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Oct. 17th, 2011

03:49 pm - the truth project

does the truth projects stand against the biological science of evolution invalidate their whole project or just the science part?

Jul. 18th, 2011

11:17 am - Lingering Lies: The Persistent Influence of Misinformation: Scientific American


Lingering Lies: The Persistent Influence of Misinformation: Scientific American

09:35 am - notes on my ggfather harry f williams

the ever elusive harry f williams timeline
tie together the cast of characters to hfw in phila then to his swedish roots.
the purpose is to find hfw's swedish name via associations made after arrival in philadelphia

cast of characters:
anton lundgren and his wife anna, his brother victor e, his sister jenny.
sophie and her sister hilda ekstrom, her half brother olof,
hilda's husband karl johan kihlstrom in sweden, john carl kilstrom-in amerika
carl arvid kallstrom described as hfw's cousin on ship arrival,
charles kelstrom who lives with hfw in 1903, next door to ben johnson when he drowns, is this trigger for hfw's demise?
charles kelstrom's sister theresa josefia-married to ben johnson


1. aug 1863 HFW is born in sweden in 1900 census<

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the ever elusive harry f williams timeline
tie together the cast of characters to hfw in phila then to his swedish roots.
the purpose is to find hfw's swedish name via associations made after arrival in philadelphia

cast of characters:
anton lundgren and his wife anna, his brother victor e, his sister jenny.
sophie and her sister hilda ekstrom, her half brother olof,
hilda's husband karl johan kihlstrom in sweden, john carl kilstrom-in amerika
carl arvid kallstrom described as hfw's cousin on ship arrival,
charles kelstrom who lives with hfw in 1903, next door to ben johnson when he drowns, is this trigger for hfw's demise?
charles kelstrom's sister theresa josefia-married to ben johnson


1. aug 1863 HFW is born in sweden in 1900 census<<current hypothesis he is a kelstrom
2. 3 July 1865 birth Anton Johan Leonard Lundgren in Lovö, Stockholms län, Sweden
1866 birth of hfw according to 1910 census- memory slippage?
10. 3 Nov 1867 born Theresia Josefina Carlsdotter in Svenljunga, Västra Götaland, Sweden, brother is charles kilstrom, drowned
3. 5 jul 1874 serafia ekstrom born blekinge ian, sweden
9. 13 Nov 1874 born John Carl Kilstrom in Stockholm, sweden, he marries hilda ekstrom, swedish name karl johan kihlstrom
8. 1874, born Carl Arvid Källström, he is hfw's cousin
11. 1874 Charles Kilstorm born in sweden, might be karl rudolph kelstrom, lives with hfw in 1903, machinist, dies in river drowning 1913
1878 HFW arrival in 1910 census<---he's 15, my dad thought he arrived with 2 uncles who later appear as boarders whose names he recognized, otto?
1880 first papers index in phila for harry williams from sweden
1880 anton lundgren in stockholm living in house owned by Nils Johan Johansson, bricklayer
1882 harry f arrival in 1900 census<<<make this latest possible arrival
1882 harry f williams, carpenter, appears in phila dir
4. 13 oct 1884 olof ekstrom born sweden
I. 1885 anton lundgrens wife to be, anna, arrives phila 1885, ?what is her maiden name? anna anderson
A. 1890 anton lundgren arrives phila
?does anton come to phila because harry is here? anyone meet him at dock? nothing on ships list
?where is ekstrom family in 1890 swedish census?--->in blekinge, married 3rd wife 1899, kid 1902
B. 1891 anton's brother victor arrives phila<<<what happens to him?
C. 1892 anton's sister jenny arrives in phila<<<who does she marry?
*jenny is met by her brother, address unreadable 860 ricepolk
1892 anton and anna marry, first child 1893
D. *12 apr 1896 serafia arrived phila on rhyland met by a lindgren living at 918 dailey st<---this is key element
?how does anton lindgren know serafia? possible-amah. so how does anton lundgren find serafia in sweden?
?how does serafia meet hfw? do lundgren's live near hfw? do anton and hfw work together?
E. 1897-1898 olof ekstrom visits US, in 1902 arrival line. have 1st trip in 1900 for sure
1899 HFW marriage to serafia ekstrom in phila
E. Aug 1899 anton l returns to Philadelphia from visiting home.
5. 1899 elsie may born. less then 9 mo?
E. 25 may 1900 olof ek. leaves sweden for US--1st time
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1900 us federal census
1900 census HFW and sophie living at 504 n 8th st Philadelphia, Pennsylvania--boarders
where is anton lundgren living? 2436 watt st.
pause for a moment. where are all the main characters?

