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Paul Reda became intrigued with a vintage ad that said:  Ladies: When in need of legal or confidential advice why not confer with one of your own sex? Established 1890 Miss Cora M. Strayer’s Private Detective Agency.  Read his research on her here: Miss Cora Strayer’s Private Detective Agency

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Lord of the Ring Project

Some guy who is made of awesomeness is putting every single character of Lord of the Rings in a giant family tree.

(DeeDee, I think I found you a perfect boyfriend. *grins*)

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What is a genealogy geek to do when she has nothing left to do? Until I have the money for travel to Philadelphia (NOT any time soon, I can tell you) and/or some new records come online, there’s nothing more I can do. It’s so depressing. I have the itch to research and scavenge for missing pieces, but nothing to scratch with.

I believe I’ll make one of my occasional “Please give me something to research” posts on Facebook…

Pointless post, over and out!

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My Middle-Earth ancestors!

From the Fellowship of the Ring:

Boromir: Have you ever seen it, Aragorn? The White Tower of Echthelion glimmering like a spike of pearl and silver. Its banners caught high in the morning breeze? Have you ever been called home by the clear ringing of silver trumpets?

Aragorn: I have seen the White City.

Boromir: One day, our paths will lead us there. And the tower guard will take up the call, that the Lords of Gondor have returned.

From the Wichita Daily Eagle, 22 October 1893:

22 October 1893

Yes, I momentarily envisioned my ancestors taking an extended trip to visit Aragorn and see the White City of Minas Tirith. And then I googled White City and decided they are probably referring to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.

A lengthy Middle Earth vacation sounds way better.

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Sometimes I wish I could get away with spelling my name a different way depending on what I felt like that particular day. Edward Oglesby (my great great great grandfather) shows up with at least 4 different spellings. I know it happens a lot, but it probably happens more often with people who couldn’t read or write like Edward.

Oglesby 1850 Census

Oglesby is the most correct spelling, at least it’s the one that the rest of his family goes by after Edward’s generation.

Oglesberry 1858 land record

Ogglesbury 1860 census

Then poor Edward went off and joined the 4th Alabama Infantry in the Civil War. He was sick a lot. He had the measles, diarrhea, and something called debilitas (which just means weakness). He fought in a lot of battles that everybody has heard of, and then he died at Gettysburg. In December 1863 months after the battle of Gettysburg, they spelled his name incorrectly one more time. One of the people in charge of removing the bodies from Gettysburg and reburying them was confused as to whether he was from Maine or Alabama and wrote a letter to the Governor of Maine looking for an Edward Oglesbury.

Oglesbury - 1863 letter

So now the big mystery is what happened to his body. I’ve contacted the State Archives of Maine and Alabama and neither of them know. And I’ve used the sources listed on Gettysburg National Park website and he’s not in any of those. My next step is to contact Gettysburg and see if he’s in the Medical/Burial/POW files that they have.

If he does have a headstone somewhere I wonder what spelling they used on that.

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DeeDee and I are geeky fangirls when it comes to genealogy.

We like to wander around old cemeteries, look at census records, dig around in old documents and books, and pretend we’re Sherlock Holmes when trying to solve genealogical mysteries.  (Okay.  I don’t know if DeeDee pretends she’s Sherlock Holmes.  She might not, but I do.  I’ve been reading and watching a lot of Sherlock Holmes lately and I have a crush on him.)

But we also like other geeky things like: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Jane Austen, Eric Northman the vampire, Firefly, Bones, The Office, fanfiction, libraries, and Captain Tight Pants. We get really excited and squeeful about fictional stories, so it just makes sense that we get squeeful over family histories that we discover.

DeeDee is an archives librarian.  I’ll let her tell you about herself.  I am a legal/video transcriber who transcribes and researches court cases.  I have a Master’s Degree in Library Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.  I’m currently in the process of putting together my portfolio to see if I have what it takes to get my Board Certification in Genealogy.

We want to find other people like us. Hence, this blog.  Hence is a great word. It makes me sound old-timey.  So hence forth let this blog be more entertaining than this introductory post.

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