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Happy Birthday, Hendrik Vanden Bosch

This is the birthday week of our 2nd great grandfather, Hendrik VandenBosch, born on Sept. 20, 1827, making this week the 194th anniversary of his birth. Hendrik was born in the rural village of Doornspijk, in Gelderland, the Netherlands’ largest … Continue reading

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DNA updates and American migratory ancestors

My ancestral home has always felt Midwestern to me because that’s where the descendants of my earliest American ancestors ended up and stayed a while: in Iowa. It is not where they started, however. They arrived there over generations. Ancestry … Continue reading

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Beniah Case died at 28, a new enlistee in the Union Army

Beniah Case was born on October 15, 1834, to Obadiah James Case and Louisa Royalty Case. He grew up on a farm in eastern Iowa, not far from the Mississippi River. Beniah died in 1862, at age 28, far from … Continue reading

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Sorting the genealogy room, finding family history

In some areas of my life, I am highly organized. As yet, my genealogy has not been one of them. This is in no way an indication of its importance to me … it’s just that I kind of stumbled … Continue reading

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Peder Malum: Hale and hearty

It’s hard to believe my grandfather’s grandfather was born almost two centuries ago. This week is the 196th anniversary of the birth of my 2nd great-grandfather, Peder Malum. Peder was born in Oyer, Oppland, Norway, in 1824, to Arne and … Continue reading

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What would Grandma Hattie have made of 2020?

Today, March 20, is the 110th anniversary of the birth of my maternal grandmother, Henrietta (“Hattie”) Van den Bosch Kreykes. I’ve been thinking about her a lot today, in the midst of navigating the effects of the coronavirus crisis in … Continue reading

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Grandma’s college diploma

Yesterday, March 5, was the 116th anniversary of the birth of my paternal grandmother, Dorothy Clausen Hendrickson. A few weeks ago, my mother found Grandma’s 1925 college diploma amidst some of my late father’s documents. Mom has been going through … Continue reading

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Favorite Discovery? Too many to choose

The theme for week 7 of 52 ancestors in 52 weeks was “favorite discovery.” Of course, I cannot choose just one favorite. Being somewhat behind in these posts, and racing to catch up, I finally settled on a brief discussion … Continue reading

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To colorize or not to colorize …

With so many people experimenting with and sharing the colorized versions of their black-and-white family photos through MyHeritage In Color™, I decided to take a few minutes to experiment and get in on the action. MyHeritage provides a feature that … Continue reading

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Dutch naming traditions in the Van den Bosch family

I’m a little late with my first “52 ancestors in 52 weeks” posting.  Last week’s prompt was “same name,” and it took me a while to wrap it up. In response to the prompt, I looked at a Dutch naming … Continue reading

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