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Labor Day

On this holiday we celebrate the American worker and his or her contribution to our American life, but the holiday was actually born as a way to appease workers after a brutal crackdown on the workers and the union during

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Something New in the 1940 Census

Now that the 1940 census is more or less fully indexed I took a lazy woman’s stroll through some of our ancestor’s records.  I wasn’t expecting much new information.  My mother and mother-in-law both remembered that time and filled me

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Trip to Willamette Heritage Center

On Thursday, July 19th I was finally able to visit the Willamette Heritage Center and meet all of the people who have done so much for me. I have written about the wonderful file of 80 family photographs and their

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Not All Women Are Mothers

On this Mother’s Day 2012 my thoughts have turned to the women in our families who were not mothers. Today motherhood is a choice, many women both married and unmarried live fulfilling lives without children, but what about our ancestors. 

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Where Young Ladies Lived

My mother-in-law, Marian Costello Cole, graduated from the University of Washington in 1936.  She went off to San Francisco, rented an apartment with a friend,  and went to work. She stayed in San Francisco until my father-in-law came to marry

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