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Tombstone of Christian and Fredericka Busse.

A Primer on Cemetery Research to Find Ancestors

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           Cemetery research absolutely is one of the most valuable tools for genealogy research. Although I’m pretty much housebound and don’t get out much now, there was a time when I did venture out and do research in places such as cemeteries. As a matter of fact, I previously wrote about one experience at an old …

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Carter, Clifford & Sampson, Elizabeth (d)

Transcription: Marriage of Clifford Carter and Elizabeth Sampson of Cape Breton – Part I.

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1          1ShareTranscription: Documents related to the marriage of Clifford Carter and Elizabeth Sampson of Cape Breton. ____________________________________________________ The following are transcriptions from photographic images of approximately half of a collection of documents related to the marriage of Elizabeth Sampson and Clifford Carter of Sampsonville, County of Richmond, Nova Scotia, Canada. The second half of the transcriptions …

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My ideal genealogy setup.

My Ideal Setup for Genealogy Research

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4          4Shares Over fifteen years of genealogy research, I have added to, adjusted and tweaked my setup until I have achieved what I believe to be the ideal setup for genealogy research. In the Beginning When I started, I had only an early personal computer operating Windows 94 and Microsoft Office, a basic scanner, small black …

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Harold Everett Redetzke

Transcription: Obituary for Harold Everett Redetzke; 1935 – 2002

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1          1Share+ + + + OBITUARY – HAROLD EVERETT REDETZKE + + + + May 18, 1935 – October 12, 2002 Harold Everett Redetzke, age 67, died on Saturday, October 12, 2002 at his home in rural Sebeka, MN. Harold was born to Elmer and Margaret (Kimball) Redetzke on May 18, 1935 in Butler Township, MN. …

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State Archives offers public access.

The Discovery Service at the National Archives in Great Britain

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3          3SharesThe UK National Archives  has a free online search, but there are problems. Some knowledge has always been necessary to search the catalogue with any success. The Discovery Service makes it easier for everyone – novice to expert – to search and use the collection. The user is able to search the collection, explore and …

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Tombstone of Anna E. Murray Blythe

Tombstone: Anna E. Blythe (nee Murray)

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3          3SharesThe following is a transcription of the tombstone of Anna E. Blythe. Anna died August 9, 1925 in Danville, Vermilion, Illinois, USA. Anna E. Murray wife of Charles E. Blythe 1873 – 1925 ___________________ The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other …

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DNA Study

DNA optics: seeing more clearly into the past than ever before.

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2          2Shares Another post about DNA and related discoveries? You bet. DNA news seems to be breaking increasingly more frequently as time goes on. I recently found the news about the discovery through DNA that first peoples and asian peoples are definitely linked via DNA from the skeleton of a 12 to 18 month old boy …

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Marriage for Oscar Blythe and Thirza McKim

Transcription: Marriage Record for Oscar Thomas Blythe and Thirza Estelle McKim

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2          2SharesMarriage for Oscar Blythe and Thirza McKim This is my transcription of the marriage record for Oscar Thomas Blythe and Thirza Estelle McKim of August 9, 1930 in Butte Fourche, Butte County, South Dakota. Original Form Text is black. Text entered by hand is blue. _____________________________ South Dakota Department of Health Division of Public Health …

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

Icelandic Ancestry: the Icelandic genealogy database is available online.

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2          2SharesPreviously, I wrote about the Incest Prevention App called ‘Sifjaspellsspillir’ or ‘Incest Spoiler’. It was created by University of Iceland students for a contest by the Íslendingabók database and its purpose is to alert two people of a possible familial connection when they tap their phones. Later, in a related story, the “Icelandic Roots: Genealogy, …

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vintage watches

Vintage watches and vintage photographs make a wonderful combination.

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           The old, hackneyed saying of “a picture’s worth a thousand words” couldn’t be more true than with this image I stumbled across on Pinterest this morning of vintage watches repurposed as portrait frame bracelets. Luckily, that’s all that’s needed in this case as this blog seems to be in Swedish – which I totally don’t …

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Sometimes it pays to look to the present for information about the past.

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           It’s amazing what information about the past including people and events can be found by searching through online newspapers, magazines, etc. – even if they are in a foreign language. I’m routinely having to read, translate and understand documents written in their original language such as French, German, Swedish, and so on. My go to …

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Melanson Settlement

Historical Vital Statistics website of Nova Scotia Archives is searchable in French and English.

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           I have a few favorite, go-to sites that I use much more than any others, and the Nova Scotia Archives site is one. Considering the substantial Acadian ancestry of my family, it’s no surprise that the majority of vital records for the majority of my ancestors are available on this site. The searchable database of …

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Gannett newspapers are to be digitized

New Link: Online Newspapers Archive

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           Learning of this online newspapers archive site was very exciting to me. Some of the most valuable information we can find in our genealogical search comes from newspaper accounts because they provide a more detailed reflection of the lives of our ancestors – not just facts and figures. I have added this link to the …

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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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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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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.

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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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

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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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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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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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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