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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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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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Birthday Celebration – Anna Jane Beaton Hyde

June 21st celebrates the summer solstice and the birth date of my grandmother, Anna Jane Beaton Hyde. She was born 109 years ago in 1907 in Omaha, Nebraska.  It was a notable year for celebrity births, such as Katherine Hepburn, … Continue reading

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ORCUTTs at the Easel

Is there an artist in your family, either professional or amateur?  If your ancestor left only one piece of artwork, what impressions might you attribute to the artist? In my earlier post, I wrote about the Orcutt family portraits of … Continue reading

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ORCUTT FAMILY PORTRAITS

Walk into many antique stores and you find photographs and portraits lost or discarded by families. Who were these people? How did their images end up in an antique store or even at a Cracker Barrel restaurant? Did no one … Continue reading

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The Traveling Trunk

TALES OF A TRAVELING STEAMER TRUNK If your family heirloom could talk, what stories would it tell? The steamer travel trunk I inherited has 120 years of travel tales to share. My 2x great-grandparents, Clinton Delos Orcutt, and Anna Dorcas … Continue reading

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