Category Archives: Genealogy

What ever happened to St. Matthews?

Just over one hundered and two years ago, the community of St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran church published a booklet commemorating their newly built church and its consecration on December 19, 1909. The church was located on the corner of 10th … Continue reading

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St. Thomas Aquinas church history – I wasn’t even looking

I have always loved the word serendipity. For one thing, it’s fun to pronounce, being a kind of combination of serene and zip-a-dee (as in do dah!); it combines a happy sense of well being with a frisson of excitement. But more … Continue reading

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Judging Saddle Horses and Roadsters

I purchased my first copy of James Barly’s only book, Judging Saddle Horses and Roadsters (privately printed, 1945),  in the Renaissance Book Shop, a fantastic four story warehouse full of books in downtown Milwaukee. Unlike so many of its ilk, Renaissance … Continue reading

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On pricing the priceless. Or, the bookseller as detective

Solomon Wallace Stewart was born in 1754 in Mcclarar, Tyrone, Ireland. So say at least three family trees on Ancestry.com, and something called OneWorldTree. None of them cite any evidence except each other. I have evidence. Continue reading

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Nothing ever happened in Fredonia, WI

At least, not much that was worth writing about, apparently. Certainly not in the time period I’m interested in, 1850-1900-ish. That’s the half-century when I had two sets of great, great grandparents and their issue, my great grandparents, living there. … Continue reading

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