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Tuberculosis: Romance vs Reality

Romantic

As a genealogist, I’ve poured over death records and sometimes they really get to me. I hate to see a family lose all of their children in infancy, or an entire family get wiped out due to illness. With that in mind, I couldn’t help but think of the members of my family who died …

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Richard Burnham – “Blown up at school house”

richard burnham headstone

I guess everyone has “Burnhams” on their mind lately. Just now the Historic Hartford Facebook Page just randomly posted a photo of this headstone (click photo to enlarge) for the Richard Burnham, son of Elijah and Sarah Olmstead Burnham. Epitaph reads ” In memory of Mr. Richard Bernham, killed By ye Bloing up of ye …

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A Surprise Connection to Frederick Law Olmsted

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

Jane Kiff Assault

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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