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The Knowles Collection: Jewish genealogy database reaches 1 million entry milestone.

The Knowles Collection: Jewish genealogy database reaches 1 million entry milestone.

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The Knowles Collection, the Jewish genealogy database linking generations of Jewish families, has recently reached over 1 million entries.

 

Since it’s inception, this free searchable database at familysearch.org has been growing steadily at an average rate of about 10,000 individuals each month, including Jewish individuals from over 80 nations.

Jewish alter in a synagogue.
Jewish alter in a synagogue.

Genealogy researchers are free to compare their Jewish ancestry with the six different searchable databases in the Knowles collection.

Some of those databases include names and information on Jewish individuals from:

  • British Isles (208,349)
  • Europe (380,637)
  • South Pacific (21,518)
  • South America and the Caribbean (21, 351)
  • North America (489,000).
  • Africa and the Orient (37,618)

These records provide both given names and surnames, dates, places, source citations, notes and links to ancestors.

The most effective and informative searches result from knowing the person’s name, date of birth, and places of residence.

Due to the mobility of the Jewish population in the past, it’s wise to cheque several of the databases to locate your ancestors.

Full instruction on how to effectively find and search these databases are available here.


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British Ancestry: a mixture of genetic DNA from other populations.

British Ancestry: a mixture of genetic DNA from other populations.

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Genetic signatures have been found among Britons that strongly illustrate their historical roots from various locations of the UK, resulting in a highly detailed and descriptive map of genetic variations. The analysis shows clusters of genetic variation within the late 1800s, when the population was less migratory, and reflects historical waves of migration by a variety of groups of people into the island.

 

According to Peter Donnelly, the Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford, England, “The patterns we see are extraordinary. “The genetic effects we’re looking at are the result of, probably, thousands of years of history.”

DNA Map of UK migration.
Each symbol represents an individual at the center of their grandparents’ birthplaces. The tree (top right) DNA map of UK migration shows how the clusters are related. Photo credit: University of Oxford

Today, few Britons have ancestors from only one region of the United Kingdom. Therefore, it’s difficult to find patterns of genetic variation originating from a specific place.

However, the team found Britons that lived in rural areas and knew that their grandparents were all born within less than eighty kilometers. Since the DNA of these people was a blend of their grandparents’ DNA, it was expected that their genetic variations would be from within the geographic regions of their grandparents.

Participants were lumped into groups based specifically on their genetic DNA, and the geography of these groups matched significantly. Those from across central and southern Britain were in the most important cluster. Several groupings within this main group were much more isolated.

Those whose ancestry can be traced back to the archipelago, off the northeast coast of Scotland, fell into three distinct classes. This isolation most likely was a result of the islands creating difficulties in movement among various populations.

As well as the influence of geographic barriers, the overall picture resulted from migrations into and around the UK.

Genomes of people from continental Europe were analysed to gain insight into the scope of their ancestors’ contributions to Britons’ genetic ancestry. The flow of Anglo-Saxons from contemporary Germany into the UK after the departure of the Romans in 410 AD was indicated. Rather than displacing the resident population, they interbred.

Surprisingly, the Vikings, who occupied the UK during the four centuries from 700 AD to 1100 AD, had very little influence on the genetic makeup of Britons.

Britons or those with British heritage may conceivably use their DNA to trace the homelands of their ancestors.

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Sources:

Wikipedia.org; http://www.wikipedia.org.

Callaway, Ewan; UK Mapped out by genetic ancestry; http://www.nature.com/news/uk-mapped-out-by-genetic-ancestry-1.17136


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Transcription: Virginia Marriage Records, 1700 to 1850

Transcription: Virginia Marriage Records, 1700 to 1850

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Transcription of the Virginia Marriage Records, 1700 to 1850, pg 186.

Cocke; Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850
Virginia marriages (click image for full size view.)

