4 stories of hidden treasures you can still look for today.

4 stories of hidden treasures you can still look for today.

There’s reason to believe you could find a major treasure horde.  After all, there are quite a few still out there just waiting to be unearthed!  Here are just 4 stories of hidden treasures you can still look for today as long as you have a metal detector. For most metal detectorists, the thrill of …

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Smashed brick wall: Prominent Busse and Froemling families of Chicago.

Smashed brick wall: Prominent Busse and Froemling families of Chicago.

There’s nothing like the feeling of solving a mystery like the one about the biological family of my husband’s grandmother Louise Reynolds. Born in October of 1911, she was given up for adoption. A wonderful couple, William Dennis Matthews and his wife Claudia adopted her and a little boy, William Dennis Matthews, Jr.   She …

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Transcription: Society at Richmond, The Washington Post, March 28, 1915

Transcription: Society at Richmond, The Washington Post, March 28, 1915

Although this article from the Washington Post Society Column of March 28, 1915 does not mention any individuals I am researching, it is on a newspaper page copy that does. I am posting the transcription of this and numerous other articles from this page as it is a wealth of names and information of society …

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Transcription: Hyattsville Society, The Washington Post, March 28, 1915

Transcription: Hyattsville Society, The Washington Post, March 28, 1915

The following is a transcription from a very poor quality copy of the Washington Post of March 28, 1915. Every effort has been made to accurately decipher the text, but where this was not possible the text has been represented below by [???an ?. ?????]. In many instances, it’s impossible to even decipher the quantity …

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Transcription: Tombstone of Clayton William Blythe and Erwin Oliver Blythe

Transcription: Tombstone of Clayton William Blythe and Erwin Oliver Blythe

BLYTHE (Left Side) Father Clayton 1883-1943 (Right Side) Son Erwin O. 1911-1927 Irving Park Cemetary, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ____________________ The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using …

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Transcription: Tombstone of Christian Biller (1792-1873)

Transcription: Tombstone of Christian Biller (1792-1873)

Christian Biller was buried in the Tomahawk Pond Cemetery (aka Antioch, Barb Schoolhouse, Biller-Estep Cemeteries) in Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States.   Transcription: Christian Biller Born Dec. 17, 1792 Died Aug. 15, 1873 Aged 80 yrs 8 mos & 29 days ____________________ The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, …

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Transcription: In Memoriam for Philomène Bisson (1839-1919)

Transcription: In Memoriam for Philomène Bisson (1839-1919)

A LA DOUCE MEMOIRE DE Dame PHILOMÈNE BISSON Epouse de FEU SIEUR NARCISSE GRÉGOIRE Décédée à St Sauveur de Québec, le 25 décembre 1919, a l’age de 80 ans. ———————- Mon Dieu j’ai achevé ma course, mon pèlerinage est terminé ; j’ai consommé l’oeuvre que vous m’aviez conflée et maintenant je retourne à vous a …

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Genealogy obsession in Iceland opens academic doors.

Genealogy obsession in Iceland opens academic doors.

As I’ve written in previous posts, much of human history has involved the management of relationships, marriages, etc. to safeguard against incestuous relationships, and has resulted in an impressive genealogy obsession in Iceland. Iceland, with its population of only 320,000, is one small corner of the globe that still deals with the issues of living …

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Ingenius incest prevention app created by University of Iceland students.

Ingenius incest prevention app created by University of Iceland students.

I previously wrote an article about my fascination with the ‘science of husbandry on a human scale‘. My interest in this subject was piqued by my own Acadian ancestry and the Acadians’ practice of ‘managing’ biological relationships through the church in order to safeguard against close relatives marrying and having children. This has been a …

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Transcription: Obituary for Clermont Boily

Transcription: Obituary for Clermont Boily

Here is my transcription of the obituary for Clermont Boily. Décés et fuérailles de Clermont Boily (noted in handwriting: fils Cleophas 13) A sa résidence, le 30 janvier 1983, à l’âge de 59 ans et 6 mois est décédé Clermont Boily, époux en premières noces de feu dame Irène Turmel et en secondes noces de …

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I’d like to see an open and free exchange of genealogical data.

I’d like to see an open and free exchange of genealogical data.

Ideally, I’d like to see an open and free exchange of genealogical data. I’ve long been a proponent of the open and free exchange of genealogy data to ensure ready access to information for everyone researching their family history. This morning, however, I read “Cooperation Makes Records Available for Free” at FamilySearch.org and it made …

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Transcription: Mme Anne-Marie Bourgeois (1912-2001).

Transcription: Mme Anne-Marie Bourgeois (1912-2001).

Below is my transcription of the newspaper notice of the death of Anne-Marie Bourgeois. BOURGEOIS MME ANNE-MARIE Au Foyer de Saint-Célestin, le 30 juin 2001, es décédée à l’âge de 88 ans, Mme Anne-Marie Bourgeois, épouse en premières noces de feu Lucien Bourgeois et en secondes noces de feu Welly Luazière, autrefois de Sainte-Monique. La …

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Transcription: Marriage Cerificate for Irenée Aucoin and Marguerite Girroir.

Transcription: Marriage Cerificate for Irenée Aucoin and Marguerite Girroir.

Below is my transcription of the marriage certificate for Trenée Aucoin and Marguerite Girroir.   (a) PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA Date and place of Marriage:  22 May, 1872, Arichat, Co. Richmond How Married ; by License or Banns:  By Banns Full Name of GROOM:  Irenée Aucoin His age:  28 years Condition (Bachelor or Widower):  Bachelor …

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Transcription: ‘In Memoriam’ for Casildée Lavallée and Antoine Labelle.

