Category: Research

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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Old Letters Give You Glimpse in to Ancestors’ Day to Day Lives

As a genealogist, I’ve read official record after official record. You can, of course, glean a myriad of information from baptism records, marriage records, census records etc. You can make assumptions about what an ancestor’s life was like based on where they lived, what their occupation was, how much schooling they had etc, but nothing …

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Update on Wrynn/Rynn/Rinn Family of Leitrim, Ireland and New Haven, CT

marriage record

I hadn’t worked on this family for quite awhile, but I recently realized that there were parish registers from the parish they were from in Leitrim on a film that I have on permanent loan at the LDS FHC here. So today I decided to look at the records and see what I could find. …

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Old Newspapers and Black Sheep Make For Interesting Research

When doing genealogy research a lot of it is painstakingly BORING. You spend hours pouring over records and searching for some new bit of information. However, the one part of genealogy research that I find interesting is reading old newspaper stories. It’s always amazed me that in the 1880’s the papers would report the smallest …

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