June 1, 1758. Thomas Lewis to Susanna Ellis, daughter of John Ellis; sec., Joseph Ellis; witn., Valentine Wood.
October 27, 1747. William Pryor to Sarah Wood; sec., Valentine Wood; witn., Henry Wood.
April 3, 1744. William Cannon, Jr., to Elizabeth Lewis; sec., John Lewis; witn., H. Wood; certificate of consent from Elizabeth’s father, Charles Lewis; witn., John Lewis and Robert Morgan [X].
April 19, 1742. James Cooke, Jr., to Mary Anne Chastain ; sec., Henry Wood; witn., Joseph Dabbs and Isaac Bates.
March 4, 1742. George Watwood to Mary Taylor; sec., James Robinson; witness, Henry Wood.
October 11, 1755. Thomas Riddle to Agnes Mims; sec., Wm. Robards; witn., Valentine Wood; certificate of consent from David Mims; witn., Hezekiah Pin-year and Drury Minis.
August 21, 1753. Abraham Sallée to Elizabeth Woodson; sec., John Woodson; witn., Anthony Christian, Alexander Grant.
July 1, 1742. Samuel Ridgeway to Mary Bellamy; sec., Charles Lewis; witn., H. Wood.
November 20, 1753. Joseph Dawson [X] to Judith Dudley; sec., James George; witn., David Murray.
April 28, 1753. Benjamin Bradshaw [X] to Anne McBride; sec., John McBride; witn., William Pryor; certificate of consent from John McBride; witn., Agnes Lane, Elizabeth McBride.
July 3, 1743. Edmund Gray to Mary Mayo; sec., Geo. Dabbs; witn., H. Wood; certificate of consent from William Mayo; witn., George Carrington, Joseph Scott.
January 17, 1736. John Williamson to Prudence Cox; sec., Charles Turnbull; witn., H. Wood.
December 19, 1733. Nicholas Davies to Judith Randolph; sec.,  Middleton Shaw; witn., H. Wood.
May 17, 1738. William Stith to Judith Randolph; sec., Nicholas Davies; witn., Will Randolph.
March 16, 1742. Hutchings Burton to —-———; sec., William Allen; witn., H. Wood.
December 8, 1734. Joseph Scott to Sarah Mayo; sec., John Barnit [X]; witn., H. Wood; certificate of consent from William Mayo, father of Sarah; witn., James Marye and William Allen.
November 20, 1751. Guy Smith to Anne Hopkins; sec., Will Pryor; witn., H. Wood. ‘ W
September 14, 1747. Thomas Massie to Susanna Holland; sec.,. Henry Martin; witn., H. Wood.

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The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.


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Security watch: Is virtualization a mistake?

Security watch: Is virtualization a mistake?

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From the standpoint of securing important documents and information, is adopting virtualization a mistake?

As a genealogist, I’m well aware of our dependence on the use of virtualization, computer networks and the internet by governments, businesses and organizations to digitize, store, safeguard, and make available highly valuable documents, publications, etc. The following article by Jesse Troy outlines the concerns.             Christine

Virtualization’s promise started out large, and the concept has taken off like a freight train in the night since around 2005. It’s easy to see why, as the technique allows processes to utilize resources more effectively than was previously the case.

As numerous corporations and government entities utilize the decades-old technology in ever increasing numbers, we should ask ourselves this question.

1. The largest problem is internal to your organization.

Security watch: Is virtualization a mistake?

Virtually all corporations are already swamped with huge amounts of data; jumping on the virtualization train entails the creation of even more assets.

Discovery technology may help you to find what is already hidden in deep, dark corners, but ‘going virtual’ opens up a whole new dimension to your corner space.

This is known as sprawl.

2. Not all discovery tools recognize virtual machines and the data therein contained.

Security watch: Is virtualization a mistake?

When pressed to the wall, it’s possible to put a search team onto the task of locating misplaced, mislabeled, or just plain lost data in the messy data center.

This is not the case where virtual information is concerned.

Like a ghost, it’s not able to be ‘seen’ directly.

3. Unknown assets create an unknown licensing scenario, in which it’s impossible to determine the correct number of licenses to purchase.

Security watch: Is virtualization a mistake?

With automated licensing software – impotent when it comes to handling virtualization – typically in place, IT departments may be ringing up unplanned, and unnecessary costs.

4. Insecure default configurations can manifest.

Multiple

When the ‘blueprint’ for virtualization is created, any problem, including a breachable security issue, is replicated.

Each future virtual machine will have the same bad padlock.

5. When a server can be created with complete ease, the unfortunate fact is that many are then born.

Unattended

Whether born out of necessity or not is another question; followed by that of who maintains that server?

