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July 28, 2009

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Joanna

Alas, no journals but lots of letters (or copies) from various relatives and ancestors (two that an ancestress wrote in 1835 and '36!). Takes some sleuthing to figure out who certain passages refer to, but they've yielded important insights when I have.

Funny you should mention land in Texas... My Swedish grandmother's brothers were suckered into spending a small fortune on (10?) acres there that turned out to be worthless except for growing sagebrush. A great-aunt paid the taxes on it well into the 1980s, her rationale being "it might be worth something someday". Far as I know, it never was and never will be.

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