Ole Larson's Folks

Category: Sources

I found this document in Salt Lake City last November. The information is not new, but this is a good source citation for several facts. I have posted a “page” combining it with several sources discovered earlier to map a timeline of the Samuelson family. I also found a naturalization document for an Ole Larson with approximately the correct dates. Normally, an alien must be in the country for five years before declaring for naturalization. Since Ole arrived in 1865…

I just arrived home from a full week of research at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, by far the largest facility of its kind in the world. Although some of their holdings are becoming available online, and microfilms can be borrowed for a fee for viewing at any local LDS center, to be under one roof with the whole collection is quite a thrill. The centerpiece of the library consists of of over 2.5 million microfilms…

In my articles on ancient history (1, 2, and 3), I had a lot of fun claiming the great-grandparenthood of famous and infamous figures such as Saint Olaf, William the Conqueror, Charlemagne, Isabella the She-Wolf, Old King Cole, and the emperor Claudius, among many others. As I have already admitted, the three lines leading from me back to these ancients all have links that are controversial or doubtful. Up until the mid-twentieth century, both amateur and professional genealogists were highly…

I have written many posts about the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania, home of my fourth great-grandpa Philip Myers and grandma Martha Bennet Myers. The articles tended to emphasize sources I discovered first, not necessarily what was written first. To illustrate Martha’s importance as a primary source, I now refer you to three of the earliest published accounts of this interesting history. A big problem with the early literature is its extreme bias toward the Eurocentric (one might even say bigoted)…

When I ask a librarian to look up the surname “Myers” in some index or other, and to include alternate spellings, I can almost sense a silent cringe at the other end of the phone line. It is a particularly thorny example of the lack of spelling uniformity in old documents. The name is fairly common, both in the British Isles and in Germanic regions of Europe. It is thought to come from the same root as our common English…

Several months ago, I was contacted by Jody Boyd, a member of the Monona County (Iowa) Genealogical society. Each member of the society was assigned a “cold case,” that is, an individual in the county, long-deceased and not related to the member, to research and build a family history. Jody’s assignment was Harry Eugene Colby (1822-1903), a long-time resident and businessman in the town of Onawa. As Jody discovered early in her research, H. E. Colby happens to by my…

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