Swedish Census 1900 August Gustafsson Ekström Ida Charlotta Lindström Sigfrid Wilhelm Tage Adolf Wirelius Nils Johan Konrad They all live at Stora Mölebo Nr 2, S:t Sigfrid (parish), Kalmar, Småland
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1901 phila dir williams harry f restaurant 40 s 4th h 504 n 8th<<<< first dir entry for restaurant
17 March 1901 - FOR SALE - Light lunch and restaurant, doing good business; sickness cause selling 40 S. 4th St
E. *20 sep 1902 sophia ekstrom meets olof t ekstrom at docks on noordland, occupation waiter has $822 from malmo<<<<
?are the swedish ekstroms financing the restaurant? not a swedish cultural thing
F. *h f william picks up cousin carl a kallstrom from the same boat
G. *30 Sep 1902 HFW meets hilda ekstrom at phila docks on rhyland, has $4.50
?why aren't olof and hilda travelling together? leave from different places in sweden.
1903 hilda ekstrom marries john k kilstrom in phila<<<it's been a year since she arrived, what is the relationship? must be arranged.
1903, phila dir, page 1375, Kilstrom Chas, machinist, 508 N 8th
6. 1904 nils harry born
7. 1905 oscar patrick born
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1910 us federal census
1910 census HFW and sophia living at 504 n 8th st Philadelphia--no boarders
1910 census anton living at 2436 sarah watts st
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14 oct 1911 marriage license Olof Ekstrom, 508 North Eighth street, and Alma Lund, Ardmore, Pa.
1911 real estate exchange hfw, sophie corner lot, 504 n 8th st.
21 may 1913 charles kelstrom drowns at vine st pier
1914 last directory entry for harry f williams
1918 first dir entry listing sophie as widow of harry f, the word dining appears in the dir
12 sep 1918 draft card OTE is carpenter wife alma address 5440 regent phila pa
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1920 us federal census
1920 census sophia in phila---boarders, 2 swedes
1920 olof ekstrom in phila
1920 john and hilda kilstrom living at 2235 north carlisle
?where are lundgren's?
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1921 harry f williams carpenter, odd fellow, immigrated 1908?, born 1863 in stockholm, dies in tampa
1923 ekstrom, olof painter living at 5440 regent phila, last phila directory online
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1930 us federal census
1930 sophie in florida
1930 olof ekstrom in phila
1930 nils harry williams has household in phila, my dad born 1929
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21 nov 1934 sophie williams dies in Miami Beach, Dade, Florida


my dad knew and liked oscar patrick, yet he didn't know hfw's swedish name, he knew sophia ekstrom. he had sophies death certificate. he thought he found hfw's arrival boat, with 2 uncles.
how could my dad have found hfw's arrival boat, when i've been unable to these last 2 months? did he have something i still don't know?

questions:
does harry arrive by himself, with uncles, or with his family?


todo list
incorporate this advice

One thing you might want to consider in your note taking is when you get a piece of info such as the name of a Carl Kalstrom and birthdate be sure to include the whole date and where you obtatined it suchsas: "information provided by jab on 7-15-2011 from the Swedish Church records" If I give you a record reference, you can use that also. That way you can tell new finds from old finds. Keep them all, you never know when something will trigger a new search. Also sometimes when you know something is wrong ---- keep it but identify it as being incorrect so that you can avoid getting caught up in it again! Different colors also can help make something stand out or be specific for certain items; Census year headings, death dates, something to break up the black and white and encourage reviewing!

legend:
numbers=births
cap letters=verified arrivals

09:23 am - so you schook your family tree and a swede fell out---now what?

here's a quick family tree research update to immediate family, our cousins found on ancestry, and our dear interested friends-

we've always known that my paternal grandparents were swedish. dad would mention the old swedes in philadelphia and talked about visiting oscar in florida.
about the swedish boys playing basketball against the italians on his childhood street in philadelphia, because everyone knew who was on which team.