The IT department may be unaware of its existence when it’s created by a non-IT employee.

When that employee leaves the organization, it’s possible that information will wither unattended, essentially departing simultaneously.

6. Communication between different servers with different security clearances on the same machine is possible.

Security

This presents the obvious system vulnerability.

If a hacker gains access to a less secure server, they can readily access information that is meant to be much more secure.

7. When the hypervisor – the software technology manager – is attacked, all the servers under that umbrella are susceptible to infiltration.

Infiltration

Patches must be maintained and kept current. Falling behind on maintaining security updates puts all the information across the board at risk, rather than on a few laggard’s machines.

Although these seven reasons – each pointing out a flaw in the technique – appear to be serious reasons to consider avoiding virtualization, that is not the case.

Each point has a relatively simple solution, such as firewall installation between servers or complete data organization prior to server creation. Confronting the problems before they become security issues is the right approach.

From there, resource utilization results have proven to be superb.

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Transcription: Biography of Jehu Burkett and Family

Transcription: Biography of Jehu Burkett and Family

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The following is a transcription of a biography of Jehu Burkett and his family, taken from the publication, “BURKHART — BURCKHARDT — BURKET — BURKETT.”

Burket Family Bio
Burket Family Bio – Wogaman, Burkett, Holdery; Page 1

 

Wogaman, Burkett, Holdery 2
Burket Family Bio – Wogaman, Burkett, Holdery; Page 2

lt has been said that Emanuel Burkhart whose home was in one of the Swiss Cantons, probably Berne, had two sons who came to America, sometime between 1742 and 1754. One of these is said to have been Jonathan and the other Christian. Rupp’s records no persons by either of these names, until the arrival on November 22, 1752, on the ship St. Michael, of Johann Burckhard, and on September 24, 1753, the arrival on the ship Neptune, of Johannes Burkhart. There is listed, however, the arrival on the ship Rosanna, on September 26, 1745, of Heinrich Burckhart. This person so nearly fits in with the known facts of the case, as to lead to the belief that this Henry, to use the English equivalent of his first name, was the progenitor of the family under discussion, in America. There is not much support to the traditional name of Jonathan, and it could easily be the case, in any event, that like thousands of others, there was the first name “Johan”, by which he might have been known, but omitted from the registration. It is stated that the immigrant’s wife died at sea, and that the father died four years after arrival. There were four children, Salome, probably the eldest, born August 14, 1734, Jehu, Nathaniel, and probably another boy said to have been named Christian. Salome, according to well authenticated statements, was seven years of age upon arrival, and this fact, as well as her marriage in 1759, she being then of marriageable age, seems to be controlling in fixing the approximate time of the arrival in America, that is at about the time of the arrival of Henry as above stated. Jehu married Madalene (Motlene) Croll or Kroll, who was the daughter of Ulric Croll, of Elizabeth township, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, who came to America on August 19, 1729, aged 27 years, on the ship Mortonhouse. The brothers moved to Frederick county, Maryland, residing and working there at their trade, as well as farming, from about 1768 to 1775, after which Jehu and family moved to Reedy creek on the Yadkin, Rowan county, North Carolina. About 1809, Jehu moved to Montgomery county, Ohio, and became the owner of a 112-acre tract located on Salem pike, a few miles north of the city of Dayton, opposite the Brethren church at Ft. McKinley. ]ehu died in 1823, and his wife a few years before. He was the first Bishop or Elder of the church of the Brethren (Dunkard) in this vicinity, and assisted in the organization of the Lower Stillwater church of that denomination (still flourishing at Ft. McKinley) and out of which church sprung the church at “Happy Corners.” Despite his connection with one of the peace loving sects,.Jehu seems to have served in the North Carolina troops in the Revolution, as there is an entry in the Army accounts “of that state which would indicate that he was paid a fairly large sum presumably for military services. Again, in a muster roll of Capt. Andrew Long’s company of Col. Samuel Miles’ rifle regiment of Pennsylvania troops, taken on June 4, 1776, appears the name of “Jehu Burket”. This company came from western Bucks county, and there is authority for the statement that Jehu’s wife’s people were, or had been, formerly residents of that region. It could easily be possible that Jehu had returned to Pennsylvania before finally settling in North Carolina, and enrolled for a short time only as the records of that company would indicate, after which he returned to Maryland or North Carolina. From the extreme infrequency of the name Jehu, and the singular fact of it being attached in this case to the last name “Burket”, it appears to the writer as more than a coincidence. This conclusion might be further justified from the fact of the somewhat roving disposition of the person in question, who in the course of his life, removed three or four different times, and to distant points. Jehu and Motlene had nine children, Henry being the fourth. He, Henry, was born on May 13, 1771, in Maryland. On December 25, 1793, Henry married Elizabeth Rinker, in North Carolina,“ who was born on June 22, 1772, and who died on February 9, 1836. About 1815 or 1816 this family came to Montgomery county, where Henry’s father had already located. Henry acquired 400 or more acres of land on the so-called Stringtown pike, in Madison township, about a mile or so north of the village of Trotwood, and about the same distance west of the settlement on the Salem pike formerly known as Taylorsburg. He died in September 1817, leaving a will which was probated in due course. Henry and Elizabeth had the following children, all born in North Carolina: Mary (sometimes called Mollie) born October 27,1794; John, born December 27, 1795; George, born November 23, 1797; Elizabeth, born September 7, 1801; Isaac, born February 3, 1803; Charles, born March 13,1805; Amelia, born December 8, 1807; Anne, born December 8, 1809; Martin, born October 5, 1811; and Barbara, born April 20, 1815.

