Category Archives: Shaw family

Inconsistencies

You don’t have to do genealogy very long before you run into one of the genealogist’s greatest bugaboos–an inconsistency. Records from the distant past are notorious for being wrong.  People made mistakes as they recorded a name or a date … Continue reading

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Friends and Neighbors

Every street has a multitude of stories.  As you drive through old neighborhoods you can feel the history, the countless moments that have occurred in the homes that line the streets.  Many of these stories are long forgotten, but some … Continue reading

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A startling coincidence or something else?

For many years I have wondered what happened to my 3rd great grandfather’s missing son.  I could track his three daughters and two of his sons, but I could never figure out where the third son went.  The paper trail … Continue reading

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Death by Downturn

Economic downturns don’t necessarily cause an increase in the mortality rate.  In fact, depressions and recessions tend to increase the overall health of the general population. This seems counter-intuitive to me. My great grandfather, Edward H. Harris, Sr., died on … Continue reading

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Kiss Me, I’m Irish?

‘Tis the month for celebrating being Irish.  Saint Patrick’s Day, Green Beer, Shamrocks and the Dublin Irish Festival (Dublin, Ohio, that is).  Until I went to Notre Dame for my undergraduate studies, Saint Patrick’s Day never meant much to me.  … Continue reading

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Underground

Finding information about your ancestors can be challenging.  Record-keeping was hit-and-miss in the past.  Even if births, deaths and marriages were recorded, sometimes the records got lost or burned up in fires or eaten by mice.  Getting beyond the records … Continue reading

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A Father’s Concern for his Daughter

In the somewhat shaky handwriting of a 72-year-old man, he signed the letter “[I] remain thy affectionate father, Jonathan Wright.” The letter, written December 12, 1820, was an expression of love and concern.  Jonathan had recently learned that his son-in-law, … Continue reading

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