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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.

GILDED AGE GIRLS – THE ORCUTT’S GRAND TOUR OF EUROPE 1901- PART II – ENGLAND, THE NETHERLANDS, AND BELGIUM

The S.S. Australasian departed Montreal on June 8, 1901, bound for Liverpool, England. On board were three of my ancestors – Clinton Orcutt, my 2x great-grandfather, and his two youngest daughters, Anna Ri and Jane Clare. After ten days at … Continue reading

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GILDED AGE GIRLS – THE ORCUTT’S GRAND TOUR OF EUROPE – Part I

I was about twelve years old the first time I saw the Orcutt Family Travel Album. Since then, many years have passed, and the album’s condition has deteriorated. Yet, it still continues to fascinate me. After much research, I decided … Continue reading

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OMAHA SOCIETY WEDDING – (Marion Edith Orcutt & Alfred James Beaton)

The engagement and wedding of Marion Edith Orcutt and Alfred James Beaton, 1899, Omaha, Nebraska. Continue reading

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GILDED AGE GIRLS – FAREWELL PARTY AT LININGER ART GALLERY

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Growing up during the Gilded Age, the Orcutt sisters, Edith, Anna Ri, and Jane, filled their calendars with ladies-of-leisure activities. Fortunately for my research, the Orcutts figured prominently in the Omaha newspaper society columns, as did their peers. The society … Continue reading

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GILDED AGE GIRLS- Three Orcutt Sisters in Omaha

The Orcutt family packed up and left Durant, Iowa, on August 13, 1887, bound for Omaha, Nebraska, where opportunities beckoned. Shortly after they moved into their elegant new home, Edith Orcutt, my maternal great-grandmother, celebrated her eighth birthday. She had … Continue reading

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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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