As previously stated in this narrative, Mary the first child of Henry and Elizabeth, married John Wogaman the second, on August 18, 1818, and their child was George, who married Catherine Hilderbrick on June 15, 1843. She was born on July 17, 1824, the daughter of David and Mary Hilderbrick, and Mary was the daughter of George and Elizabeth Holtry.

In connection with what has been said as to Jehu Burket, it should be mentioned that the material is based somewhat on a History of the Burgner family, published in 1892. This narrates an interview, in 1889, with a granddaughter of Salome Burket. This granddaughter well remembered Salome the sister of Jehu. She had married a Burgner, and after her husband’s death lived in Maryland near Frederick. Also, a pamphlet on the Burket family, prepared by Mr. John M. Burkett of Washington, D. C., has been useful and most essential in establishing some of the important facts of the story of this family. lt should also be mentioned that the family migrated in large numbers to Indiana in the early part of the nineteenth century, and many members have achieved prominence both in civil and professional walks of life, including farming and other lines of business.

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The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.


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Transcription: Daily Citizen of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Obituary for Ruth Halbman

Transcription: Daily Citizen of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Obituary for Ruth Halbman

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Obituary for Ruth Halbman

Ruth Halbman ObituaryDaily Citizen
Beaver Dam
August 1, 1996

Ruth Halbman

Ruth Halbman, 91, a resident of Hillside Manor, Beaver Dam, died Tuesday, July 30, 1996 at Hillside Manor.

The funeral will be Thursday, August 1, at 10 a.m. at the Murray Community Funeral Home, Beaver Dam. The Rev. David Peters will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam.

Mrs. Halbman was born March 3, 1905 in Beaver Dam, daughter of George and Eleanor (Jacobs) Keefer. She was married to Lloyd Halbman on June 30, 1946 in Beaver Dam.

She resided in Beaver Dam all of her life, worked at Weyenberg Shoe Co., Beaver Dam, for 35 years, and was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, Beaver Dam.

Survivors include one sister, Erlyne Eisenbarth of Beaver Dam; two nephews, Don (Phyllis) Keefer and Hubert Keefer, both of Goleta, Calif.; grandnieces, grandnephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband,  Lloyd; one brother, Herbert Keefer; one brother-in-law, Delbert Eisenbarth.

Friends may call on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to the time of service, at the Murray Community Funeral Home, Beaver Dam.

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The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.


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Transcription: Obituary for Ruth Halbman of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Transcription: Obituary for Ruth Halbman of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Obituary for Ruth Halbman

Ruth Halbman ObituaryRuth Halbman

BEAVER DAM – Ruth Halbman,  91, a resident of Hillside Manor in Beaver Dam, died on Tuesday, July 30, 1996, at the manor.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Murray Community Funeral Home in Beaver Dam with the Rev. David Peters officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam.

