Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 18 Oct 2017.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 18 Oct 2017.

The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 18 Oct 2017.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 18 Oct 2017.   Argentina Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975 Australia Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration (District Registers), 1839-1938 …

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The truth is ” the genealogy community needs more respect ” …

The truth is ” the genealogy community needs more respect ” …

I strongly believe that the genealogy community needs more respect and tolerance in numerous ways. We all have our own methods, beliefs and processes that we prefer to use in our own genealogy research.   Just as I believe we should be tolerant of those in society who ARE different from each other, ACT different …

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Transcription: Marriage record for Chester Keefer and Mary Ann Jaques.

Transcription: Marriage record for Chester Keefer and Mary Ann Jaques.

  Transcription of the Marriage Record for Chester Keefer and Mary Ann Jaques.   THE STATE OF OHIO, Geauga County Personaly appeared Chester W. Keefer and made application for a MARRIAGE LICENSE for himself and Mary Ann Jaques of the township of Munson in said county, and made solemn oath the he the said Chester …

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Our Melanson Family: A haunting history?

Our Melanson Family: A haunting history?

Since we’re coming up onto Halloween, I decided to repost this story about our own Melanson family’s haunting history.   I posted in the past about the ancestry of my mother’s Fougère and Melanson families. The Fougères and Melansons were original Acadian settlers in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, having traveled from France in the late …

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Staying on their toes: How medieval people walked, ran and fought.

Staying on their toes: How medieval people walked, ran and fought.

  As a consequence of my 20+ years of genealogy research into our family’s history, I have become fascinated with how medieval people lived, including the flexibility and adaptability of the different times and cultures.   Part of life was learning to live and succeed by using our own body mechanics for the best result …

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Cadwallon ap Cadfan, King of Gwynedd.

Cadwallon ap Cadfan, King of Gwynedd.

  My children’s 40th great grandfather, Cadwallon ap Cadfan (also Cadwalader, Cadwallon, Caedwalla, Caswallon, Caedwalla, or Catgublaun), King of Gwynedd (presently north Wales), was born about 600 in Gwynedd, and is just one of their many Welsh Quaker ancestors.   He was the son of Cadfan (Cadvan) ap Iago, King of Gwynedd (570-625) and Afandreg …

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Larry David and Bernie Sanders are distant cousins | Flavorwire

Larry David and Bernie Sanders are distant cousins | Flavorwire

  On the fourth season premiere of “Finding Your Roots,” Henry Louis Gates Jr. revealed a match between the Senator and comedian’s DNA.   In fact, Larry David and Bernie Sanders are distant cousins.   Throughout the three seasons of Henry Louis Gates Jr.,’s PBS series Finding Your Roots, the author and historian has used …

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Avoiding the quick pace and immediate gratification of ‘Pinball Genealogy’.

Avoiding the quick pace and immediate gratification of ‘Pinball Genealogy’.

Recently I read a post on the dearMyrtle.com blog about ‘Pinball Genealogy’, a general description of which is the quick ‘bouncing’ from one source to another, attaching the obvious data and facts without taking the time to explore the document to fully investigate all the information available. An example of such a document is a …

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Treasuring, Preserving and Restoring Our Pictorial Heritage

Treasuring, Preserving and Restoring Our Pictorial Heritage

  I love photographs. The most important finds for me in my genealogy research aside from supporting documents are treasured photographs.   Perhaps this stems from my own fascination with photography. I’ve been an avid amateur photographer for as long as I can remember.   When I think back on it, I’m pretty sure my …

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Transcription: M. Paul Boily (1922-1998)

Transcription: M. Paul Boily (1922-1998)

Featured image: Stes-Anges-de-Beauce, Montréal, Québec, Canada Transcription: M. Paul Boily (1922-1998)   M. Paul BOILY A son domicile, le 5 décembre 1998, à l’âge de 72 ans et 8 mois est décédé M. Paul Boily, époux de dame Claire Girard. Il demeurait à Sts-Anges. Les funérailles ont eu feu samedi le 12 décembre 1998 à …

