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November 30, 2012

Original Historic Newspapers Make Great Gifts!

Recently I was sent two original newspapers from Historic Newspapers UK. This company sells genuine original newspapers dating back as far as the 1800’s. 

These are sourced from the world’s largest private archive of over 7 million editions from all over the world. To date UK titles have been catalogued as far back as 1900 by date and title, there are also lots of US and regional issues, as well as many from the Victorian era.  

I admit that when the company first approached me and offered to send me two (free) original newspapers, I was a bit skeptical. First, why would I want them? And were they actually originals or were they copies? 

Nevertheless I agreed and chose two specific dates and newspapers:

15 May 1912 (my father's birthday) from The Times or Daily Mirror

29 May 1913 (grandparents set sail for Canada from UK) from The Times or Daily Mirror 


The company informed me that there were very few original issues for 15 May 1912 due to it following the Titantic disaster. They offered another date or a quality reproduction of that May 15th issue. I opted for the reproduction since I wanted it to be the paper from the day my father was born.

When the box arrived at my door I was pleasantly surprised! The presentation box is lovely -  a nice blue box with "A Day to Remember" printed on the lid.

 Inside were the newspapers, carefully wrapped in tissue. Each newspaper came with a seal of authenticity including the information I submitted online to be printed on the seal. The certificate for my reproduction paper stated very clearly that it was not an original. 





Quality Reproduction Newpaper 1912
 This is the front page of the 1912 newspaper which the company reproduced for me. I'm quite happy with the quality.

 I love being able to see the headlines on the day my father was born!
Original Newspaper 1913
 This is the front page of the original newspaper I ordered for 1913 - the day my grandparents left England for Canada.

It is really interesting reading through it, and quite obviously an original. It has yellowed slightly and even has a slight "old" smell! I am quite impressed with these newspapers and think they would make wonderful gifts.

I'm planning to give mine to my sons at some point. I think they will really enjoy them.
Disclaimer: Historic Newspapers offered me two free original newspapers in exchange for a link to their site. I was not paid for this review nor was I told what to say. The opinions are entirely my own. 

November 29, 2012

ANCESTRY.COM LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE NEWSPAPERS.COM


Online Newspaper Web Site Offers a High-Quality Collection of Digitized and Completely Searchable U.S. Newspapers Dating Back Centuries 
(PROVO, Utah) – November 29, 2012Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the launch of Newspapers.com, a powerful and affordable new web site designed to offer a historically rich collection of more than 800 U.S. newspapers dating from the late 1700s into the early 2000s.  
Comprising more than 25 million pages, Newspapers.com offers a trove of historical and present-day newspapers ranging from the New York Times to treasured small town and local newspapers throughout the United States. 
Interested users will find centuries of amazing news articles and photos now captured online when browsing hundreds of years of breaking news headlines, searching for information about an ancestor or reading how the media addressed moments in history like the day Charles A. Lindbergh flew over the Atlantic, the opening of Disneyland or news from the fronts during World War I and World War II.
“We’re extremely excited about the launch of Newspapers.com because it offers historical value for people of all ages and areas of interest,” said Brian Hansen, General Manager of Newspapers.com. “Searching newspapers is like searching the Facebook footprint of the past. Not only can you find information on births, marriages and deaths, but you can also get a glimpse into what life was like during a specific era. We hope our users have fun making their own discoveries in this great newspaper collection that will continue to grow over time.”
The search capabilities on Newspapers.com are specifically designed for newspapers enabling users to easily search by keywords, location, time period and newspaper name. From the 1784 Newport Mercury newspaper to a 2009 edition of The Gettysburg Times, users may find old advertisements or job listings, laugh at comics, retrieve family history clues or learn about famous events through the eyes and words of the time period.
The user experience is also enhanced by an image viewer that serves up crisp, high-quality images of the newspapers. Once discovered, newspaper images can easily be clipped, saved and shared via social outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.  
Within this growing newspaper collection are a myriad photos and stories that provide unique perspective on history. Examples include:
·        Abraham Lincoln – Abraham Lincoln’s death is noted as “Our Great Loss” in the April 16, 1865 edition of the New York Times
·        Interesting People – The first baby picture of John Jacob Astor VI, whose father perished on the Titanic, is posted among other photos including one of Andrew Carnegie in the 1914 New York Times section labeled “Interesting People Seen Through the Camera’s Eye”
·        Price Changes – See how costs have changed over time, for example the New York Times cost one cent back in 1852, a paper that today costs $2.50 for its weekday edition
·        Marilyn Monroe – A Parade article featuring an exclusive interview with Marilyn Monroe in 1952 talked about how the famous actress saw herself
·        Man on the Moon – In 1969, the first U.S. astronaut on the moon as highlighted in the Iowa Estherville Daily News
·        St. Valentine’s Day Massacre – The day after the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago, articles all across America followed the story including The Daily Independent