Friends and relatives may call to pay their respects at the funeral home Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

The former Ruth Keefer was born March 3, 1905 in Beaver Dam, daughter of George and Eleanor (Jacobs) Keefer. She married Lloyd Halbman in Beaver Dam on June 30, 1946. He preceded her in death.

Halbman had lived in Beaver  Dam all of her life. She had been employed at Weyenberg Shoe Company in Beaver Dam for 35 years and was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are a sister, Erlyne Eisenbarth of Beaver Dam; two nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews, other relatives and friends.

She was further preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Herbert.

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The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.


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Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

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My children’s ancestry branches backward into history, through Welsh Quakers immigrants in Pennsylvania, to Welsh royalty and then to British royalty, including Prince William. It was surprising to learn Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

 

Prince William's mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?
Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

The result of these connections is that my husband and children are distantly related (20th cousins 4 times removed from Princes William and Harry, the sons of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and the grandsons of the current Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II.

It is interesting to note that, not only are the young royals connected through German, Spanish, French and numerous other lineages, but DNA tests conducted by BritainsDNA have proven Indian ancestry through their mother Princess Diana.

Although its is believed that Eliza Kewar, their fifth great grandmother was Armenian,  DNA shows a direct maternal Indian descent. Eliza was housekeeper to and in a relationship with Theodore Forbes. Forbes was from Scotland and worked for the East India Company in Surat, India.

The mitochondrial DNA, which is passed on through the women only, descended through Eliza and Theodore’s daughter Katherine and her female descendants to Frances Roche, who married Earl Spencer and had a daughter, Lady Diana Spencer – William and Harry’s mother.

photo credit: Steve Rhodes via photopin cc


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Transcription: Obituary for Carl W. Kiefer

Transcription: Obituary for Carl W. Kiefer

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The following is my transcription of the obituary for Carl W. Kiefer.

 

Carl W. Kiefer

Obituary for Carl W. Kiefer.
Obituary for Carl W. Kiefer.

A resident of Painesville since 1910, Carl W. Kiefer, 93, died Friday morning at the Homestead 2 Nursing Home, Painesville, after a lingering illness.

Mr. Kiefer had lived at 7 North Park Place, Painesville. He was born June 29, 1862  in Cleveland.

Until his retirement, he had been office manager of the Frank Stanton Ford firm in Painesville and had also worked for the C.J. Wadsworth Clothing Cabinet Co.

Mr. Kiefer was a member of the Painvesville United Methodist Church, Elks Lodge No. 549 in Painesville, and the Painesville Kiwanis Club.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. William (Helen) Blackmore of Cleveland Heights; sister Mrs. Ella Sweet of Monroe, Mich., four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Mary Beth in 1958, his second wife Marie earlier this year, and a son John C.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Johnson Funeral Home, 368 Mentor Ave., Painesville. Dr. Alva W. Taylor of the Painesville United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from noon until 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.


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Transcription: Ohio Death Records, Kirby – Kirk, Page 871

Transcription: Ohio Death Records, Kirby – Kirk, Page 871

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The following is my transcription of the Ohio Death Records for Kirby – Kirk, page 871.

 

John Wesley Kirk Death Record
Ohio death records index listing John Wesley Kirk.

OHIO DEATH RECORDS, Page 871, Kirby – Kirk

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Page No. 871
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
DEATH INDEX
NAME OF DECEASED   /   COUNTY/CITY  /  CO.  CITY CODE   /  VOL. NO.   /   CERTIFICATE  /  DATE OF BIRTH  (Mo./Day/Yr.)
Kirby Ada M            Twp        100        10317        21845        4/13/3
Kirby Anne I            Cleve        181        10500        67531        11/16/3
Kirby Blanche B            Cleve        181        10498        67147        11/4/3
Kirby Bridget            Cleve        181        10528        74747        12/21/3
Kirby Bruce            Warren        781        10490        65198        10/25/3
Kirby Cynthia Ann        Twp        880        10312        20642        3/19/3
Kirby Edwin       Elyria       472       10509      69842      11/27/3
Kirby James W Galpols 271 10444 53602 8/8/3
Kirby Lawrence H Lakewd 182 10501 67957 11/22/3
Kirby Rachael Jane Vil 830 10449 53156 8/26/3

