Category Archives: Lets Talk

Letters are Windows to the Past

My Great Grandmother Bessie Barney Bonnett LeClair was trying to make a new start in 1918. She had divorced her first husband Abner Bonnett and had just married William LeClair. The envelope shown below housed a letter from her husband … Continue reading

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The Christmas Gift Under The Tree That Grew Into A Family Tree

  The question I should have asked Bill about the DNA test kit he gave his wife Kelly for Christmas last year was, what did he think would happen? What did happen was an incredible life-changing event for Kelly and … Continue reading

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Walking With Giants

  It was the above picture of a newspaper page that fueled the idea of this blog post. I had used this image in an earlier post. When I studied this newspaper page, I was reminded of the many people … Continue reading

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Green-Wood Cemetery Where Ancestors Await You

  Last spring I was reading my local newspaper when an article caught my eye. It was regarding a cemetery in New York City that has compiled over 160 biographies of people who served during World War 1 and that … Continue reading

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Quilts, Cemeteries, Snowflakes or Genealogy Fun in Pictures

A quilt show was to take place in Plattsburgh, N.Y. so plans were made to attend. To be honest, I do not need much of a reason to visit my old hometown. This trip would be a perfect way to … Continue reading

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Hard Times and a Hard Man

  Recently my wife and I traveled to Potter County in Pennsylvania to visit family, three cousins on my father’s side to be precise. They are Susan who I met while researching my family a few years ago, the second … Continue reading

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Monuments to Lost Libraries

“Whenever an elder dies, a library burns down.”   Most of us have heard the above saying in one form or another. If there is any truth to this saying (I believe it holds much truth) then perhaps the above … Continue reading

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