Unearthing History – Our Mining Roots: Part V

This is the fifth post in a series that follow my Thompson ancestors from the lowlands of Scotland to Guthrie County, Iowa.  This post will follow the migration to the United States between 1870 and 1910.  Many of the pictures below were shared by Jane M. – a granddaughter of Martha …

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Unearthing History – Our Mining Roots: Part IV

This is the fourth post in a series that follow my Thompson ancestors from the lowlands of Scotland to Guthrie County, Iowa.  Links to earlier posts can be found at the bottom of this page. The Mines Act of 1842 In 1840, Lord Ashley led the “Royal Commission of Inquiry into …

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Unearthing History – Our Mining Roots: Part II

This is the second post in a series that follow my Thompson ancestors from the lowlands of Scotland to Guthrie County, Iowa.  You can go back and read Part I if you missed it.  In the early 1800’s, Thomas Thomson was a collier working in the industrial lowlands of Scotland.  He and wife, …

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Unearthing History – Our Mining Roots: Part I

This is the first post in a series that follow my Thompson ancestors from the lowlands of Scotland to Guthrie County, Iowa.  My Special Person Do you have that one ancestor that you are drawn to? An inexplicable connection with one person in particular? Sandy is my person.  He’s the …

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