrections: A Tale of Two Williams and Why NOT to Make Assumptions

As many of you know, I’m deep in to double checking all of my Kieft ( Kift, Kiff, Kiffte et al ) research before putting together a family history book. During this process I’m finding some new info and resources that were not available the first time I did the bulk of my research on …

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Jun 09

New Discoveries: Joanna Crocombe Kift and Richard German

I am working on tying up the loose ends on my Kieft family research in order to put a book together. In doing so, I have found some new information that was not available when I first started looking in to this family. I decided to share the new family connections that I’ve found. Photo …

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