we knew their american names: harry f and sophie williams. we knew he had changed his name from the swedish. so we knew we were borrowed williams with no relationship possible with any other williams we might meet. we're not english or welsh, we're the swedish williams.

we found his wife- sophie ekstrom pretty soon after starting the genealogy research, 2 months ago now.
after about 2 weeks working with the wrong swedish great grandmother-sophia, we found the right one-serafia. and met jab-a swedish american in texas, who set the record straight.
but great grandfather harry f williams, hereafter known as the ever elusive harry f, has eluded and painfully deceived us at every twist and turn.
while we found the german hedrichs, the irish philadelphian masons(henry j who fought for the yankees), the virginian saunders and pughs and broaches(confederates all), in the meanwhile harry f remained, unknown, unfound.

at this point eva-in sweden, and jab, 2 very competent, very experienced swedish genealogists(and very nice) have worked dozens of hours reading handwritten, not indexed, parish and household records looking for my/our ancestors. thank you, we would never have gotten anywhere without you.

it is so complex, so twisting, so many problems that i started a tree just for him http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/28241493/family?cfpid=12017921117 and his research.
a long note of what we know about him, attached, if you want to jump in, read this. any help appreciated. i'm rewriting it this week(encouraged by jab) trying to make it more readable this week.

so, this extraordinary scavenger hunt for harry f is potentially reaching a conclusion soon(in genealogical time, not our normal time), we have 1 known cousin-carl arvid kilstrom(but unfortunately not his parents yet, another false lead there), 2 potential cousin branches, where we know the parents:charles kilstrom, his sister teresa and hilda's husband johan karl kilstrom. we've verified what my dad said about swedish relations sending home for spouses, hilda and john for example.

it's been an amazing journey, you can read lots of it in the comments on either harry f's tree or my main one, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/26804244/family?cfpid=1923138889

with the advent of genetic testing, things change. we will be able to prove relationships with people in sweden through y chromosome homology. i'm I2a2 isles rs9786562 = C(everyone else known are T) paternal haplogrouping, so will be steve and his son and my sons, and grandson julian. and our swedish relations. so when they get tested and make their results public the connection via the rs9786562 = C mutation will pop out(if it didn't occur since harry f, it would be like him to be the origin!). so i bought an onsale(of course) ftdna kit to get more and different data on the y chromosome.

so, at this point, we might really be kihlstroms, or kilstroms, or kallstroms or kelstroms .......

and along the way, we've learned a lot about swedish military names, household examination records, crossed out names on almost unreadable parish records, comings and goings records, signing for your relatives at the philadelphia docks, the questions asked by immigration officers of our ancestors(are you crazy or lame, how much money do you have in your pockets, who paid for your ticket, for example), learned about history-the clearance of danes from skane for example, cuisine, about sweden's big TV contest for swedish americans. that a quarter of swedes left home for america, what a grass widow is.

see what you've missed *grin*

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richard williams

epistemology in a nutshell!!!

The issue is illustrated in an anecdote about three baseball umpires who were arguing about their job. Each called balls and strikes; each was bragging as to who did the best job. Said one: “I call them as I see them—and no one can do better than that.” The second retorted, “That’s nothing: I call them as they are.” The third paused a moment, and finally added: “They ain’t nothing until I call them—and then that’s what they are.”
from: http://www.wordorigins.org/index.php/site/comments/comedy_and_philosophy/

Jun. 15th, 2011

05:34 pm - A new study should finally convince parents to get their boys vaccinated against HPV—if they don't g


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May. 24th, 2011

06:17 pm - family tree

i've been researching my family tree for a few weeks now on ancestry.com. anyone a genealogical researcher?
mine http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/26804244/family
alma's http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/26833486/family
everything together http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/27292689/family

i could use some help on european searches. going to sweden, ireland, and germany to find emigrant ancestors.