Newspapers.com provides an affordable glimpse into the past with a yearly subscription rate of $79.95 for subscribers and $39.95 for Ancestry.com or Fold3 members. Newspapers.com also offers a 7-day free trial 
 

BIg News Coming at 4 pm Today!

Hi everyone! Something very exciting is happening in the genealogy world but I can't tell you about it yet.

Stay tuned for the exciting genealogy announcement coming today at 4 pm EST. It's s biggie and you can read about it here on Olive Tree Genealogy blog at 4 pm today EST.




November 28, 2012

Genealogy Treasure No. 15: Tax Deed 1938 Hart

This is the 15th and last set of documents in the batch I purchased at an antique store in Kingston Ontario July 27, 2012. For details, see Found! Treasure Trove of Land Documents from Ontario Canada

This last document in the collection is a Tax Deed dated 29 November 1938.

It states that Charles W. Walker, village of Newburgh, Warden, and Thomas J. Cook of Napanee, Treasurer, grant to Frederick Hart 100 acres in the Township of Denbigh, Counties of Lennox and Addington.

It is specified as Lot 2 West Range Denbigh.


More documents will follow as I scan them and extract their details. To view all documents as they are published on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, click on Lennox-Addington Collection in the tags at the end of this post.

 If you are a descendant and would like to see these records, please contact me. Just click on ABOUT LORINE and scroll to the bottom of the page to obtain an email address.

November 27, 2012

Success! WW 1 Watch Stolen from Family 30 Years Ago Returned!

WW1 Watch Returned to Soldier's Family
Great news - another happy ending to a search for a WW1 soldier's descendants.

The original story of a watch found by a young boy over 30 years ago is here  Chad found this watch in Michigan and wrote to Olive Tree Genealogy to ask for help finding the soldier R H Smedley's descendants so he could return the watch to the family.

With the wonderful sleuthing skills of several of my readers, the Smedley family was found. R. H. and his son are deceased but his daughter-in-law Ann and two grandsons, Ron and Jim were found.

We made contact with the family and Chad arranged to meet them personally to return the watch. The family very kindly agreed to take photographs for me to share with my readers.

The photo on the right shows Ann holding the watch which was stolen so many years ago and then found by Chad.  Her son Ron (R. H. Smedley's grandson) is in the photo along with Chad who found the watch.

Here is Chad's email about the reunion of the Smedley watch with Ronald Smedley's daughter-in-law and grandsons.



...... We met today and I passed the watch back to Ann after it had been stolen from their home some 30 yrs old. It winds up that I went to the same high school as her sons so we lived about 1.5 miles apart. Ann was gracious enough to share with me some information about RH Smedleys service, showed me a couple of pictures and showed me some of his service medals. We had a very good visit and I am just very glad that it is back with Ann and her family. Thank you very very much for your help on this and also please thank the other kind ladies that also helped. This reunion would not have been possible without everyone's hard work. Thank you again.
 This photo shows Ann and her son Jim (R. H. Smedley's grandson) with Chad and the WW1 watch.

November 26, 2012

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November 25, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 48): First House

Welcome to Week 48 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012.   I hope you'll join us and share your memoirs and childhood memories for your descendants.

