Ghosts and Oaths, Exhumations and Lore

“Inverawe! Inverawe! blood has been shed. Shield not the murderer!" The ghost of Donald Campbell about 1750. Location: Inverawe Estate East of Taynuilt , Argyle, Scotland Note: Lairds were often called by the name of the estate they owned. Inverawe house photographed in 1910.1 The laird of Inverawe in 1750 was Duncan Campbell. He had …

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The Story of the Victoria Ohnsorgs How Three Women Became Two, Then One and How They Became Three Again. Which One Was Joseph Schindler’s Second Wife and Third Partner?

Once upon a time there were three women known as Victoria Ohnsorg who were all about the same age. This is a story of how these three women became two, then one and how they became three again. Ultimately answering the question: Who was Joseph Schindler’s second wife and third partner? It all started with …

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When You Get It WRONG Not Once, Not Twice But Three Times!

Anna Who Were Your Parents? Joseph Schindler & Carolina Lux, Anton Beck & Carolina Lux, or Someone Unexpected?                     Genealogy is the study of family lines. Correctly identifying each person in a family group is the cornerstone upon which everything rests. If you have incorrectly identified …

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A Castle, A Church and the Ringing of Church Bells

“Grasp the Sally and pull down. Don’t forget to let go.” “Grasp the what?” Dateline: Thursday, 3 May 2007, outside of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, 18:15 local time. My fourth cousin once removed, Phil and his wife Margaret picked me up at my hotel. Our destinations Sandal Magna Castle and the Church of Sandal Magna, …

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Pedigree Collapse and DNA, Friend or Foe? Is the match on the Gilchrist/Gilchrest line, the other Gilchrist line, the Gillies line or the McIlepheder/McNeil line?

We all have pedigree collapse in our trees. You may not have found it in yours but you will. Pedigree collapse is when two of your ancestors descend from the same ancestor or ancestral couple. Sometimes called “cousins marrying cousins” pedigree collapse is not the same as endogamy. Endogamy is when cousins are marrying cousins …

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