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Transcription: Last Will and Testament of John Royall Jr. of Powhatan County, Virginia.

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1          1Share  The following is my transcription of the Last Will and Testament of John Royall Jr. of Powhatan County, Virginia.   In the name of God, I John Royall Jr of the County of Powhatan being weak of body but of sound mind and disposing memory do make and ordain this to be my last will …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 2 Dec 2017.

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6          6Shares  The following are the more recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 2 Dec 2017.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 2 Dec 2017.   Argentina Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975 Brazil Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2014 Denmark Denmark Census, 1834 Denmark Census, 1835 …

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Namibia

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 4 Nov 2017.

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             The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 4 Nov 2017. Featured image: Namibia   FamilySearch.org updates and additions.   Canada British Columbia, Victoria Times Birth, Marriage and Death Notices, 1901-1939 Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922 Croatia Croatia, Delnice Deanery Catholic Church Books, 1725-1926 Czechoslovakia Czech Republic Church Books, 1552-1963 Denmark …

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Marriage record of Telesphore Blanchet and Agnes Larocque.

Transcription: Marriage record of Telesphore Blanchet and Agnes Larocque and others.

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             The following is my transcription of the marriage record of Telesphore Blanchet and Agnes Larocque and others.   SCHEDULE B – MARRIAGES   County of Carleton   Division of Ottawa   His Name 002683 Louis Berthiaume 002684 Telesphore Blanchet 002685 Joseph Adrian Burke Age 32 57 23 Residence when Married Ottawa Ottawa Ottawa Place …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 28 Jun 2016.

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

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            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), …

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Keefer, Chester and Jacques, Mary Ann - Marriage Record

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

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             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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Larry David and Bernie Sanders are distant cousins | Flavorwire

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              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 …

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Ancient tomb of Santa Claus discovered beneath church.

Ancient tomb of Santa Claus discovered beneath church.

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           The Death of St. Nicholas. Archaeologists in Turkey may be on the cusp of solving a mystery thousands of years in the making after they stumbled on a tomb beneath the remains of an ancient church they believe contains the remains of Saint Nicholas—known popularly as Santa Claus.   A portion of the site believed …

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Filles du Roi

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

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             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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1784 Will of Thomas Batte Senior (partial)

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             The following is my transcription of a partial typed copy of the 1784 will of Thomas Batte Senior.   I’m still looking for the complete will or the missing portion, but the major points and information appear to be included in the page I do have.   Last Will and Testament of Thomas Batte …

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eBooks from Google eBooks and Internet Archive.

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

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6          6Shares  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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Obituary for Wesley Blythe.

Transcription: Obituary for Wesley Blythe, Mortician.

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             The following is my transcription of the obituary for Wesley Blythe.   Wesley Blythe Wesley E. Blythe, 86, of 508 West County Road 34 died Friday at Poudre Valley Memorial Hospital. The funeral is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Goodrich Chapel under the direction of the Rev. Delbert Paulson. Burial will be …

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Photos and images are essential to successful blogging.

Photos and images are essential to successful genealogy research and blogging.

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           My two main passions in life are my genealogy research and blogging, and photos and images are essential to the success of both. Most of us do this for the love of the craft – and yes, it is a craft that takes a great deal of talent, research, and knowledge of available resources to …

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My list of my top ten genealogy and ancestry websites.

My top ten: Best world-wide genealogy and ancestry websites.

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  1    4   5SharesAfter almost twenty years of genealogy research, there are certain sites that have become my ‘go to’ sites for certain aspects of my genealogy research. I thought it might be helpful for me to post my list of my top ten genealogy and ancestry websites. I have also included a description of the reasons why …

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Tomb of Roger Vaughan and Gwladus ferch Dafydd Gam.

Sir William ap Thomas and Gwladus ferch Dafydd Gam

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17          17SharesSir William ap Thomas Herbert, (21st great grandfather to my children) was born about 1390 to Sir Thomas ap Gwilyn (1360-1438) and Maud de Morley (1375-    ). Featured image: Tomb with Effigies of Roger Vaughan and Gwladus ferch Dafydd Gam. Sir William ap Thomas first married Elizabeth (or Isabel) Bluet (1380-1420), daughter of Sir John …

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Rochester History, Henry O'Reilly

Transcription: Biography of Henry O’Reilly from ‘Rochester History’

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           The following is a transcription of the biography of Henry O’Reilly from the book, “Rochester History,” edited by Dexter Perkins, City Historian, and Blake McKelvey, Assistant City Historian. ROCHESTER HISTORY Edited by DEXTER PERKINS, City Historian and BLAKE MCKELVEY, Assistant City Historian VoL. VII JANUARY, 1945 No. 1 Henry O’Reilly By DEXTER PERKINS Henry O’Reilly …

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Want to Work at Home? Be a Clickworker!

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           Clickworker.com is a site that believes in the principle of ‘crowdsourcing’, which means breaking down large projects into smaller tasks and assigning the smaller tasks to several people to ensure a quick turnaround and accurate results. Registration is totally free. Some skills testing is required to qualify for specific tasks including writing, proofreading, researching, etc. …

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Descendants of honor: Ancestry.com opens records for Veterans Day.

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           Ancestry.com is honoring customers who are descendants of US Medal of Honor recipients, as the country prepare for Veterans Day. The Ancestry campaign makes its collection of more than 250 million military records available for free to the public through November 12. The collection includes draft cards, service records, and prisoner and casualty lists for …

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Thousands of new Irish family records added to research database | IrishCentral.com

Thousands of new Irish family records added to research database | IrishCentral.com

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           The Irish Genealogical Research Society has added thousands of new Irish records to their database. IGRS reports that an additional 7,000 records have been added to their Early Irish Birth, Marriage, and Death Indexes, bringing the total to about 260,000. The new records include 14,000 names, which brings the total number of names across the …

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Ancestry.com is in cahoots with public records agencies, a group suspects.

Ancestry.com is in cahoots with public records agencies, a group suspects.

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           A nonprofit claims its request to obtain genealogical records from state archives was brushed aside in favor of Ancestry’s request. I know that Michael Peck, my great-great-great-grandfather, died on July 14, 1922. I know this because last October I visited the cemetery in Cornwall, New York, to find the date on his headstone. I had …

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What does Elizabeth Warren's 'native' ancestry mean?

What does Elizabeth Warren’s ‘native’ ancestry mean?

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           On Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released results from DNA testing, suggesting she has Native American ancestry and thrusting the issue of genetic testing and Native American identity into the spotlight. The DNA report comes after years of political back-and-forth exchanges between Warren and Republican opponents, who accuse her of pretending to have Native American …

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Isaac Shelby

Journey through centuries: An ancestral doppelganger is discovered!

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1          1ShareMy biggest fascination with my genealogy research is finding old photos of the people – especially any rare ancestral doppelganger to current family members. These images bring some life to the profile created by the fact finding of my research and brings these characters closer and makes them more relatable and understandable. A while ago, …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 15 Aug 2018

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 16 Jul 2018.

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             The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 16 Jul 2018. (Featured image: Lime Street, Liverpool, in the 1890s with St. George’s Hall in England) FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 16 Jul 2018.   Bolivia Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 Luxembourg Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1796-1941 Peru Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, …

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