If you are just joining us, please take a peek at over 150 earlier prompts that will help you write your stories. Just click on the Sharing Memories tab at the top of Olive Tree Genealogy blog. You can jump in at any time and you can skip topics and prompts that you don't like. There are no rules, it's all about getting your stories and memories down on paper. The prompts are here as a guide to help if you are stuck for ideas.

 The prompt for this week is your first house. I don't mean the first house you remember as a child. I'm talking about the first house you bought as an adult. Do you remember it? Describe it. Tell your descendants what it was like. I find myself fascinated by the 1911 census for the UK (England) which provides number of rooms in the house and specifies what to include or exclude. The houses in general were so small compared to ours, and of course we don't generally have a summer kitchen and other rooms that were commonplace in 1911.

If you remember what your first house cost and the year you bought it, talk about that too. Maybe your moving experience is something you can share on paper.

My very first house was purchased circa 1970 when my ex-husband and I left the city (Toronto) to move north. There were two houses for sale in the entire town! So it wasn't like we were buying our dream home. We simply chose the only one that was a detached home. The other one for sale was a semi-detached on a main street.

I moved in ahead of my husband who had not finished Dental College in the city. We did not know anyone in the town, so there I was, a young woman alone for 3 months in a town where I had no family, no friends and had to fight off the feelings of isolation until he-who-shall-not-be-named could join me.

The way I first met my neighbours was in April when I was still alone and a fierce thunderstorm came rolling in. I was terrified and eventually ran to a neighbour's house to ask beg to stay with them until the storm was over! We did get to be pretty good friends so I guess they were okay with that rather unorthodox introduction.

Unfortunately I don't recall how much we paid for that house but within two years we'd moved to a much nicer home on a more "professional" street in the same town. Now we were surrounded by lawyers, doctors and pharmacists - much more to my husband's liking! And that set up a series of moves approximately every year or two over the next seven years as my spouse grew bored with each home in turn.

Sharing Memories - house on King St.
Sharing Memories - Haunted historic Home
One of the homes I lived in was haunted and is now a historic home in the town.

It was my favourite house and I was sad to have to leave but after he-who-shall-not-be-named declared bankruptcy and skipped town leaving me with a four-year old son and no job (I worked for his dental practice) and a huge loan he'd taken out to start his practice, the bank repossessed it and I was homeless.

Sharing Memories - house on Third St.
Sharing Memories - 16 year home
I've lived in two homes since then as my life became less turbulent and more settled. The next home was with my second husband who was a very wonderful man and a dedicated High School Teacher. We lived in the same home for almost 16 years and raised two sons there.

We also lived on our 1950s wooden boat for almost 3 months of every year and that was an amazing experience! His death in 1993 forced yet another life change on me but I was very lucky to meet yet another good and decent man who I am now married to. 




Sharing Memories - Country house
Sharing Memories - Country house
And so my third husband and I built our dream home on  100 acres in the country. That was 16 years ago and I do believe this might be the last home I live in!

November 24, 2012

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November 23, 2012

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November 22, 2012

GIve the Gift of RootsTech 2013

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November 21, 2012

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November 20, 2012

Hooper-Squires Photo Archives Treasure No. 4

This is the 4th photo in our collection of rescued photographs of the Hooper and Squires families of St. Mary's Ontario Canada. To view all the photos in this collection as they are published here on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, click on Hooper-Squires Photo Archives link.

Hooper Squires Photographs Archive
 This Cabinet Card photo is faded but still adorable. Eight young children in their Sunday best in St. Mary's Perth County Ontario.

The photography studio, J. Leary and Co., was in operation in St. Marys between 1891 and 1896. This helps date this photograph and aids in identifying the family.

I believe these are the following children of George Squires and Louisa Augusta Gunning:

Ettie born 1879
Bertha Louise born 1879
Ida Maud born 1882
Harry Russell born 1884
Lottie May born 1887
Francis Chester born 1889
Verda Pearl born 1891
Edgar Victor born 1892

If I am correct this photo was taken circa 1892-1893.


