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Bonn Properties in Red River Valley

I didn't think it would take this long to get back to my Road Trip to Red River Valley series of blog posts.  (Access chapter 1 here and chapter two here.)  But here we are.  Finally! As described in Road Trip to Red River Valley II, my…

How to Order a Federal Land Entry File

Historic land records in the U.S. are amazingly well-preserved and access is surprisingly less difficult than one would think.  This is especially true for federal land records in the 30 states considered part of the public domain.((The 20…

New Timelines for Inhabitants of Denisova Cave

Denisova Cave in central Asia is becoming quite the celebrity residence - at least in the fields of archaeology and hominin research.  It must have been an extremely attractive home for H. sapiens and other hominin species because it is the…
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SLIG 2020 Courses Revealed

The 2020 schedule of courses for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) were revealed at the Friday night banquet on January 18.  I encourage anyone interested in genealogy to attend.  These are top-flight courses taught by the world's…

The Mystery of Population Y

This fabulous portrait by celebrated photographer Carlos Monforte shows an Aborigine elder in Darwin, Australia in 2017.  Monforte specializes in images of indigenous cultures and people as well as scenery, especially in Asia and Oceania. …
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Going to the Promised Land!

Each January, the genealogy world turns its attention to Salt Lake City.  That's because the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) holds its annual series of educational courses during the month and hundreds of hobbyists and professionals…
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The Hafslo Connection

"Nurse Betty," an aunt of mine whose DNA I manage, recently forwarded an email she received from someone who matched her on FamilyTreeDNA.  I will refer to him as "Mr. Anderson."  My aunt and Mr. Anderson share 118 centimorgans (cM) of DNA. …

Hiatus I

I'm going to take a holiday break from the blog.  It's Christmas season and we have some travel plans this month.  Also, I need to catch up on other projects. Please look forward to the following blog topics in 2019: Bønsmoen Farm …
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The Perils of Norway Research

I made an error in my last post.  It's the statement that Laura Olsdatter Bohn (1853-1923) immigrated to the United States in 1887, arriving in New York City on the S.S. Island on 8 July. After I posted, one of my SLIG instructors, Finn…
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Bønsmoen It Is!

One of the mysteries of my Norwegian ancestry has been the question of the Bonn surname: how did it originate and from where exactly?  In Norway, the family name and location often go together, based on the old tradition of giving every farm…