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Archive for January, 2016

The Kindness of Strangers’ Pension Files

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

I’ve been researching Robert. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. In his pension application he made many statements. He listed his units and the surnames of those units’ commanding officers. It was very good information. I learned where his units gathered, the paths they took on the march and the name of the […]

The Records are Confused

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

There is an interesting phrase one runs into in genealogy. It is “the records are confused.” When I first started out in genealogy, back when I was a kid, I thought that was a very strange phrase. It seemed to imply that those records sat around after the courthouse closed scratching their headings and not […]

The Twenty Days of Christmas

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

When I lived in Sweden I learned a tradition about the end of the Christmas season. Translated it goes something like this- Twentieth day Knut, Christmas is out. There are different variations on the saying, but they are all short and rhyme. Since I love calendars and the strange effects they can have on genealogy, […]