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Old 07-09-2013, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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I recently found a relative who gave me the name of one of my earlier matriarchs. He is an older gentleman and has mailed me the family tree. I cannot wait to get it.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:40 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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The smaller the newspaper the more they are trying to fill space and they have a closer bond with their readers.

If most of your family are city slickers like mine, some obits can be brief. At least they can help though. Not just with the text, but also in the late 1800s and early 1900 obits I've found for family some have an instruction to other cities' newspapers to copy the obit. That can let you know where else there are family connections. I had an ancestor whose obit said "Copy Chicago." I didn't know her family had any connection to CHI and still haven't found it. At least I know to look there now.
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:59 PM
 
Location: somewhere in the Kona coffee fields
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The original 1920 postcard from northern Australia to Germany by a distant relative who migrated there to dig for gold. He asked for help because he was out of money and food. The mail took 6 months to arrive, at which point my German grandparents had decided that A) They didn't have money and barely enough food for themselves. B) It would be too late now anyways.
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:08 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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Very interesting thread.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:35 AM
 
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I found that my ancestors who came here to the US from Leicestershire, England in 1852, had twin baby girls in the summer of 1842, who died. One was born about 9 days before the other. The first one died after birth, and was buried on the same day her younger twin sister was born or baptized. Then the second one died several months later.
It really hit me, as my sister has twin girls who are now 5, and I couldn't imagine going through this today.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:23 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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It is amazing and humbling to learn the grief and other challenges people went through, sometimes for things we almost take for granted these days. I was thinking about this the other day when reading of someone dying of what would be considered a trivial infection these days. We have no idea how many times our lives may have been saved by an antibiotic or a vaccine, or just clean water.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:08 AM
 
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It also made me think of the fact that today we expect people to be completely traumatized by the terrible things that happen in life, when in reality, most human beings have a great capacity for resilience.

Back in the 1800s, babies died all the time. It was sad, but people moved on. Today if baby twins died, the parents would both have to get intensive mental health treatment, including meds, they might even end up being unable to work, going on disability, they'd have to go to 3 different support groups, and they'd be the beneficiaries of fundraisers--both online and "beef & beer" events. They would end up alcoholics, addicted to Rx drugs, and divorced. (yes I'm exaggerating, but not by much)
Our ancestors would probably be disgusted with us.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:03 PM
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True. We've become "too precious."
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:07 PM
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Yesterday evening I made sort of a deductive discovery while unraveling some New Hampshire ancestors. For many years I thought this lineage was Stephen 1 < Stephen 2 < Thomas. Yesterday I discovered it is actually Stephen 1 < Thomas. Stephen 2 is not a direct ancestor. I'd had this wrong a long time but it took until now to nail down some dates and other details. So I didn't add anything, but now the information is more accurate.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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True. We've become "too precious."
Don't get me started on this - my pet peeve is all those "expectant mother" or "family with small children" reserved parking spaces at the food store. Our ancestors barely stopped their sometimes back-breaking work to give birth, they were often on their feet all day up to the day they went into labor, but today's mothers can't walk an extra 50 feet across a parking lot.
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