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William Fitzalan Bio

Transcription: Biography of William Fitzalan.

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             Biography of William Fitzalan, from the Dictionary of National Biography.   FITZALAN, WILLIAM (d. 1160), rebel, was the son and heir of Alan Fitzflaald, by Aveline or Adeline, sister of Ernulf de Hesding (EYTON, Shropshire, vii. 222-8). His younger brother, Walter Fitzalan (d. 1177), was ‘the undoubted ancestor of the royal house of Stuart’ …

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The best free archives online.

The best free archives online.

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           The Internet is an incredible source of information, a lot of it collected by some of the best free archives online.   You may be thinking to yourself, “Well, duh…thank you for that insight, Captain Obvious.” But I think people fail to realize just how massive the scope of the web really is. Do me …

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History of companies I and E, Sixth Regt., Illinois Volunteer Infantry from Whiteside County. Containing a detailed account of their experiences while serving as volunteers in the Porto Rican campaign during the Spanish-American war of 1898. Also a record of the two companies as state troops from the date of organization to April 30th, 1901

Transcription: W. D. Matthews’ Spanish American War letter home.

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            This newspaper article provides a revealing glimpse into the life of an American soldier during the Spanish American War in Puerto Rico.   Featured image: Companies I and E, Sixth Regt., Illinois Volunteer Infantry from Whiteside County while serving as volunteers in the Porto Rican campaign during the Spanish-American war of 1898.   This is W. …

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Thresherman's Reunion Agricultur Machinary Show Manitoba Agricultural Museum Austin Manitoba Canada

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

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             The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 16 Jan 2018. Featured image: Thresherman’s Reunion Agriculture Machinary Show, Manitoba, Canada.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 16 Jan 2018.   Colombia Colombia, Diocese of Barranquilla, Catholic Church Records, 1808-1985 Liberia Liberia, Marriage Records, 1912-2015 Mexico Mexico, Baja California and Baja California …

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Semi nomadic Sami or Laplander family in Northern Norway or Sweden in traditional clothing.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 3 Jan 2018.

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             The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 3 Jan 2018.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 3 Jan 2018.   Africa Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957 Brazil Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014 Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2014 Costa Rica Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 Dominican Republic Dominican …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 20 Dec 2017.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 20 Dec 2017.

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Transcription: Obituary for Elsie Elizabeth Gurr

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           Transcription of the obituary of Elsie Elizabeth Gurr from the “L M Leader” of April 24, 1913. L M Leader 24 Apr 1913 OBITUARY Elsie Elizabeth Gurr was born in the town of Fountain Prairie, near Fall River, September 8, 1886 and died at her home in the village of Fall River, Wis., April 11, …

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Photographs are Windows on the Past and Present

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           As an amateur photographer, I’ve amassed a vast collection of photographs of life, travels, pets, landscapes, etc. I have a nineteen year old daughter who will be studying photography at college, but in the meantime is pursuing both photography and modeling here. It’s so lovely to see her developing the same love of the photograph …

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Major General George Cadwalader

Transcription: Obituary for Major General George Burges Cadwalader

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            Transcription of an obituary for Major General George Burges Cadwalader.   — 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 brother of Judge Cadwalader, who died on Sunday week, and …

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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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Samson brothers plaque.

Transcription: French plaque commemorating Samson settlers.

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           Plaque of St. Gatien-des-Bois, France commemorating the first Samson settlers was erected at the Church of St. Gatien-des-Blois in January of 1997. Inside the church of St Gatien-des-Bois, France (pictured above), a plaque commemorating the first Samson settlers was erected in January of 1997, which reads (translated from French): “In 1665 the brothers Gabriel and …

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Louise Ruth Reynolds: A woman of many names and identities.

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             Louise Ruth Froemling: Child.   According to my husband Mark, his grandmother, Louise Ruth Froemling was born on 10 Oct 1911 at 1712 Paulina Street in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois to Emma Mary Froemling and William Read Kirk. Since Emma was unmarried, and William, a soldier, returned to his military post with no intention of …

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The Acadian expulsion.

This homebody wishes to be part of an Acadian trip to France.

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             Of all of the numerous branches in our family history, there are two of which I am almost obsessive in my interest – and research.   Those are my mother’s Acadian roots and my father-in-law’s Welsh Quaker ancestry. Featured image: La grande derangement (Acadian Expulsion)   A few years ago, we had the amazing …

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Your genealogy research could land your DNA results in a criminal investigation | KIRO-TV

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              by: Alison Grande Updated: Nov 6, 2017 – 8:44 PM begin: MIXED MEDIA (CAROUSEL)   If you submit DNA to a genealogy website, KIRO 7 discovered law enforcement may have access to the results. So far more than 5 million people have submitted DNA to search their genealogy on Ancestry.com. Customers send in …

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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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Death Certificate of Mary A. Hickman

Transcription – Death Certificate for Mary Hickman of Montgomery, Ohio

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           Transcription – Death  Certificate for Mary Hickman of Montgomery, Ohio.   STATE  OF OHIO BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS CERTIFICATE OF DEATH ___________________ 1  PLACE OF DEATH County   Montgomery     Registration District  No.  902     File No. _________________ Township  Clay     Primary Registration District  No. 5370     Registered No.  33055 or Village  _________________________     No.  ____, ________________St., ______ Ward (If death …

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Transcription: Prominent Families of the United States of America, page 402-4; BURKET

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           Transcription:  Prominent Families of the United States of America, page 402-4; BURKET BURKET Jacob F. Burket, b. in Perry Co., Ohio, 25 March 1837 ; m., at Lenawee Co., Michigan, Pamy D., dau. of John Walters, of Findlay, Ohio, and, by her (who d. 6 June 1900), had issue :– 1.  Harlan Fessenden, b.  15 …

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Rose-Anna Labelle Memorial Card

Transcription: Memorial card for Rose-Anna Labelle

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           The following is a transcription of the memorial card for Rose-Anna Labelle, wife of the late Frédéric Sigouin, who passed away at St-Hippolyte on September 18, 1932. __________ A LA DOUCE MEMOIRE DE Rose-Anna Labelle épouse de feu Frédéric Sigouin décédée à St-Hippolyte le 18 septembre 1932 Seigneur, vous savez combien je dé sirais être …

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Concerned citizens use genealogy to connect Jewish heirs with compensation for family property lost or destroyed in WWII..

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            I love genealogy. I get so much pleasure and satisfaction from the small breakthroughs that are part of the pursuit of genealogy. This, however, is surely nothing compared to the self-worth and satisfaction felt by those who use their knowledge and experience in genealogy to track down the heirs to compensation for the lost …

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Transcription – Marriage of Abraham Fougere and Elizabeth Cordeau

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             Abraham Fougère & Elizabeth Cordeau Film # 1316273, Record # 16   Date and place of Marriage:    Jany 10th 1876 River Bourgeois C.B. How married (by License or Banns):    Banns Full name of Groom:    Abraham Fougère His age:    23 Condition (Bachelor or Widower):    Bachelor Profession or Trade:    Fisherman Residence:    River Bourgeois Where born:        …

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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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300 year old undelivered letters are now being examined by researchers

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

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            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 …

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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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Our Melanson Family: A haunting history?

Our Melanson Family: A haunting history?

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            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 …

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