The Sister Wives Saga: The Gardner Girls

Author's Note: This information is as accurate as found in my current research.  Some men had one wife, others 56. Elias Gardner (son of William and Ann Gardner of Massachusetts)  landed somewhere in the middle. He had nine wives -- Harriet, Amy, Betsy, Diantha, Ruth, Ellen, Ann, Emily + Martha.  This is their story. Wife #1:... Continue Reading →

Dear Diary: I Wasn’t Allowed in Canada

August 27, 1934 Dear Diary, I am sixteen years old and I just made the road trip from Bellingham, Washington to Sumas to cross the border at the Port of Huntingdon in British Columbia.  I had never been across the border before and have been working as a domestic (housekeeper) before I decided to make... Continue Reading →

Rescue a Missing Photo!

I've always wondered what happened to old and unclaimed photos -- this past weekend I found out. As I was perusing through an adorable little vintage shop in Olympia, Wash., I saw some old photos for sale. Being the genealogist that I am, I couldn't just walk away and I picked the one I felt had... Continue Reading →

Pennies on Graves: Never Forgotten

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and I wanted to pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country. I couldn't think of a proper way to do so until I ran across an old posting about pennies on gravestones. It may seem like an odd idea, but leaving pennies on the... Continue Reading →

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