The Blue Blot

notes, finds & fragments of research

Tag Archives: Genealogy

Opulence, Opera & Opium ~ The Associative Mind at Work

The associative mind, apparently, can work its way through memories and general knowledge – linking them, crossing continents and centuries, to finally land where the music starts.

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October 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

To the Indies in the East ~ The Manuscript Journal of a Young Ships-Doctor, 1840-1841

There are moments in the life of a historical researcher and writer that cause a feeling of bliss; often related to either a lucky find or a great new subject … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bloody Excuses ~ because Apples don’t fall far from Trees

Hoorah! We finally have scientific support for pushing our personal flaws and problems back to our ancestors. It is not my fault, my grandfather was already born this way.

March 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Stray Paper ~ The Ximenes Family Record

It often puzzles me how family papers can go astray. Of course, there are many explanations possible: It could have ended up in a book, never retrieved, and the book … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Blood & Genes will always be ~ Research after the Descendants of ‘Count Dracula’

Where I don’t care much for the news I have read about opening the grave of a Florentine noblewoman to prove she could (or could not be) the woman commonly … Continue reading

August 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

On Ancestry & History

Nowadays we take it almost for granted to step into a car or an aeroplane to set our journey to another country. In school I was taught that people gained … Continue reading

December 18, 2011 · 1 Comment

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