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About treeklimber

An interest in history and travel lends itself to a passion for genealogy. The more I research, the more I realize there is to discover. It is a never-ending puzzle.

THE ORCUTT FAMILY HOME – OMAHA, NEBRASKA

Family historians research every aspect of their ancestor’s lives, including where they lived. We search for addresses by following a paper trail: census records, directories, land deeds, tax records, and newspaper articles. Once we have an address, we google it … Continue reading

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EDITH ORCUTT BEATON – DAUGHTER OF A 19TH CENTURY ENTREPRENEUR – PART I

My mother and grandmother captivated me with tales about my great-grandmother, Edith (Orcutt) Beaton. Her friends called her Edith, but her family used the nickname “Dee Dee.” My grandmother, Anna Jane (Beaton) Hyde, described Edith as “the sweetest mother in … Continue reading

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THE MYSTERY OF MARY NELSON/MARIA NILSDOTTER: A CHANGED IMMIGRANT (PART V)

Maria Nilsdotter conquered the most challenging part of her emigration journey when she completed her trans-Atlantic voyage in 1875. This final chapter of Maria’s story chronicles her 1000 mile trek from Castle Garden, New York, to Clinton, Iowa. While researching … Continue reading

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THE MYSTERY OF MARY NELSON/ MARIA NILSDOTTER: A SWEDISH TREK TO AMERICA (Part IV)

TRANSATLANTIC JOURNEY This blog is the fourth in a series about the life of Maria Nilsdotter (Mary Nelson) and her immigration to America in 1875. In the previous blog, Maria traveled from Skällarbyn, Sweden, to Liverpool, England, where she waited … Continue reading

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THE MYSTERY OF MARY NELSON/ MARIA NILSDOTTER: A SWEDISH TREK TO AMERICA (Part III)

EMIGRATION PROCESS How much cash do I need to take with me when I emigrate? What possessions should I take and what should I leave behind? How will I cope with the language? These are questions emigrants have always had … Continue reading

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THE MYSTERY OF MARY NELSON/ MARIA NILSDOTTER: CASE SOLVED Part II

On a spring day in May 1875, Maria Nilsdotter, age twenty-one, embarked on the biggest adventure of her life. She began a journey that would take her over 4000 miles from the small farming village of Skällarbyn, Sweden, to the … Continue reading

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Celebrating the 4th of July, 1914 -Omaha, Nebraska

What did the 4th of July mean to your ancestors, and how did they celebrate it? My grandmother, Anna Jane Beaton,  was as American as apple pie. Her father, Alfred Beaton, was an immigrant of Scottish heritage from Prince Edward … Continue reading

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THE MYSTERY OF MARY NELSON/ MARIA NILSDOTTER: CASE SOLVED Part I

A long forgotten sixty-year-old envelope lay safely tucked away in a large metal steamer trunk in my mother’s garage. As a child, I always thought the chest held treasures, now I know it does. The letter lay among stacks of … Continue reading

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EVERY PHOTOGRAPH TELLS A STORY – MEETING MABEL NICHOLS HYDE

As I stepped out of the rental car, a warm spring breeze gently blew away my trepidation. I recognized the large Tudor Revival style home from the photographs my mother and grandmother shared with me.  Located in the historic Happy … Continue reading

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EVERY PHOTOGRAPH TELLS A STORY – Mabel NICHOLS HYDE

MABEL’S METAMORPHOSIS – PART II – HAPPY 109TH ANNIVERSARY Spring is the perennial season for weddings and new beginnings. One-hundred-nine years ago Mabel  NICHOLS  exchanged vows with Dr. John F. HYDE. She entered into matrimony as well as a different … Continue reading

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