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When a Novelist Writes a Biography

biography

What happens when a novelist writes a biography? I can’t speak for other biographers or novelists, I can only describe my challenges and joys. Here are four. Stick to the facts, ma’am When I began writing the biography of Mrs. Oswald Chambers, I already had written a novel in which Biddy is a character. My as-yet-unpublished-novel is […]

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Who was Marian? Ancestry Part 3

Marian

We weren’t positive her name was Marian Lemaine. The Marian was certain, but her last name was vague–maybe Lemon, perhaps Lehman? Her goddaughter didn’t know for sure. Marian was important to Mrs. Oswald Chambers, but we knew little about her. I needed to find out. This how I did it using Ancestry.com Basic facts We knew she must […]

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What does Biddy Mean?

Biddy

What kind of a name is Biddy and where did it come from? That’s one of the most frequent questions people ask about Mrs. Oswald Chambers. The answer is pretty simple, but let’s see if you can guess. What does the noun Biddy mean? According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, “biddy” can mean:  a hired girl or […]

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Who Is This Mystery Woman? Ancestry Part 2

Mystery woman

Who is this mystery woman with all those children? Researchers at Wheaton College didn’t know when they included her photograph into Oswald Chambers’ Special Collection Library. I didn’t know at first either, until I took a closer look. See that startled little girl on the left? That’s Kathleen Chambers, Oswald and Biddy Chambers’ daughter. How […]

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Using Ancestry.com for Research Part I

Ancestry

I’ve been using Ancestry.com for book research the last year. It’s been surprising and fantastic. As a genealogist, I avoided it for years. But when I began writing my biography of Mrs. Oswald Chambers, I started with one question: “Where did this woman come from?” Ancestry.com provided the information and so much more. English records I […]

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