Yearly Archives: 2014

John Mustain and the War of 1812

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One thing that digital records often do a poor job of reproducing is serendipity. On more than one occasion, I’ve run across records purely by chance when going through books and written records, one time most memorably when I went looking for an American Revolutionary War lineage in a volume of such and my eye […]


The Elusive Frank Jennings

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One of the frustrations of genealogy is finding where an ancestor originated from, particularly without records regarding parents or limited information on a place of origin. Connecting the dots, on the other hand, can be very rewarding. Though not a direct ancestor, the story of my great-great-grandmother Caroline Taylor’s first husband, Frank Jennings, is inseparable […]


Missing Places

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One of the joys of genealogy, since I love maps, is tracking down places that no longer exist or places where the names have changed. In some cases, the place still exists, but as part of a different municipality, township, county, shire, or territory. Sometimes, one area will get subsumed by another, as is the […]


Sideways Through a Brick Wall

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For many years, I’ve been trying to find further information about the parents of Mary Ann Mustain nee Arnott. I knew pretty definitively that her father was of Scottish ancestry, if not a first-generation immigrant, but I knew less about her mother. In part, I labored under the assumption that her mother was Nancy Ann […]