Transcription: ‘In Memoriam’ for Casildée Lavallée and Antoine Labelle.

The following is my transcription of the ‘In Memoriam’ card for Casildée Lavallée and Antoine Labelle.   A la douce mémoire de CASILDÉE LAVALLÉE épouse de feu ANTOINE LABELLE décédée à Ottawa le 15 juin, 1964 à l’âge de 89 ans et de ANTOINE LABELLE décédée à Sault Ste-Marie le 18 mars 1944 à l’âge …

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Transcription: Tombstones of James and Sarah Anderson (née Thomas).

Transcription: Tombstones of James and Sarah Anderson (née Thomas).

The following are my transcriptons of the tombstones of James and Sarah Anderson (née Thomas).   Tombstone of James Anderson, M.D. James Anderson M.D. Died 7th […] (The image for this tombstone is very poor quality and almost unreadable.) Tombstone of Sarah (Thomas) Anderson SARAH Wife of James Anderson M.D. Died 6 Mo. 29, 1869 …

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Transcriptions: Obituaries for Albertine Audet-Turmel.

Transcriptions: Obituaries for Albertine Audet-Turmel.

Following are my translated transcriptions for the obituaries of Albertine Audet-Turmel in their original French. Original French Texts Obituary #1 TURMEL Albertine (née Audet). Au Foyer Nazareth, le 20 juin 1992, à l’âge de 93 ans et 8 mois, est décédée dame Albertine Audet, épouse de feu monsieur Michel Turmel. Elle demeurait à Québec. La …

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Transcription – Death Certificate for Marieanne T. Bourgeois

Transcription – Death Certificate for Marieanne T. Bourgeois

The following is my transcription of the death certificate of Marieanne T. Bourgeois while trying to remain as true to the original form as possible. DEATH CERTIFICATION The State of New Hampshire This is to certify that the following is a true copy of facts recorded on the death record of the individual named hereon, …

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Transcription: Obituary for Marieanne Turmel Bourgeois

Transcription: Obituary for Marieanne Turmel Bourgeois

The following is my transcription of the newspaper article or obituary for Marieanne Turmel Bourgeois. Emile Bourgeois Mrs. Marieanne Turmel Bourgeois, 82, widow of Emile Paul Bourgeois, formerly of 1200 Elm St., died Friday night at a Manchester nursing home after a long illness. She was born in St. Agnes, County Beauce, Que., the daughter …

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Transcription: ‘In Memoriam’ for Lillian A. Auclair.

Transcription: ‘In Memoriam’ for Lillian A. Auclair.

Following is my transcription of the ‘In Memoriam’ funeral card for Lillian A. Auclair (Lillian Active Paradis-Auclair).   In loving memory of Lillian A. Auclair Died July 1, 1969 PRAYER O GENTLEST Heart of Jesus ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory have mercy …

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ABOUT THIS SITE...

This is my blog chronicling my ongoing genealogy and family tree research. A second static site called Blythe Genealogy is my genealogy database of approximately 80,000 individuals, including sources, documents, photos, etc. This database consists of the highly sourced main branches of our family trees.

We do have a master database of 125,000 individuals (including distant collateral lines) that is not published because it requires more sources and cleanup work.

I'm a wife and mother, with a wonderful husband and two great 'kids' who are now young adults, and we live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada - in the great city of Chilliwack, to be exact (one hour from Vancouver).

Empty Nest Ancestry and Blythe Genealogy are websites designed to make all of my genealogy research available to others at no charge. I'd like nothing better than to promote this as a free exchange of information for all genealogy researchers.

It is important to keep in mind as you explore this site that I make no guarantees. My entire body of research is here, including speculations and unsubstantiated information. All information is only as good as the sources cited. Any speculations are clearly stated along with my reasons for them.

MY FAMILY HISTORY

My family's genealogy is mostly French and French Canadian.

Originating in France, both my father's and mother's branches were original settlers in Canada.My father's family immigrated from France to Quebec sometime in the 17th century, with my father's family living mostly around Beauce and Lac Megantic.

My mother's family immigrated from France to Nova Scotia on the ship 'Satisfaction' under command of Peter Butler and in company of Sir Thomas Temple in 1657. These original settlers along the Atlantic became known as l'Acadie (the Acadians). My mother's maiden name is Melanson and she is directly descended from Pierre (dit Laverdure) and Priscilla Mellanson, who are on record in London with their children prior to making the crossing.

MARK'S FAMILY HISTORY

Mark's family's genealogy is varied and fascinating, including Welsh, French, British, Swedish, Danish, Canadian, Spanish, and numerous others.

On his father's side it includes Welsh Quakers who immigrated to America at the time of and some with William Penn. From these Welsh Quakers is his family's royal connections with several of his multiple great grandparents having been Kings and Queens of England. As a result of the royal lineage, his family is linked to every nation that ever married into the British royal family.

On his mother's side is Swedish and Danish ancestry as his great-grandparents immigrated to America in the late 1800's and early 1900's from Sweden. Shortly after, they settled in Saskatchewan, Canada as a result of the promise of free workable land on the Canadian prairie.

BLYTHE GENEALOGY DATABASE

My Blythe genealogy database is part of this site and is easily accessed through the upper menu.

This is where all specific data, relationships, images, documents and sources are available for free download. Don't leave this site without exploring it first.

There is true treasure there.Weave all of this together with sometimes humorous, scandalous and completely fascinating stories of ancestral family members and you have this site.

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