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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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  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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Thomas A. Nichols – Part II

What prompted me to write about Thomas A. Nichols? The Background to the Research Some of my readers have requested that I personalize my ancestor stories. Thus, before I continue the saga of Thomas A. Nichols and his Civil War … Continue reading

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Mary Mary, quite contrary, tell me your story true

Mary Nelson, or perhaps it should be Maria Nilsson, departed Sweden as a young woman of 18 or 19, in 1874 or 1875,  according to census records.  Sweden in the 1860’s was in the middle of a national population crisis … Continue reading

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