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Google Maps–Valuable for Research, Too!

I use Google maps all the time. Not just for driving instructions–though that’s important–but to understand how places play into history. Ir proved invaluable while I researched Mrs. Oswald Chambers. Here are ways Google maps answered questions. Putting locations into neighborhood context Several times in writing my book, I tried to figure out why someone lived […]

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The Phone Book–Ancestry Part V

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Who even has a phone book anymore? Ancestry.com I just spent a Friday night turning the cyber-pages of the London phone book. It broke open a mystery I’ve been hunting for 18 months. Amazing. Tedious. Valuable. A short diversion to talk about names Listen, if like several of my ancestors, you marry a man named […]

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Generous Family Members–Ancestry Part IV

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Generous family members contributed to my research while writing Mrs. Oswald Chambers. Ancestry.com posts information from people all over the world. People upload their family histories and share their data, stories and even photos. Their generosity makes researcher’s tasks much simpler. Uploading a family tree By simply uploading family trees, many genealogists provided me with information I sought. Knowing a […]

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Who was Marian? Ancestry Part 3

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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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Who Is This Mystery Woman? Ancestry Part 2

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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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