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Be Careful What You Throw in the Trash

This weekend, Patty and I, with the help of grandson Robby (age 4), and Tucker (our lab – age 5) spent what seemed like unending hours loading a large trailor with yard & garden debris, as well as tree trimmings. Using two chain saws, and two sets of loppers, we cut and disposed of more […]

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Houstory’s Heirloom Registry Scavenger Hunt March 4-10, 2013

The following news release, all dealing with friends of mine, is from PRWEB: Ferndale, Wash. (PRWEB) February 28, 2013: Nationally respected genealogy experts and authors Maureen Taylor and Janet Hovorka are the latest sponsors of Houstory’s Heirloom Registry Scavenger Hunt, which runs March 4-10. Hovorka, who is currently president of the Utah Genealogical Association, has […]

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Lost Kirker Diary Returned to the Family

The following excerpt is from a VERY INTERESTING article posted in the February 7, 2013 edition of thepress.net. Antioch resident Gail Kean is an amateur treasure hunter who enjoys scouring thrift shops for unique items others discard as junk, but she never dreamed the discovery of an 80-year-old diary would lead her on an adventure […]

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Lost Telegram Reunited with Family

A few days ago I blogged about a telegram that Daly City police Sr. Detective Joe Bocci was attempting to reunite with the family that rightfully owned it. The following excerpt is from an article posted in the January 3, 2013 edition of the Post Tribune. Jan. 03–SAN CARLOS — By the time Thanksgiving hit, […]

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Daly City Detective Searches for Telegram’s Rightful Owner

The following excerpt is from an article in the January 3, 2013 edition of the Santa Cruz Sentinel. DALY CITY [CA]– On Christmas day 1938 a couple named Minnie and Fred sent a telegram to Emma Gonzales in San Francisco telling her they’d arrived in Reno and wished her a happy holiday. Nearly 75 years […]

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Barry H Landau Accused of Historic Document Thefts

This is a big story… And I’m afraid that we’re going to be following it for a while… The following excerpt is from an article in the July 12, 2011 edition of The Baltimore Sun: At the Maryland Historical Society, they’re calling it the Great Cupcake Caper. Before being arrested by police on Saturday and […]

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Survivor Receives Family Artifacts – 70 Years Later

The following excerpt is from an article by Elaine Alexander, published in the St. Louis Jewish Light. Earlier this month, 94-year-old Elsie Hirsch Levy received an astonishing phone call from Buettelborn, Germany, the town her family had fled during the Nazi era. The excited caller was Levy’s grade school classmate, Marie Beisswenger, with whom Levy […]

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Jamestown Pipes Found – With Names on Them!

A number of pipes – the tobacco-smoking kind, have been found in Jamestown, Virginia. And they seem to be inscribed with names of people… The following excerpt is from an AP article by Michael Felderbaum, and posted on the Yahoo News website. RICHMOND, Va. – Archeologists at Jamestown have unearthed a trove of tobacco pipes […]

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Saving “Stuff” That May Become Artifacts

The following excerpt is from a good article on artifact preservation in the June 1, 2010 Deseret News. The stuff of our lives — the meaningful things we surround ourselves with, find, are given, gather up, inherit — is the stuff of history. “These things may not make big money on ‘Antiques Roadshow,’ but they […]

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Red Cross Auctioning Historic Memorabilia to Reduce Their Deficit

WASHINGTON – Rose Percy has a long history with the American Red Cross. Complete with an extensive wardrobe and her own Tiffany jewelry, this 23-inch wax doll was first sold for $1,200 back in 1864 to benefit the U.S. Sanitary Commission – the precursor to one of best-known U.S. charities. Now, Rose Percy, is on […]

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The Citizen’s Canes of Massachusetts

Alerted by an article in the NEHGS eNews for April 29, 2009, I immediately checked out the Boston Post canes. Seven hundred canes were handed out to the oldest resident of Massachusetts towns in 1909. Following is an excerpt from an article in the April 26, 2009 Boston Globe. …The manse where [Manson] Haws drew […]

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Inscribed Christening Bowl Finds Its Way Home Thanks to Turtle and the Iowa Genealogical Society

There’s a great genealogy story in the April 26, 2009 edition of the Des Moines Register. It’s the story of the surfacing of a 100 year of a christening bowl, the search by Iowa Genealogical Society staff and volunteers, and the eventual reunion of the artifact with the family. The bowl has ties to the […]

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