Author Archives: Rachelle

The Dibben Family Divided – Immigration to America vs. Remain in England

Rueben and Mary Ann (Boiling) Dibben had 11 children that lived until adulthood. I have reviewed the census records, marriage records and death indexes on Find my Past to determine if they stayed in England and this is what I … Continue reading

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Two Brothers Married Two Sisters: The Story of George Dibben

Remember when I mentioned that John Dibben had 10 other sisters and brothers? John was the oldest and one is tempted to believe that he would be the leader in immigration to the United States. In fact, that was what … Continue reading

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The Dibben’s Choose Chicago

Why would John and Olive Dibben decide to move to Chicago, Illinois to start their new life? I have wondered what they heard about the city that helped make their decision to move there from England in 1873. Perhaps they … Continue reading

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The Dibben’s of Sussex, England

Originally when I started this blog entry, I wanted to write about my Great-Grandfather Walter Dibben who was an entrepreneur from Chicago and made his fortune in Los Angeles with only an 8th-grade education.  But I have found that I … Continue reading

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Our Matriarch is Gone – Olive Margaret Dibben Cork Kemp (1917-2018)

It’s been a hard year…I know I haven’t posted in a long time.  I have simply not had the time or mental space to write or do genealogy. One of the biggest reasons is that my beloved Grandmother Olive passed … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors: Week 9 – Where there is a will, there is usually a revelation…

You can tell a lot about a person from their will when it is combined with other genealogical documents. When someone makes a will, they have the chance to express their feelings about their family and friends. Sometimes it is … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors Week 5: Census – My Most Unusual Census Record and the Eloise Asylum

A few years ago I read the memoir Annie’s Ghost by Steve Luxenberg. It begins with the death of Luxenberg’s mother and finding out that he and his siblings were now responsible for the grave site of an aunt he never … Continue reading

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