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Questions raised about the legitimacy of the Plantagenet kings by DNA of Richard III.

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5          5Shares  We now know that an adulterous affair had broken the male line in Richard III‘s family tree.   In attempts to answer the resulting questions, further genetic testing was done on the skeleton of Richard III, which had been found in 2012 under a parking lot in Leicester. More recent genetic testing was done, …

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Scales and weights of a viking trader.

Vikings were in Greenland, Ireland and Britain much earlier than previously thought.

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             We now know Vikings were in Greenland, Ireland and Britain much earlier than previously thought.   Archaeological finds in Greenland show that vikings managed to survive Greenland’s bitter, harsh weather for substantially longer than previously believed. According to Christian Koch Madsen, an archaeologist with the National Museum of Denmark, “The stories we have heard …

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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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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 1 Jul 2018.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 1 Jul 2018.

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             The following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 1 Jul 2018.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 1 Jul 2018.   Albania Albania Census, 1930 Australia Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940 Canada New Brunswick Late Registration of Births, 1810-1899 Chile Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015 Colombia Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2014 …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 16 Jun 2018.

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           Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 16 Jun 2018. Featured image:  My husband’s family homestead in Kronoberg, Sweden.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 16 Jun 2018.   Australia Australia, Victoria, Tombstone Transcriptions from Various Cemeteries, 1850-1988 Brazil Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2016 Canada New Brunswick Late Registration of Births, 1810-1899 Chile Chile, Cemetery …

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Little Red Schoolhous; Maple Shade, Burlington County, NJ; built in 1811

Transcription: Thorne, John; Will Extract; New Jersey and Colonial Documents; Page 480.

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             Transcription of an extract of the will of John Thorne, taken from ” New Jersey and Colonial Documents “; Page 480. Featured image: Little Red Schoolhouse; Maple Shade, Burlington County, NJ; built in 1811. 48O NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS me and Stephen Brown. Other children—Thomas, Daniel, Sarah and Joanna, land purchased of George Harris, dec’d. …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 May 2018.

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             The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 May 2018. Featured image: Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 May 2018.   Benin Benin, Civil Registration of Deaths, 1891-2014 Bolivia Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 Colombia Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2014 Denmark Denmark, Military Conscription Rolls, 1789-1792 …

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

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 30 Apr 2018.

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2          2SharesThe following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 30 Apr 2018.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 30 Apr 2018.   Australia Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940 Belgium Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 Brazil Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706-1999 Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2016 Brazil, Rio …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 3 Apr 2018.

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             The following are the recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 3 Apr 2018. Featured image: Windmill of Haute-Garonne, France.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 3 Apr 2018.   Austria Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1919 Brazil Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2014 Cape Verde Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957 Czechoslovakia Czech …

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Edward "Longshanks" I, King of England

Edward “Longshanks” I, King of England

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2          2Shares  Edward “Longshanks” I, King of England was born 17/18 June 1239, eldest son of Henry III, King of England (1207-1272) and Eléonore de Provence (1223- ), in Westminster Palace, London.   Edward was created Earl of Chester and granted the Dukedom of Gascony on 14 February 1254, after arriving in France. Edward’s father arranged …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions

My ‘must have’ list of top 10 genealogy websites.

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4          4Shares  This list of top 10 genealogy websites is a bit different than others because I have evaluated them based on the sheer quantity of data and sources I have found for my own personal genealogy research, regardless whether they are paid or free.   I will only subscribe to a site if I’m sure it’s …

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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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