The great ‘Golden Rules of Genealogy’ at a glance.

The great ‘Golden Rules of Genealogy’ at a glance.

This image listing some wonderful golden rules of genealogy was recently posted on the Facebook page for  gotgenealogy.com. They are all rules that promote common courtesy and consideration among genealogy researchers, but they also provide common sense guidelines to ensure best practices for those exchanging genealogical information, and promote being as thorough and accurate as …

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Oh, the difference one letter can make when using copied or transcribed documents!

Oh, the difference one letter can make when using copied or transcribed documents!

This joke is the best illustration I’ve ever seen of the negative effects of working from copied documents instead of originals. This should be on display in every library, archive and genealogy center as a reminder of the perils awaiting. This is something I think about every time I do a transcription, and this type …

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Transcription: David D. Shelby, “Men and Women in America”

Transcription: David D. Shelby, “Men and Women in America”

Following is my transcription of the biography of David D. Shelby from “Men and Women in America.” SHELBY, David D.: United States circuit judge; born in Madison County, Ala., Oct. 24, 1847 ; son of Dr. David and Mary (Boulding) Shelby. He studied law in Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., was admitted to the bar in …

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Transcription: Coon family reunion article; “The Newark Advocate” of August 21, 1937.

Transcription: Coon family reunion article; “The Newark Advocate” of August 21, 1937.

Article regarding the Coon family reunion in “The Newark Advocate” of August 21, 1937.   Coon Reunion. The 12th annual Coon reunion was held in ”Roadside park” Utica, Sunday, with 38 relatives and friends present. During the business meeting, in charge of the president, Fred Cullison, the following officers were elected for the coming year: …

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DNA: The best hard drive on earth.

DNA: The best hard drive on earth.

It turns out DNA is the best storage medium there is on Earth. Nothing beats it. Think about it, all the directions that make you up are stored on tiny proteins that are hard to see even with a microscope. The human genome (all of those directions controlling your eye color, hair color, height, skin) …

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Transcription: The Bec or Beke lineage.

Transcription: The Bec or Beke lineage.

The following is my transcription of the Bec or Beke lineage including the Barons Beke of Eresby, as recorded in “A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire.”   […] BEC OR BEKE — BARONS BEKE OF ERESCY. By Writ of Summons, dated 23 Jun, 1295. LINEAGE Walter Bec, Lord of Eresby, co. Lincoln, m. Agnes, dau. And heiress of Hugh, the son of Pinco, and had issue, I.    Hugh, who d.s.p. In his return from the Holy …

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Transcription: London Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812

Transcription: London Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812

The following is my transcription of two pages of the London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials register of 1538-1812. These two pages cover 1607-1609 specifically. ___________________ For assistance with translating the dates, see my post Learning to transcribe from ye olde English and Latin. ___________________ The image links directly to the original document. You can …

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Transcription: German Pioneers of the Ship Mortonhouse

Transcription: German Pioneers of the Ship Mortonhouse

Transcription of a passenger list of German pioneers of the ship Mortonhouse, including Ulrich Croll. —————————- Mortonhouse 1729 25 Sworn Before the Governour in Council, 19th August 1729. Cleared from Deal in Great Britain. James Coultas. Rt Charles “At the Courthouse of Philadelphia, August 19th, 1729, … A List was presented of the Names of …

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Transcription: Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 – Beaven to Eyre

Transcription: Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 – Beaven to Eyre

The following is my transcription of the Pennsylvania Church and Town Records dated between 1708 and 1985, for surnames Beavan to Eyre (in alphabetical order).   CHESTER FRIENDS CEMETERY On the west side of Edgmont Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets, Chester, Pa. ____________________ The image above links directly to the transcription of the document. …

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Transcription: Obituary for General George Cadwalader

Transcription: Obituary for General George Cadwalader

Following is the transcription of the obituary for General George Cadwalader, published in the Bucks County Gazette on Thursday, February, 6, 1879.   General George Cadwalader died in Philadelphia, on Monday afternoon, in the seventy-third year of his age, from an attack resembling apoplexy, with which he was seized on Sunday night. He was a …

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Transcriptions: Researched ‘puzzle pieces’, a family story makes: William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

Transcriptions: Researched ‘puzzle pieces’, a family story makes: William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

Following are my transcriptions of numerous newspaper clippings regarding William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia.   WILLIAM ARCHER SR. (grandfather)   October 29, 1767 (Virginia Patriot, Richmond, Virginia, pg. 4) STRAYED or STOLEN from Bermuda Hundred the last of January, a light bay horse about five years old, 4 feet nine or 10 inches high, a …

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Everyone of European descent can claim Charlemagne as an ancestor.

Everyone of European descent can claim Charlemagne as an ancestor.

Sometimes I get asked if I’m related to the great physicist Ernest Rutherford. His discoveries about the atomic nucleus gave birth to physics in the 20th century. He is the father of nuclear physics, with labs and atoms named after him. I’m not related to him. I can reveal however that I am a direct …

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Protecting genealogy data and files!

Protecting genealogy data and files!

After twenty years of genealogy research, I have learned a few things about the fragility of the valuable data and files we work hard to accumulate. In response, I have worked hard to develop some good habits when it comes to protecting genealogy data and files.   Some of the issues I’ve encountered in the …

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eBooks from Google eBooks and Internet Archive: A researcher’s gold mine!

eBooks from Google eBooks and Internet Archive: A researcher’s gold mine!

  This article’s title “eBooks from Google eBooks and Internet Archive: A researcher’s gold mine!” aptly describes how I feel about including ebooks and online publications and libraries in my genealogy research.   Some of my best finds have come through using the Google genealogy research tools. I believe in using primary sources as much …

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Did my children’s ancestors fight on both sides of the War of 1812?

Did my children’s ancestors fight on both sides of the War of 1812?

Of all the wars our ancestors have fought, the War of 1812 is the one that most interests me because I’m Canadian, and the result of this war is recognized as the birth of our nation. After researching ancestors on both sides, I’ve discovered several on Mark’s side who fought in the War of 1812, …

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Transcripton: 1793 lease for 40,000 acres of land signed by Peter and Charles Malonson and others.

Transcripton: 1793 lease for 40,000 acres of land signed by Peter and Charles Malonson and others.

1793 lease for 40,000 acres of land signed by Peter and Charles Malonson and others.   Page 1 A6 Articles of agreement made this twenty ninth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninty-three and in the thirty third year of His Majesty’s Reign between Mary Cannon of …

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Indecipherable inscriptions on centuries old tombstones revealed using 3D technology.

Indecipherable inscriptions on centuries old tombstones revealed using 3D technology.

This new technology is so very exciting to me. I’ve found that the information that proves to be most valuable from tombstones is that found on those from before 1850. After 1850, most of the information is available in accessible records. Although there are records prior to 1850, the information on them is minimal at …

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Canadian WWI and WWII soldiers identified.

Canadian WWI and WWII soldiers identified.

May 13, 2015 is the date eight Canadian WWI soldier will be laid to rest at Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France.   Lieutenant Clifford Neelands, Lance Sargeant Oscar Lindell, Private Sidney Halliday, Private William Simms, and Private Lachlan McKinnon of the 78th Battalion (Winnipeg Grenadiers) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force are five of eight …

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Are our worst fears about the use and sharing of DNA data coming true?

Are our worst fears about the use and sharing of DNA data coming true?

With the rapid expansion and availability of DNA services, there has been a vocal backlash from those who fear the use and sharing of DNA data for purposes contrary to personal rights such as privacy.   The possibility of our DNA information being easily made available to the government, insurance agencies, police, military, etc. could have serious …

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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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