Kirby Webster L        Twp        830        10255        6261        1/8/3
Kirchdorfer Elmer O        Twp        570        10388        39609        6/24/3
Kirchenhauer Edwin F        Twp        810        10315        21340        3/28/3
Kirchendorfer Evelyn        Cleve        181        10493        65886        10/29/3
Kirchner Anna E        Akron        771        10253        5809        1/5/3
Kirchner Emma            Cleve        181        10319        22348        4/3/3
Kirchner George Mason    Stebvil        411        10540        77543        12/22/3
Kirchner Hazel F        Akron        771        10489        64970        10/17/3
Kirchner Herman Geo        Cols        251        10238        2093        1/5/3
Kirchschlager Fredrick        Twp        450        10420        47638        7/21/3
Kiriakidis Stiliano        Cleve        181        10527        74388        12/11/3
Kirian William            Toledo        481        10483        63257        10/1/3
Kirk Alice Lee            Cols        251        10452        55704        9/2/3
Kirk Andrew S            Toledo        481        10483        63257        10/1/3
Kirk Anna L            Salem        152        10447        54391        9/11/3
Kirk Benjamin            Cleve        181        10499        67446        11/13/3
Kirk Cilla            Cleve        181        10349        29993        5/20/3
Kirk Cora Bee            Cinti        311        10455        56414        9/16/3
Kirk Cordelia            Akron        771        10552        80540        12/13/3
Kirk Effie Anne            Twp        300        10240        2682        1/1/3
Kirk Genevieve Theresa    Lakewd        182        10237        1827        1/10/3
Kirk Harold E            Toledo        481        10359        32440        5/31/3
Kirk Harriet A            Cleve        181        10426        49015        8/13/3
Kirk Henry Reigle        Vil        10        10421        47890        8/23/3
Kirk James Thos        Bexley        252        10240        2501        1/19/3
Kirk John Wesley        Twp        120        10443        53476        8/17/3
Kirk Mary Eleanor        Vil        230        10476        61546        10/31/3
Kirk Patrick F            Oakwood    572        10306        19105        3/24/3
Kirk Phoebe            Cols        251        10404        43729        7/27/3
Kirk Richard            Vil        310        10256        6682        1/25/3
Kirk Roy E            Cosh        161        10525        73806        12/23/3

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The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.


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Transcription – Death Certificate of Rebecca Ann Ott

Transcription – Death Certificate of Rebecca Ann Ott

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The following is my transcription of the death certificate of Rebecca Ann Ott, wife to Samuel G. Ott, of Canal Fulton, Ohio.

DEATH CERTIFICATE OF Rebecca Ann Ott

Death Certificate of Rebecca Ann Ott
Death Certificate of Rebecca Ann Ott

STATE OF OHIO
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS
CERTIFICATE OF DEATH

1    PLACE OF DEATH
County   Portage    Registration District No.   1058        File No.
Township                                     Primary Registration District No.   8415    Registered No.   44255
or Village           No.     ,                                      St.,                                                  Ward
or City of   Kent, Ohio    (If death occurred in a hospital or institution, give its NAME  instead of street and number)

2    FULL NAME   Rebecca Ann  Ott
(a)    Residence.    No.              St.,                                            Ward
(Usual place of abode)                    (If nonresident, give city or town and State)
Length of residence in city or town where death occurred                 yrs.             mos.             ds.    How long in  U.S., if of foreign birth?                 yrs.              mos.            ds.

PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS

3    SEX                               4    COLOR OR RACE                          5    SINGLE, MARRIED, WIDOWED or DIVORCED (write the word)                          5a    If married, widowed or divorced
Female                                 White                                                      Married                                                                                                                                           HUSBAND of    Samuel G. Ott
(or) WIFE of

6    DATE OF BIRTH (month, day, and yer)    Jan. 2nd, 1846
7    AGE                Years                Months                 Days        If LESS than 1 day               hrs. or                 min.
8    OCCUPATION OF DECEASED
(a)    Trade, profession or particular kind of work         Housewife
(b)    General nature of Industry, business, or establishment in which employed (or employer)
(c)    Name of employer
9    BIRTHPLACE (city or town)        Canal Fulton        State or country    O
PARENTS
10    NAME OF FATHER    Joseph Kirk
11    BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER (city or town)                    (State or country)    Unknown
12    MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER            Unknown
13    BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER (city or town)        Canal Fulton        (State or country)    Ohio
14    Informant    Samuel G. Ott
(Address)    Canal Fulton, O
15    Filed     8/19, 1922        Frank Bechiter   Registrar