November 19, 2012

Using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Sketch Kit - It's a Winner

Using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Sketch Kit
Recently I used the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Sketch Kit from Flip-Pal for the first time. I loved it! I've wanted this for some time now and am really happy I finally got it. If you're scratching your head and wondering what the heck Sketch Kit is, here's the deal...

Sketch Kit is a piece of plastic that fits on your Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner bed and allows you to notate photos and documents you are scanning. The Kit consists of the plastic insert and three dry erase markers.

All you do is peel off the paper from both sides of the plastic sheet. That's the hardest part of using Sketch Kit! Once you have it peeled off, you are set to scan.

Using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Sketch Kit - the photo
I took a photo of my grandparents, my mother and aunt taken circa 1920. First I scanned the photo. I should also mention that I did all this from my lap while sitting on my couch!

Ignore the printed material you can see through the glass of the Flip-Pal mobile scanner - that's just a thin book I used to stabilize the scanner while I was using it.

Next I verified with my aunt that I knew who each child was, and I wrote the information on the plastic sheet with the dry erase marker.

Using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Sketch Kit - Notating
Next step was to place the photo on the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner bed again, and then put the plastic notated sheet on top (with the writing facing down the same way as the photo).

After scanning the photo with the notated plastic sheet, I then had two scans - the photo with no information and the photo with the names and date. What a great thing to have handy when I'm out at a museum or archive or library and I want to notate a document with the source.

Using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Sketch Kit
This photo shows the final scan. See the bit of the plastic sheet sticking out from the scanner bed? And the final two scans are shown below.

The one on the left is not annotated, the one on the right has been annotated using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Sketch Kit from Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner 










November 18, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 47): Thinking of Grandma

Sharing Memories: Thinking of Grandma
Grandma Ruth age 14
Welcome to Week 47 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012.   I hope you'll join us and share your memoirs and childhood memories for your descendants.

If you are just joining us, please take a peek at over 150 earlier prompts by clicking on the Sharing Memories tab at the top of Olive Tree Genealogy blog. You can jump in at any time and you can skip topics that you don't like. There are no rules, it's all about getting your memories down on paper. The prompts are here as a guide to help if you are stuck for ideas.

My Grandmother Ruth has been on my mind a lot lately. I really miss her. She wasn't everyone's favourite person - for example she and my mom fought constantly! She was fussy and somewhat timid but she was lively and vivacious and dressed in beautiful red suits. She was afraid of windy days and storms and water. Grandma was rather dramatic (which I loved about her!) and had a nervous disposition. Her hair had a little wave in it and turned a lovely white in later years. And she never developed "old age" spots as many of us do. She had such beautiful English skin! 

Sharing Memories: Thinking of Grandma
Lily, Grandma, my mother 1918
Grandma outlived three husbands and men adored her. She had her choice of boyfriends between each husband, some of them well-off,  but she told me she always married for love. She was born in Ramsgate, Kent England in 1894 and came to Canada with her fiance Charles Fuller in 1913. They married in Toronto Ontario and then moved to Guelph where Grandpa Fuller (who I never knew) got work as a bookkeeper at the Guelph Lumber Company, later becoming manager.

My mother was one of Grandma's three daughters. We didn't see much of Grandma but I sure enjoyed her visits. She lived in our village when I was little, I remember visiting her and her second husband, Daddy Sam, as a youngster. But then she moved back to Guelph and we didn't visit much. I suspect it was because she and my mom didn't get along. But Grandma told me stories of her childhood, of her parents and siblings and I loved listening to them. I didn't care how many times I heard them.

She had a little twitch which I thought was funny but endearing. Her head would twitch slightly and she'd give a gentle sniff and a small involuntary shrug of one shoulder. I have no idea what caused that but she claimed it was because she had Rickets as a child. I'm pretty sure that's not why but that was her story. She was very sickly as a little girl and suffered from headaches and insomnia as an adult.

My mother  told me more than once that the reason she didn't get along with me was because I reminded her of her mother (Grandma Ruth) For I too was sickly as a child and as an adult. I've had poor health and physical problems my whole life. My mother had no patience with illness. As far as she was concerned it didn't exist, it was mind over matter. Illness annoyed her and she let you know, no matter how horrible you felt or how much pain you were in.

