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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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MABEL’S METAMORPHOSIS

  MABEL’S METAMORPHOSIS PART I  MABEL ELVINA NICHOLS HYDE (1888-1954) As a caterpillar changes into a butterfly, my great-grandmother, Mabel Elvina NICHOLS HYDE transformed herself from a forlorn child into a confident young woman. Known for her elegant style, the … Continue reading

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EVERY PHOTOGRAPH TELLS A STORY

MABEL NICHOLS HYDE A little girl, captured by a photographer’s camera stands frozen in time. Taken about 1893 by Hughes & Co. in Omaha, Nebraska, this cabinet card of my maternal great-grandmother, Mabel NICHOLS HYDE (1888-1954) has a story to … Continue reading

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REVOLUTIONARY WAR PATRIOTS- HYDE ANCESTORS- STURBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS – PART IV

“The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.”  – Marcus Tullius Cicero What an ideal way to learn Revolutionary War American history! First you locate the pension file for your ancestor … 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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JOSHUA HYDE LIBRARY – THE RICH REWARDS OF PROBATE RECORDS- PART III

Reading a tantalizing tale takes the imagination and catapults it into other worlds.  As a grade school child I scoured the Scholastic catalog eagerly checking off each book I desperately wanted. What a thrill to order new books and dive … Continue reading

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THE RICH REWARDS OF PROBATE RECORDS – JOSHUA HYDE- STURBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS – PART II

  A journey through the archives opens doors to the past. Step back 177 years to the rural village of Sturbridge, Massachusetts discussed in Part I.  Take a tour of Joshua and Sally Hyde’s farm and home and meet my 4th great-grandfather. … Continue reading

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THE RICH REWARDS OF PROBATE RECORDS – JOSHUA HYDE- STURBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS – PART 1

How many of us would eagerly jump into a time machine and transport ourselves back  to visit an ancestor? I would have to make several trips to accomplish everything. Since this isn’t possible I use historical research to time travel. … Continue reading

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