General

Thoughts Inspired by Coronavirus

Today, at the end of March 2020, my home space of Minnesota is under a “stay at home” order. As the case and fatality counts mount, my thoughts have been turning to the impact that past epidemics had on my ancestors. In 1911 scarlet fever killed my great-grandfather William...

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What’s up in 2019?

It’s a new year! I don’t do resolutions, but I have made some private and public commitments. Education I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll be attending any genealogical institutes this year, but I have committed to a two-day DAR Advanced Genealogy Workshop taught by Debbie Duay, Ph.D. in the...

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2018 Roundup

For a variety of reasons, 2018 was not a typical year for me! Education I did not travel as much as I usually do, so I didn’t attend any national conferences or educational institutes. I did, however, take advantage of online opportunities to learn from webinars and conference livestreams...

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A Neifert Christmas

My mother’s parents were Emerson C. Neifert (1899-1990) and Mary Irene Weaver (1898-1967). They lived in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, in the Elwood Apartments, a building built in the early 1900s by my grandmother’s father Edward Elwood Weaver (1870-1929), who was a builder, contractor, and lumber dealer. Edward died when he...

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Organizing is Never Done

Organizing is never “done.” Certainly we cyclically become more and less messy. Our messiness likely follows a sine-wave-like pattern, increasing as we get busy, decreasing as we complete work and clean up. Sometimes we get very, very messy before we clean up (that is, the cycle gets very, very...

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