Sharing Memories: Thinking of Grandma
Grandma, Grandpa + 3 daughters 1923

 I loved being around Grandma and it's funny to me how different family members have said to me "oh, you're just like Grandma Ruth!" as if that is an insult when to me it's a compliment! Yes she could be annoying with her complaints (too hot, too cold, too windy....etc). Yes she was very fussy. But she had a loving heart and she was never mean or a bully or unkind. And she told great stories and had a wonderful twinkle in her eye and an engaging chuckle.

Grandma gave me many family "treasures" while I was growing up. She saw how interested I was in the stories behind each item - who owned the china toast rack, whose teacup was I drinking out of, and so on. So many of those treasures were passed on to me and I treasure them still. But the one that came full circle was her ruby ring. Grandma loved red. She always wore it and it suited her vivacious personality perfectly.

Her ruby ring was her prized possession and she always promised it to me. But when she died it was given to my cousin (Grandma had 3 granddaughters - my sister and I and one cousin) and I was very upset. My aunt (my cousin's mother) insisted that Grandma had always promised the ruby ring to her daughter and that was who it was going to. Grandma died over 25 years ago and I've never seen the ruby ring since. I've never asked if my cousin still has it or wears it. 

Sharing Memories: Thinking of Grandma
Grandma's Ruby Ring
Then my 88 year old auntie came for my annual Christmas Dinner last year and told me she had something for me. Pulling out a small soft cloth bag she opened it to show me the Ruby ring. I was astounded as her daughter is still alive, but Auntie gave the ring to me and whispered in my ear "Mother always wanted you to have this ring." And now Grandma's Ruby ring is on my finger every day. And I find myself thinking of Grandma Ruth and missing her terribly. But the ring makes me smile and remember all the wonderful times I enjoyed with my lovely vivacious grandmother.

November 17, 2012

Update on Case #14 WW1 Soldier's Watch - Descendants Found!

Another happy ending! I am very pleased to let readers know that we have found the daughter-in-law and two grandsons of Ronald H. Smedley.

Ronald's watch which was given to him by the citizens of his home town for his service in WW1 was found by Chad. Chad contacted Olive Tree Genealogy for help finding Ronald's descendants so he could return the watch. The original post for Case #14 "WW1 Soldier's Pocket Watch Found in Michigan!" is here.

Ronald's grandsons and their mom have all posted comments on the original post with the story of the watch (see below).

It's great to hear from Ronald Smedley's family (Ann, Ronald and James) but please contact me directly. I will put you in touch with Chad, the finder of the watch.

           olivetreegenealogy AT gmail DOT com

Replace AT and DOT with the appropriate symbols.

Here's what Ronald's family had to say:
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Blogger james h smedley said...
hi the watch in the photo looks like the one stolden from my parents house 30 some your ago . his name was ronald herbert smedley , my name is james herbert and my brother name is ronald j . my father was herbert james , my mother sent the link to the sight ( ann smedley )she contacted someone at the sight . she has all the imformation on him, if that is the watch that was taken , we thought we'd never see it again . it would really nice to know who found it and held on to it so long and was nice enough to turn it in to you
thanks
james h smedley

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Anonymous Ann Smedley said...
Ronald Herbert Smedley was my father in law,his son my husband Herbert Jamed Smedley passed away 3 yrs ago.This wathch was taken from our house in Troy 30 yrs ago.We have to sons James Herbert and Ronald both with here Grandfathers names.Would to have this watch back for our sons.Would like to thank Chad for keeping it safe for all these yrs.Would like to know how to get the watch back.Thanks so much never thought I would see the watch again.Ann Smedley

