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Monthly Archives: January 2008

new html Register-style summaries

For the wonderful cousin in Capetown, Dawn Raimondo, I recently wrote up a brief report (not for publication) on the descendants of Vere Stapleton (on him see previously in this blog). Thought I’d post a separate link to it since I’ve been working on its style & format. Started in Microsoft Word, with a Word-to-html […]

Owre Kyng went forthe to Normandy: the Agincourt carol

Trolling through hymns while recently masquerading as a substitute organist, I noticed an interesting setting of the melody of the Agincourt carol in the Hymnal 1982 of the Episcopal Church(*), which sent me scurrying back to the edition in William Chappell’s Early English Popular Music (1893). And that sent me to MS Arch. Selden B.26 […]

Fudging it, genealogically

I can’t remember when I first held this up to the light. Maybe before, but maybe not until after cousin Dick had pulled a copy of the municipal record from the City of New York, showing a different date. Maybe before, but maybe not until after I had spent a year in European archives, carefully […]

[De] Vere Stapleton: a bolt from the blue

This is one of those amazing genealogical synergisms, and it has a moral: get your brick walls online. My wife’s great-grandmother Mary (Nye) Scott (1882-1965) — — came from an old Great-Migration family in Massachusetts, the Nyes. But her mother Cora

King of Man? Uh, right.

This corpulent—and presumably tailless—Manx pretender gives American interest in premodern genealogy a bad name. Michael Andrews-Reading on his dedicated website, and other posters on the Usenet group rec.heraldry, have already reviewed the pretensions of David Howe. Much of what has been unearthed—even from Howe’s own pen—suggests that a profit motive may lie behind the patently […]

mystery man in a mourning brooch

My wife’s family has handed down to us an interesting trio of early case photos, Daguerreotypes, all meticulously well identified. But from my father’s family in Kentucky have come a couple that alas remain unidentified! One is a hand-colored Ambrotype under glass in a typical mid-19th century case (photo after the jump). Another image is […]