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH

16    DATE OF DEATH (month, day and year)    Aug. 16,  1922
17                                      I HEREBY CERTIFY, that I attended deceased from             , 1917, to Aug. 16th, 1922
that I last saw her alive on July 15th, 1922 and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 8oo P.m.
The CAUSE OF DEATH* was as follows:    Myxedima     (duration)           yrs.            mos.         ds.
CONTRIBUTORY (secondary)         Unknown        (duration)                     yrs.            mos.         ds.
18    Where was the disease contracted if not at the place of death?
Did an operation precede death?     No        Date of
Was there an autopsy?        No
What test confirmed diagnosis?        Physical exam
(Signed)     Hiram Bessinger, M.D.
Aug. 17th, 1922    (Address)    Canal Fulton, O
State the Disease Causing Death, or in deaths from Violent Causes, state (1) Means and Nature of Injury, and (2) whether Accidental, Suicidal or Homicidal. (See reverse side for additional space.)
19    PLACE OF BURIAL, CREMATION OR REMOVAL            DATE OF BURIAL
Union Cemetery, Canal Fulton, O                                            Aug. 19, 1922
20    UNDERTAKER, License No.                            ADDRESS
The Finefrock Bros. Co.                                     Canal Fulton, O.

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The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.

 


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4 stories of hidden treasures you can still look for today.

4 stories of hidden treasures you can still look for today.

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There’s reason to believe you could find a major treasure horde.  After all, there are quite a few still out there just waiting to be unearthed!  Here are just 4 stories of hidden treasures you can still look for today as long as you have a metal detector.

For most metal detectorists, the thrill of the hunt is the driving force behind their metal detecting.   You never know when that signal goes off what you’ll unearth. 

stories of hidden treasures
4 stories of hidden treasures and hordes you can still look for today.

The Treasure of Little Bighorn

During the Battle of Little Bighorn in June 1876 in eastern Montana, a steamboat called the Far West was leased by the government and sent up the Bighorn river to resupply General Custer and his men.

It is said that while Captain Grant Marsh had anchored the ship at the confluence of the Bighorn and Little Bighorn rivers to wait for soldiers to come and unload the supplies, two freighters from Bismark, North Dakota stopped and asked him for help.  They requested that the Far West take on the $800,000 in gold they were carrying because they had just narrowly averted capture by Native Americans several times and were worried if they didn’t hide the gold somewhere it would be stolen.  Although the Captain didn’t want to take on the gold, he did.  Then, he continued to wait for Custer’s soldiers to come and unload the supplies.

As he waited, captain Marsh became nervous about having so much gold on board so he headed upriver to a safer anchorage.  He then took the gold ashore and buried it.

He then returned to the confluence of the two rivers to see if he’d be able to rendezvous with the soldiers.  Unfortunately, instead he received word of Custer’s defeat and was asked to transport the wounded to safety.  With this, the gold was forgotten until the Captain contacted the freighting company several years later.  He even led them to the place he had remembered burying the gold but, the landscape had changed during the time he’d been away and, that $800,000 in gold hasn’t ever been recovered.

Yamashita’s Gold

During WWII Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita and his men stole a great deal of gold and other riches from the countries they invaded.

It is also said that even top officials including the Emperor himself participated in looting during the war.

As the story goes, all of the treasure these high ranking Japanese officials found was stored in Singapore, then relocated to some caves in the Philippines.  The goal was to then transport the treasure from the Philippines to Japan after the war was over, but that was never accomplished.

Some of the treasure is said to have stayed in the Philippines while other portions of it were lost at sea when the merchant ships it was being smuggled in were sunk by Allied forces.  Although many scholars say Yamashita’s treasure is a myth, others believe and they’ve been on the hunt ever since.

Forrest Fenn’s Treasure

Forrest Fenn is a writer and art collector in his late 80’s who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Back in the 1980’s Fenn was diagnosed with cancer.  He was lucky though, and he beat it.

When he recovered, he was inspired to hide somewhere between $3 – 5 million of his personal treasures including gold, jewels, and priceless artifacts somewhere “north of Santa Fe” and “above 5,000 ft”.

