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Howard W. West Sr. Timeline

I’ve had some challenges researching long lost relatives, but the mysteries and myths in and around my grandfather, Howard W. West Sr., continue to amaze as I dig through his history. The following is what I have at the time … Continue reading


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Uncovering the Past on Place Names

In another brilliant family history and local history piece, Winquatt of Musings of the History Queen brings us “The mystery of Justin Chenoweth.” In The Dalles, Oregon, Chenoweth’s name (spelled Chenowith by the locals) is plastered all over town. There’s … Continue reading


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Genealogy, Archives, Libraries, and Museums Resources for States in the US

Top 75 State Genealogy Websites of 2012 by Rich Crume of Family Tree Magazine is an extensive listing of US State Archives, libraries, museums, and other online resources to help you with your family history research. For my own research, … Continue reading


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The Diary of Hannah Pierce (1835-1873), Lenawee County, Michigan

Researching your family history online can be a challenge. But when you find a wonderful gem in your research, it makes all the struggle worthwhile. Such was the discovery of the mention of my West family members in the Diary … Continue reading


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Biography of Wilbur West (1827-c1900), Son of Benjamin West and Polly Disbrow

The Michigan County Histories has a terrible unedited version of Portrait and biographical album of Lenawee County, Michigan available online, which features biographical biographical sketches and portraits of prominent and representative citizens of the county. Produced by the Chapman Brothers, … Continue reading


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Lenawee County, Michigan, Online Resources for Local Information, Cemeteries, and Vital Records

My West and Farlin family were brought together in Raisin Township, Lenawee County, Michigan. The term “lenawee” or “lenawai” (Shawnee) cames from the Native American word meaning “man” from the Delaware “leno or lenno”. Lenawee County’s first white settlers were … Continue reading


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