These are a few of my Favorite Things! Hunterdon County Historical Society Manuscript Collections 18, 19, 47, 57, and 67

I love the Hunterdon County Historical Society, so much so that I volunteered at the Research Library for several years.  While working on one of my obsessions historical interests, I did a deep dive into the Hunterdon County Historical Society Collection, parts I, II, IV, V, and VI. There isn’t a part III, which I verified with …

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The Fennimore Family of Somerset and Morris Counties New Jersey A DNA Project – A Twist

Where we last left off, I was using DNA Painter to map Gedmatch matches with two known Fennimore descendants. None of the one hundred shared matches were closer than 3rd cousin.  I then turned my attention to 23andMe.  I looked to see if my two known descendants had an obvious kit in 23andMe, but none …

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The Fennimore Family of Somerset and Morris Counties New Jersey A DNA Project -Organization and Privacy

Good organization is essential in any genealogical research, but it is critical in a genetic genealogy project. Just because two people have shared DNA doesn’t mean that you have proof that you are both descended from a particular ancestor. An accurate paper trail must accompany the matches to aid proper identification. For example, in Ancestry, …

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Julia Beam

My Ladies – Julia Beam part 5 – The Trial

Initially, it appeared that there would be no justice for Julia.  The citizens and local enforcement of Glen Gardner felt that the law was indeed served.  Julia’s father turned her away so there was no support from her parents.  Her Uncle who lived in nearby Hell Mountain took her in, along with her sister Sarah …

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Julia Beam Part IV; Mr. and Mrs. Walters, A Brief Marriage

Melvin and Julia married on 20 December 1890[i] and quickly annoyed their neighbors.  April of 1891 the young couple found themselves in hot water with some of the town residents.  Austin Lisk and Glen G. Woodruff were the main complainants that the Walters were conducting themselves in a disorderly manner.   The couple pled “not guilty.”  The …

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My Ladies – Julia Beam Part III – The Groom

My Ladies – Julia Beam part 1  Introduced Julia Beam who was tarred and feathered on 17 October 1891 by a group of men in Glen Gardner, Hunterdon County. Newspapers throughout the country followed the trials with great interest. My Ladies Julia Beam part 2 The early life of Julia Beam is examined The Groom, Malachi …

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Auntie’s Pretzels – Grandmothers, Mothers, and The Ladies who fill that Role

Back in the 1980’s my Maternal Grandmother asked me what I would like as a gift. I responded that I would like copies of family recipes more than anything.  It took some convincing she didn’t believe me.  What I received was more than I could imagine.  It was a huge book of handwritten recipes, some of …

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