Monthly Archives: April 2019

Family Gatherings

Last Saturday, six women converged in a one bedroom apartment in the outskirts of Monticello, MN with the goal of discussing one thing: Family. Five of these six women were the daughters of three sisters; Mabel, Gladys, and Deloris. As … Continue reading

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Cemeteries: Digging Up Ancestral Dirt

On a two lane highway, between my hometown and the next, there is a small family cemetery set on a hill, overlooking the road. During the course of my life, I have probably passed this cemetery thousands of times, noticing … Continue reading

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Grandma Borson

When I first began to research my family history, I focused on the facts. The names, the dates, and the places. I had one biological grandma still living and I grilled her for clues in order to find the next … Continue reading

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War at the Front Door

This past weekend, I attended the Minnesota Civil War Symposium at the Historic Fort Snelling in St. Paul. For many Minnesotans, especially Southwestern Minnesotans like me, thoughts of the Civil War are directly linked to the Dakota War of 1862. … Continue reading

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High Jinks and History

What do you think about when you see the stoic faces of the people in early photographs? For me, with many of my ancestors becoming immigrant farmers in Minnesota, I think of hardship, tenacity, and determination. For the personalities of … Continue reading

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