Category Archives: 52 Ancestors Series

Sioux City, Iowa, Indian Woman Portrait by J. H. Hamilton – 52 Ancestors

Originally posted on Diggin' Up Graves:
In the mid-1990s, some cousins found this photo in a deceased relative’s belongings. We had never seen it before. It was with other photos, but none of them were of a Native American. We…

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Earl Lawrence TRAUTMAN (1893-1964) : “Auto Salesman Arraigned in Hit and Run” or How my Grandfather Got into the 1940 Census Twice – 52 Ancestors

Earl Lawrence TRAUTMAN (1893-1964) : “Auto Salesman Arraigned in Hit and Run” or How my Grandfather Got into the 1940 Census Twice – 52 Ancestors

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James William WILSON (1888-1943) : “Died in a gutter in Colorado” – 52 Ancestors

James William WILSON (1888-1943) : “Died in a gutter in Colorado” – 52 Ancestors The family said that he “died in a gutter in Colorado.” But sometimes families exaggerate. They said he had a drinking problem — that it contributed … Continue reading

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Isaac VAN DUYN (1822-1903) – Willing to Fight, Lost His Sight – 52 Ancestors

Isaac VAN DUYN (1822-1903) – Willing to Fight, Lost His Sight – 52 Ancestors Isaac VAN DUYN was born on 15 May 1822 in Ohio.1,2 Many undocumented family trees say he was born in Belmont County, Ohio, although I have … Continue reading

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My Mother’s Grandparents – Grandma Farted at the Dinner Table (Oops) – 52 Ancestors

Between the ages of 9 and 14, my mother lived in Wilkinson, Indiana, with her grandparents, Obe and Minnie (KUHN) VAN DUYN. One day, she related this story to me.

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