February 2021

      Beware of same-named couples
    All genealogists know (or should know) to beware of same-named individuals; living in the same time & place. Genealogy is a matter of identity and relationship, not just names, and it's important to get the identity correct right from the start. However, we should also be aware of same-named couples.
    Many years ago, before I decided to become a professional, I was researching for a friend and very nearly assigned the wrong ancestral couple to her family tree. Who knew there were THREE couples named Fred and Maude Pease, of about the same age, living in the same state during the same time period?
   And just recently I stumbled upon another example, and had to look at several records to identify the right couple. Two couples named Harry and Lila Jewett were living in the Northeast, and distinguishing between them involved looking at every record available. In the end, it was the marriage record that provided Lila's maiden name that decided the matter. 

What I've Been Doing
* Immersed in homework, writing and reading for my SLIG Academy class, Writing and Documenting for Peer Review. This takes place one day a week for the next 11 weeks. I'm loving it!
* Watching the snow fall

What I'm Reading
    Last week I told you about discovering the NPR Book Concierge, and this is one of the books I chose from that. The House Girl takes place in two time periods: 1850s Virginia, which follows the slave girl Josephine, caring for her dying mistress while planning to run away, and present-day New York City, where Lina is an attorney working on a slavery reparations case. It's fascinating to see these two threads come together! This book will stay in my mind for a long time.
In the News
A federal judge has blocked the sale of the Seattle National Archives!

Remains of 6 pirates found in shipwreck off Cape Cod

Blue beads from Italy found in frozen Alaska

20th century photo studio found in New York attic

Long lost Bible found and returned to the Bidens

BYU student creates database to demonstrate spread of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic

Valentine's Day Special: buy 5 hours of research, get 1 free! (Must be redeemed by February 28.)
Upcoming (Online) Presentations

Saturday, March 13, 10am
The Murder of Rhoda Jones
Clallam County Genealogical Society

Tuesday, May 18, 1pm

I've Done the DNA Test, Now What Do I Do? (change of topic)
Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers 
Introducing Kolson Reed, my other "grandchild"! He's actually my great-nephew, son of my nephew Jason Reed. He just turned one, and I have yet to meet him in person.
Off Topic
 A map of radio stations around the world - click on a green dot and listen in!!

A different kind of recipe for brownies that calls for blooming cocoa
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