What if they were friends?

One aspect of our lives that rarely appears in our family trees are our friends.  Unless someone marries one, or the child of one, you really don't know much about your family's friends. My gg-grandparents Robert William Black and Emily Kinley Wilson are alleged to be cousins of some sort.  Unfortunately, due to the paucity …

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Can Alien Ladies Vote?

Updated 19 September 2017 (124th Anniversary of the Suffrage Vote) New Zealand is very proud of the fact that it was the first "country" (it was still really a British colony) to give women the vote.  The Electoral Act 1893 was enacted on 19 September 1893 in preparation for 28 November elections. My gg-grandmother Emily …

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The American Connection

Updated: 19 December 2013 [A less current variation on this story appears in the October 2013 issue of the New Zealand Genealogist.  The theme of the issue was family taonga (Maori for treasure) and it features the bible I have inherited which belonged to Emily.  Scan.  Transcript.] I am 1/16th American.  My great-great grandmother Emily …

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