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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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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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PIECING TOGETHER THE PUZZLE OF THE NICHOLS-CARNEY PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION PART VII

A trio of unidentified faces seek re-connection with their families. The final installment of photographs from the NICHOLS-CARNEY collection. TINYPE #1      2.5″x 3.5″, 1/6 plate  This young woman is smartly dressed for her portrait in a rustic setting. … Continue reading

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