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At least one of them is. She usually incites the other one.

I'm trying to figure out if there's an actual cycle to this. Maybe they've gotten tired of shopping, tennis, or whatever other interests they pursue in the "off" cycle.

I suspect there is some consternation that there hasn't been a really recent Chapin entry.

Not to worry, dear cousins (and I use that term facetiously)...

There will be an entry (or two) soon. Because it looks like Broshia has gotten some of her story twisted up.

Or maybe she just wrote it down differently in that Bible...
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Baldings, Harrises, and Whartons.

Three emails today. From the blog, and the online family tree and Facebook.


I love it when that happens.
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My 10th cousin and I are pretty jazzed about our Chapin connection.

So now, we've started on her mother's side of the family.

I am quite taken with one of her mother's relatives - her maternal grandmother, Hilda.

In a few short hours, I have come to admire Hilda for several reasons.
We believe Hilda's maiden name was Osterberg.

She was Swedish, born on 17 Jul 1891 in Kristianistad, Skane Co., Sweden. I got that information from her passport application in 1919.

Hilda immigrated to the United States in March 1911, as a 19 year-old girl. I don't know yet if she came with relatives or by herself.

If it's the latter, I am in awe. I cannot imagine doing that myself.

Sometime between March 1911 and the 1920 census, Hilda married William C Griggs, from Plymouth Co., MA. He was 12 years her senior. They had a daughter named Ella Linnea Griggs, whom I suspect was named for both her grandmothers.

William's mother's name was Ella.
On 23 May 1919, Hilda completed a passport application so she could return home to Sweden.

Attached to the back of the application were two letters from her father. One of them made me want to cry.

My Dear Daughter

I will tell you that your aunt is dead. Your uncle & his daughter are in bed so that cannot be at the funeral so that I have to do the work myself as the funeral is going to be at my house. I wish Linea had been [illegible] to help me.

When can I begin to look for you home. I do not want any present only bring home a dollar bill so that I can see how your money looks.

It's that letter that makes me wonder if Ella Linnea Griggs was named for both grandmothers. She was not born until 1923, so Hilda's father could not have been talking about his granddaughter.
Passport applications are rich in information.

I love this photo of Hilda.


Now, I just have to brush up on Swedish naming conventions...
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I started this blog to share - photos, memories, documents, places and people - with other people.

Freely sharing was important to me because of the sharing of information I experienced in the early years of this journey when I asked for information.

On surname message boards. Hard to believe, but I still find posts of my own from 1999 on some of those boards.

Distant cousins found the blog in Google searches. I correspond with several of them still. All the other bloggers were right.

If you build it, they will come.
In the last few months, I've started getting emails that go something like this:
I am making sure that this e-mail doesn't bounce. I am researching a possible family connection in Arkansas. (That's the actual text of a message I found in my inbox this morning.)

I always reply to those, to let them know the email address is still good. Sometimes, there is a distant family connection.

Sometimes, people have seen how Arkansas-intensive my tracks are on the internet, and they just need help with their own trees.

What can I say? I'm a Scorpio, and always intrigued by a mystery.

Even when it doesn't have one of my own surnames on it.
You know how people say that they hope they don't find out they unwittingly married their own cousin?

I've always figured that somewhere downline - closer to my generation - I'd find out someone was a cousin of their spouse.

I decided last week to start looking at my nephews' and niece's families on the *other* sides of their families.

I started with my niece. Her father's surname is Rankin.

Started with her dad and went backward.

After about 3 hours, I sat here grinning like a fool.

Her dad is my 4th cousin, twice removed. The connection starts in 1877, when John James Rankin married Margaret Ann Lemley in Pope County.

Margaret Ann was the daughter of Ephraim Lemley, Jr. and Cynthia Elvira Burris.

So my niece is also my 4th cousin, three times removed.
Of course, I didn't stop with the pedigree.

I'm looking for bits and pieces of information that give the third dimension to the names, dates and places.

Turns out the Rankins (and their allied families) were quite the movers and shakers in Perry County, AR.

And some of its earliest settlers.

The Rankin family will have blog posts of its own.


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