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Transcription: Marriage Certificate and Register for William Beaver and Mary Elizabeth Fougère

Transcription: Marriage Certificate and Register for William Beaver and Mary Elizabeth Fougère

  Transcription: Marriage Certificate and Register for William Beaver and Mary Elizabeth Fougère. Featured image: St. Peters, Nova Scotia Marriage License of William Beaver and Mary Fourgere No. 440 Province of Nova Scotia Marriage License (Signature) M.B. Daly Lt. Govn (Right Margin) – BY HIS HONOR Malachy Bowes Daly, Esquire Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, &c., …

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How the Filles du Roi brought the ‘Mother’s Curse’ to Canada | The Atlantic

How the Filles du Roi brought the ‘Mother’s Curse’ to Canada | The Atlantic

  The first King’s Daughters—or filles du roi—arrived in New France in 1663, and 800 more would follow over the next decade. Given their numbers, they were not literally the king’s daughters of course.   They were poor and usually of common birth, but their passage and dowry were indeed paid by King Louis XIV …

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Transcription: Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 – Page 4 and 5

Transcription: Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 – Page 4 and 5

Transcription: Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 – Page 4 and 5     1836 a 1899 Bouctouche, Cte Kent, N. B. Paroisse St-Jean-Baptiste Registres Photographies a la Paroisse 4 —— B. Olivier Girouard Le 29 Mars 1836 à Olivier Girouard né le 11 fevrier du legitime mariage de Joseph Girouard et …

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Private Joseph Philias Albert Emery’s letter home from the WWI french front.

Private Joseph Philias Albert Emery’s letter home from the WWI french front.

  This letter was written by my great uncle Private Joseph Philias Albert Emery to his sister and brother while he was serving in France during WWI.   Six months later, he was killed during advance preparations for the battle of Vimy Ridge.   I did use Google translate, hoping to get a reasonable English …

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In Remembrance.

In Remembrance.

  Being from a dedicated military family, this is a somber time of year for us, in remembrance of those in our families who have served, or worse yet, who we lost during military service.   The relationships to our children, Erin and Stuart, are in italics following the excerpt. Remembering those we lost in …

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WWI War Stories: Turmaine and Emery.

WWI War Stories: Turmaine and Emery.

In honor of today’s ceremonies in honor of the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge, I am reposting several articles about my own ancestors who died in WWI.    In my father’s French Canadian, ‘Turmaine’ branch of the family, we have two known soldiers who died in the first world war. The first was my grand …

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What was there?

What was there?

  What was there is a website that provides comparative photos of a location in the present day with archived photos from history.   My favorite part of genealogy is finding treasured images relating to people, places, events and things in my genealogy research. All of this information provides the color to our ancestors’ stories. …

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Partnerships in Genealogy are Expanding our Research Horizons

Partnerships in Genealogy are Expanding our Research Horizons

The newest partnership is that of Ancestry.com and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. This partnership will make over seven million birth, marriage and death records available through the Pennsylvania Vital Records Collection on Ancestry.com . These records will span 300 years between 1593 and 1908. The newest records to join the collection are: Pennsylvania, Births, …

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Treasure Awaits

Treasure Awaits

Today was a great day. I recently received a comment on the post “David Coon” from a descendant of David Coon and a distant cousin (by adoption) to my husband Mark. That one short comment and an initial email resulted in an exchange of some amazing photographs through a fast and furious flurry of emails. …

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“Vintage Eyes” Need Help Investigating Vintage Love

“Vintage Eyes” Need Help Investigating Vintage Love

Vintage eyes can’t stop me from pursuing a passion for genealogy, stemming from a real interest in family history, and nostalgia and wonder from discovering those long lost photos, family stories, etc. Finding old correspondence between husbands and wives (i.e. David Coon, a civil war soldier and casualty) is eye-opening. Seeing such correspondence and knowing …

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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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