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Volume 9: Lisa Frilling (2008): 67 Clay Street, Manistee, Michigan: Reconstructing the World of Dora Hansen

Heartland 9 / WVT 2008

ISBN 978-3-86821-092-7

€ 26,00 • $ 35,00

 

67 Clay Street, Manistee, Michigan: Reconstructing the World of Dora Hansen

A collection of letters obtained at an auction constitutes the corpus for this investigation. From 1909 to 1913, these 39 letters were written by eleven writers, mostly young women, who all had their roots in Manistee, Michigan, to a young woman from Detroit. The objective of this project is to reconstruct the lives and social circumstances of the individual letter-writers with the help of various online and software tools, as well as on-site research. From a translation research perspective, these letters present a highly valuable resource.

A glossary is provided to familiarize the reader with seldom-used expressions, many of them genealogy-related. In the appendix, a transcription of each of the letters can be found. Besides that, the original letters were scanned and saved in an image database attached to this project.

247 pages, 112 images; image database: 280 pictures

 

Table of Contents

1 The Personal Letters of Dora Hansen as a Corpus for Cultural Studies 4

2  From Handwritten Letters to Genealogical Research 7
2.1  Genealogy on the Web 8
2.1.1  Ancestry 8
2.1.2  FamilySearch 10
2.1.3 RootsWeb 11
2.1.4  Genealogy.com 12
2.1.5 U.S. GenWeb 13
2.1.6 Cyndi’s List 14
2.1.7 GenCircles 15
2.1.8 Ancestor Hunt 16
2.2  Internet-supported Research 17
2.2.1  Google Web Search 17
2.2.2 MetaCrawler Web Search 18
2.2.3 White Pages People Search 19
2.2.4 ZoomInfo  20

3 In Dora Hansen’s Footsteps: A Research Trip to Michigan 21

4  Documenting and Archiving Research Findings 28
4.1 Genbox 28
4.2 PAF (Personal Ancestral File)  33
4.3 Family Tree Maker on Ancestry  36
4.4 Google Picasa  38
4.5 Google Maps 40
4.6 FreeMind 44

5 Researching the Lives of Correspondents 48
5.1 Tillie alias Marie 50
5.2 Amelia Larsen 59
5.3 Agnes Hansenn 60
5.4 Lillian, Gertrude, Ernest and Rosalind Hansen 61
5.5 Anna Sherman  64
5.6 Emma Hansen 66
5.7 Ethel 67
5.8 Helen Larsen  67
5.9 Dynamics and Relationships among the Correspondents 68

6  Exploring Dora’s World 73
6.1 Content Analysis in Cultural Studies 73
6.2 Qualitative versus Quantative Content Analysis 74
6.3 Content Analysis of Dora Hansen’s Letters 76
6.4 A Text Analysis of the Letters 77
6.5 Analyzing Topics and Fields 81
6.5.1 Family 82
6.5.2 Places 83
6.5.3 Towns, Cities and Other Locations 85
6.5.4 Free Time Activities 87
6.5.5 First Names 89
6.5.6 Objects  91
6.5.7 Adjectives 92
6.5.8 Surnames 94
6.5.9 Religion  95
6.6  Preliminary Analysis 95

7  Dora Hansen’s Family and Life 98
7.1 The Hansen Family 99
7.2 The Barr Family 108
7.3 The Hansen-Barr Family 113
7.4 Dora’s Manistee at the Time of the Letters 124
7.4.1 The History of Manistee, "Spirit of the Woods" 124
7.4.2 Dora’s Social Life 127
7.4.3 Marriages 128
7.4.4 Lodges 131
7.4.5 Amusements 132

8  Dora’s Life in Its Historical Context 135
8.1 Women’s Social Circumstances in Dora’s Generation 135
8.1.1 Dora, Between Household and Husband-to-Be 138
8.2 Danish Immigration 141
8.2.1 A Second-Generation Immigrant 142

9 Glossary 144

10 Analyzing Letters as an Approach to Cultural Studies 159
Sources 161
Table of Images 168
Appendix 173

 

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