book reviews

Scent of the Missing, by Susannah Charleson, a Review

Scent of the Missing, by Susannah Charleson, a Review

I hadn't read a dog story since Rin Tin Tin was on television, but browsing through a list of feel good books at my library's site lead me to Scent of the Missing, by Susannah Charleson. The cover picture caught my eye, so I clicked and was hooked.

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A Christmas Party, by Georgette Heyer, a Review

The book has everything you could want in a mystery: an English manor full of bickering relatives all of whom would benefit from the death of one of them—who is soon found dead inside a locked room.

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Why Shoot a Butler?, by Georgette Heyer, a Review

A few weeks ago, in the review of Toured To Death, I made fun of the "damsel in distress" motif that I kept coming across in modern mystery stories. Now, having read Georgette Heyer's Why Shoot a Butler?, I might have to eat my words. This lady gets it right.

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brick walls

Done and To Do in Cape May for James D. Hamilton

James D Hamilton was not found in any of the following:

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Henry "Harry" Billups, Pittsburgh, 1890

Henry Billups was last known to be alive in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in January and February 1890.

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Joseph Page of Orono, a Timeline

Before 1775: Lived for sometime in Rhode Island ... 1775: Living in the area of present day Bangor, then called Kenduskeag Plantation.

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DNA

A Positive View of Our Hamilton DNA Research

In the last two articles, I looked at the shortcomings of the DNA research into our Hamilton line. In this article, I will take a look at the positive side. What have we gained?

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First Thoughts on the O'Rourke Autosomal DNA

My sister recently tested the autosomal DNA of a cousin on our mother's side. A person inherits autosomal DNA from both their mother and father, unlike y-DNA which comes only from their father.

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Hiram Lansford Fields of Hawkins County, Tennessee

  •   Mon 08 October 2018
  •   DNA

I ask Fields family members and experts in early North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky genealogy to be patient with me and this article.

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general

Even the Snails Came from Spain

The legend among the Irish for the longest time was that they "came from Spain." You could say it was the mother of all family stories.

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Found on Roadside

Found on Roadside

While looking through the Irish Catholic parish registers, I found this entry ...

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Kilmore Quay Post Office

A while ago my cousin sent me a number of photographs of our family ... This picture of Kilmore Quay Post Office is one of them.

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off-topic

It Has All Been Said

While I was setting up the new format of this site, I was trying to think of things to write about. Then I realized "Why bother opening your mouth? It's all been said by now."

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You Have Nothing to Fear

except spiders

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Lyrics to a version of "The Rambling Boy"

This is not your grandfather's Ramblin' Boy. And the lyrics are not from the versions by Tom Paxton or Joan Baez. Listening to Tom Paxton after this is like listening to Pat Boone sing "Blueberry Hill," nice, but just nice.

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postal covers

1960 Postal Cover from Warrensville, Ohio, to Duncan, British Columbia

On March 11, about 1960, Mr John L Alline of 19415 Wickfield Road, Warrensville Heights, Ohio, sent a letter to Mr W D Wadsworth, of Gibbins Road, Duncan, British Columbia. Who were these men, and what was the correspondence about?

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Alice (Brownsword) Hawkes of Rockland, Rhode Island

In December 1915, Alice B Hawkes of Rockland, Rhode Island, sent a postcard to her friend Mrs Green which read ...

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Anna (Cummisky) Lynch of Curraghan, County Leitrim, and Port Jefferson, Suffolk County, New York

In 1941, Mrs Martin Lynch of Port Jefferson, Long Island, received a letter from the town of Sligo, County Sligo, Ireland. Can we identify Mrs Lynch, and can this envelope help us find her county of origin in Ireland?

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records

Michael McAneny of Cleveland: naturalization

Having found James McAneny's death record, I was inspired to keep going on the family. Here is his brother Michael's naturalization card. As far as I can tell, this was some kind of summary of information made after the fact, along with the immigrant's current address.

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Hellier Family of Bangor, Maine

I had the opportunity to look at two old Bibles which apparently once belonged to members of the Hellier family of Bangor, Maine. They are in a private collection and are not for sale. I am presenting the family record information here for the benefit of anyone concerned.

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James McAneny of Cleveland: his death record

While I was going back through the information on my mother's side of the family, I solved one mystery: what ever happened to Catherine Rodgers' first husband, James McAneny?

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sketches

Coletta Kearns, 1922, Newburgh, Cleveland

This website includes a picture of the 1922 second grade class at Holy Name Parish on Broadway on the southeast side of Cleveland. My mother was in that class and identified most of the children in the picture. She identified the sixth young woman from our left in the last row as Coletta Kearns. There was a Coletta Kearns living in the area who is most likely her.

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Harry and Agnes (Gratton) Billups, Letters

The documents section of this website has a transcription of thirty-five letters sent by Henry "Harry" Billups and his wife Agnes Gratton from Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, to Agnes' sister Emily Hall in Derbyshire, England.

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Anna (Cunningham) Rodgers, of Kilkeel and Cleveland

Anna Cunningham was born 3 Oct 1845, possibly in Ballymadeerfy Townland, County Down, Ireland, the daughter of James Cunningham and Catherine Devine. The exact date of her birth comes from her granddaughter Nan (Gallagher) Fleming's research.

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Most of the information here is about my family or my wife’s, or about families with ties to Cleveland, Ohio, or the area near Rostrevor and Kilkeel in County Down, Ireland. There are also some unrelated families included that I came across. Whatever the case, I hope the material is helpful in your own efforts.
-- Ed Hamilton