May. 11th, 2011

02:32 pm - Complete Genomics Doing Well in 2011, Thousands More Genomes On Order | Singularity Hub


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i think i'm going to put some ira money here for long term growth

Apr. 23rd, 2011

03:59 pm - Easter Re-considered | elephant journal


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Mar. 9th, 2011

09:47 pm - rocketstoves.org :: free local energy *


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06:30 am - Motorcycle Touring For Beginners


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06:14 am - Top 50 Campsites in Arizona | GreatOutdoors.com


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Mar. 7th, 2011

10:22 pm - The Ashtray: The Ultimatum (Part 1) - NYTimes.com


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10:57 am - Will Oil Prices Kill the Recovery? - Daniel Indiviglio - Business - The Atlantic


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08:28 am - Artificial nerve grafts made from spider silk : Neurophilosophy


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08:11 am - Book Review - To a Mountain in Tibet - By Colin Thubron - NYTimes.com


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Mar. 6th, 2011

07:17 pm - Civil war in Libya, intervention by the West already a reality By William Bowles « Dandelion Salad


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Mar. 3rd, 2011

11:18 am - Iran’s State of Fear by Haleh Esfandiari | NYRBlog | The New York Review of Books


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Feb. 21st, 2011

11:38 am - 12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free - StumbleUpon


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Feb. 17th, 2011

05:03 pm - Discovery of jumping gene cluster tangles tree of life | Research News @ Vanderbilt | Vanderbilt Uni


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12:38 pm - Teardrop Camper Trailer — DIY How-to from Make: Projects


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11:59 am - Closer to Truth


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anyone watching these?

09:43 am - the creationists’ unwitting butler » weird things


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there is something here i need to understand.
this either-or dichotomize thinking.
emptying out the middle positions, call them accommodationists

09:29 am - Experimental Theology: How Facebook Killed the Church


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Feb. 16th, 2011

05:48 pm - Area teachers weigh in on suspended blogger - timesherald.com


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Feb. 13th, 2011

11:15 am - Uncovered Gem: Tolstoy's Grandson Meets the Dalai Lama | Brain Pickings


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there is a 39 min youtube to watch here

02:12 am - Ben Griffith: What the Tea Party And Evangelicals Both Get Wrong

What is interesting and troubling at the same time is that the Tea Party is using the Constitution the same way that so many fundamentalist Christians use the Bible. The basic idea for fundamentalist Christians is that simply reading the Bible will cause you to arrive at a basic meaning that all rational beings should automatically interpret -- the plain sense meaning. They deny any kind of subjectivity in the reading process; there is no textual agency taking place. The text speaks its meaning to the passive reader.

Many Christians place enormous emphasis on the text of the Bible as the ultimate source of information and compliment their high view of Scripture with an equally high view of an interpreter's ability to objectively read the text and arrive at the same answers. Much the same way, Tea Party proponents have elevated the Constitution's status and claimed that every reasonable person should read it and automatically come over to their side.

A belief that a text speaks its own meaning and should convince someone based on its own inherent meaning not only ignores the past half century of philosophical thought, but it brims with the arrogance required to claim that everyone who disagrees with you is either too incompetent or too dishonest to acknowledge the obvious meaning. A personal claim to objective reading exhibits an inability to claim the subjective influences that alter each person's perception and gets in the way of healthy dialogue whether political or religious.
Ben Griffith: What the Tea Party And Evangelicals Both Get Wrong

this is a hermeneutic and maybe an epistemic observation.
is it accurate?

Feb. 11th, 2011

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09:08 am - Paul Pardi: Religion is Evolving Before Our Eyes


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Feb. 10th, 2011

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Feb. 7th, 2011

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Feb. 6th, 2011

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Feb. 4th, 2011

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Jan. 31st, 2011

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They in turn were deeply influenced by Gandhi’s character and his philosophy of nonviolence, accepting the Gandhian invitation to self-examination and self-criticism which stemmed from his belief that no one possesses the whole truth. For Gandhi, truth emerges only through empathetic encounter with “the Other.”

The time may be right for the emergence of a Muslim Gandhi for the 21st century.

Today, political Islam is largely an ideological response to the dominance of the West in our time. The success political Islam has enjoyed in recent times has largely been a result of the failure of the secular state, modeled on the West, to provide a space where democratic culture and faith traditions can both thrive.

Post-colonial secular governments have often been aggressive in their project of modernization, lacking in sensitivity toward religion and forcefully authoritarian in their politics. As such, they have failed to capture the allegiance of faithful Muslims.
Could uprisings in Egypt and the Arab world produce a 'Muslim Gandhi'? - CSMonitor.com

Jan. 22nd, 2011

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Jan. 21st, 2011

10:47 am - Republicans claim the poor caused the global financial collapse. New economic evidence proves they'r


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Jan. 18th, 2011

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Jan. 17th, 2011

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Jan. 13th, 2011

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