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Anonymous Ronald J Smedley said...
Hello both my brother (Jim H Smedley) and my mom( Ann Smedley) have already left a comment so basically I wanted to reconfirm what they both said. This watch was taken from our home while we were on vacation and thought that it was lost forever. i fondly remember looking at it in its case when i was young. unfortunately my grandfather passed away before i was born so i have no personal memories of him other than pictures and few items my parents had of his( the watch being one of them). it is amazing that after all these years it has resurfaced! i just wish that my father was still with us to enjoy the discovery of his father's long lost watch. i want to put out a huge thank you to the person that found it and wanted to find the proper owner and would love to meet them to give them a personal thanks.
Ron Smedley

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November 16, 2012

MyHeritage Subscription to Give Away

Yesterday I received an email from my friend Mark at MyHeritage.com. Here's part of his email:

Hi Lorine
Happy Birthday!

For your Birthday I'm giving you a free MyHeritage yearlong subscription to give away however or whenever you like.
Mark added that he couldn't give a subscription to me because I already have one! So he thought it would be fun for me to give one away.

So that's what I'm doing. My husband wanted me to reveal my age (xx) and tell everyone that the xx person to email me would get the subscription. Well that's not happening! I'm not about to announce my age in public. So, next best thing...

Since my website Olive Tree Genealogy is 17 years old this winter (gulp!!) and my Olive Tree Genealogy blog is 10 years old this coming February, I'm adding their years together. That means that....

The 27th person to email me at otg.giveaway@gmail.com gets the membership! 

Please put MYHERITAGE SUBSCRIPTION in the subject of your email 

****** UPDATE******
We have a winner! Judy Burdick was the 27th person to email me at otg.giveaway@gmail.com 
Congrats Judy and thank you to Mark and MyHeritage!
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I'll announce the winner here as soon as I hear from the 27th person. Don't forget to give me your full name and email in your note. No need to tell me why you want the membership, just email me.


Create a Genealogy Cover for your iPhone or iPad

Did you know that you can create your own covers for your iPhone or iPad? I've been working on a genealogy design that features either a family tree (my own of course!) or a collage of ancestor photos so that I can give my kids a custom cover for Christmas.

At Zazzle you can create a custom cover or buy one of their ready-made designs. Here's a few examples:



Disclosure: I was given a gift certificate to Zazzle.com for my time and participation

November 15, 2012

Reenie's Day of Fun!

Olive Tree Genealogy is taking a day off. Yes!! Today's my birthday and my husband has planned what he calls "Reenie's Day of Fun"

I'm going to be enjoying four of my favourite activities - dining out, cooking, antiquing and technology.  I won't actually be cooking today, but I will be poking around one of my fav kitchen stores looking for new goodies to buy.

First - breakfast out at a local restaurant. Then to the city to the kitchen store.

Then it's off for lunch at a restaurant I love but rarely get to. I can smell those Red Lobster biscuits already!

Antique Silver Desk Bell
One of my Antique Silver Desk Bells
Lucky me I then get to go to an antique store where hubs has told me to choose one of the antique silver desk bells I've been drooling over. I collect them and have been longing to buy another to add to the collection.

Then a technology store I love to check out the new mini iPad and other stuff.

Wow - Reenie's Day of Fun starts now! I'll be back tomorrow with genealogy news.

November 14, 2012

Genealogy Treasure No. 14: Deed of Land 1922 Card-Hartman-Denison-Foster

This is the 14th set of documents in the batch I purchased at an antique store in Kingston Ontario July 27, 2012. For details, see Found! Treasure Trove of Land Documents from Ontario Canada

 This is a Deed of Land dated 14 September 1922 in Napanee.

It is signed Archie Denison but the parties involved are George A. Hartman and his wife Edith Victoria to Henry Forguson Card, Agent.

A payment of $1.00 is given for a half interest in Lots 1 and 2 on the North side of Dundas St.

The document states that the land is described in detail in a deed from Mary Adney Foster to George Albert Hartman and Henry Forguson Card dated 8 March 1920.
More documents will follow as I scan them and extract their details. To view all documents as they are published on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, click on Lennox-Addington Collection in the tags at the end of this post.

If you are a descendant and would like to see these records, please contact me. Just click on ABOUT LORINE and scroll to the bottom of the page to obtain an email address.