Category: Butterfield

Unsolved mysteries

One of our most frustrating genealogical mysteries is the identity of this woman. If possible, click on the photos to see a larger view. I first thought these are photos of the same person, and I'll get to that soon. My confusion stems from the fact that these very similar-looking women are identified differently or ...

Trinkets & treasures

WHAT ABOUT THOSE HARD-TO-CATEGORIZE COLLECTIBLES? Inevitably, there are items that end up collecting dust. Some are hard to use in the present; a smaller, easier, or more versatile item has taken its place. Others will always collect dust. Still, there are ways to help your children learn how their ancestors lived. Can anyone guess the ...

Photos for profiling

My grandmother Lalla was quite photogenic. She was a fashionista in her day, and I never tire of looking at her through the stages of her life. My children will never know her, and while that makes me sad, there are ways to remedy this dilemma. Looking at our collection of photos, it baffles me ...

Why “The Malevolent Matriarch?”

GREAT GRANDMA'S TONGUE WAS AS SHARP AS HER PENCIL. Afraid of no one, she let loose in hundreds of letters to daughter Bertha, sometimes twice a day. Her stern "disposition" intimidates (yet I adore that photo on the right. Notice her posture, her confidence. The hat and coat add to the "don't mess with me" ...

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