He then wrote his memoir “The Thrill of the Chase” and in it included a poem he wrote that will lead readers to his buried treasure – if they can decode it.

Since then he’s also published another book titled “Too Far to Walk” that includes a map of the area where the treasure is hidden but doesn’t give away the exact location.

So far, no one has found it, but maybe you can be the lucky treasure hunter.

Civil War Treasure in Virginia

Stories of treasures buried during the Civil War abound.  One of the more plausible involves a Confederate Commander named John Singleton Mosby.

In the spring of 1863 Commander Mosby had just finished raiding a Union camp and had over 40 prisoners, one of whom was a Union officer.

The officer had a bag that he had been using to store priceless family heirlooms and artifacts, along with some gold and silver pieces he’d stolen from Virginia families.

Commander Mosby took this bag, estimated to be worth over $350,000, and began heading south with the prisoners back toward Confederate territory in Culpeper, Virginia.

Around New Baltimore, Virginia though, a scout spotted a group of Union soldiers.  To avoid them the scout led the group through the woods.

It is at this point that Commander Mosby became nervous about the heirlooms returning to Union hands so, he and Sergeant James Ames buried them between two trees.  He then marked the two trees with an “X” and they rejoined the group which successfully returned to Confederate territory.

After some time, Commander Mosby asked Ames to return to the site with six of his best men to recover the treasure.

While there, the men were all captured and subsequently hung.

Mosby never returned to claim the treasure though he did speak about it to friends and family on his death bed, saying he wished he could have recovered the treasure so he could return the heirlooms to the families they belonged to.

As you can see with these four stories alone, there’s enough treasure out there for everyone!  

So, grab a professional deep seeking metal detector and head out treasure hunting.

As always, be sure to check the local and national laws before you get started. When metal detecting on private property always obtain written permission from the land owner. You never know what you might dig up – maybe you’ll even find one of these treasures!

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About the author

Michael Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written extensively on the subject of metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He has traveled world-wide in his pursuit of educating, exploring and advising others in the proper use of metal detectors. Outside of the business he enjoys mentoring students, being involved in the community and spending time with his family.

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Genealogy obsession in Iceland opens academic doors.

Genealogy obsession in Iceland opens academic doors.

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As I’ve written in previous posts, much of human history has involved the management of relationships, marriages, etc. to safeguard against incestuous relationships, and has resulted in an impressive genealogy obsession in Iceland.
Genealogy obsession in Iceland
Genealogy obsession in Iceland opens academic doors.

Iceland, with its population of only 320,000, is one small corner of the globe that still deals with the issues of living in the shallow end of the gene pool, manifesting in today’s Icelanders’ preoccupation with genealogy and family history.

In one instance, a group of students from the University of Iceland engineering department created a smart phone app, allowing users to simply bump phones to see if they have a common ancestor, as well as if there’s a relationship and just how close it is.

Prior to the smart phone app, the “Book of Icelanders” (Islendingabok), has been the receptacle of genealogy records. Kári Stefánsson, an Icelandic neurologist, created a web-based version of the “Book of Icelanders” to provide constant access to its users. Kári Stefánsson and Fridrik Skulason claim to have documented 95% of Icelanders of the past three hundred years.

A benefit of the impressive job Icelanders have done tracing their family genealogies, is the extensive collection of data available for studies and experiments in many  disciplines including science, social studies, health and genetics.

Another example of the benefits of pursuing genealogy was described in my previous post “Owning a home: Military least likely and fire fighters more likely to own”. In this case, a statistical analysis of census data by Ancestry.com provided data to study home ownership trends over the past century.

Although the thoughts of the current and future benefits of genealogical study are pleasant ones, consider the negative – how would such caches of genealogical information have been used during WWII in Germany? The thought is truly frightening.

Previous posts about this topic are:

Icelandic Ancestry: the Icelandic genealogy database is now available online. 

Ingenius incest prevention app created by University of Iceland students.

The Science of husbandry on a human scale.

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Ingenius incest prevention app created by University of Iceland students.

Ingenius incest prevention app created by University of Iceland students.

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I previously wrote an article about my fascination with the ‘science of husbandry on a human scale‘.

My interest in this subject was piqued by my own Acadian ancestry and the Acadians’ practice of ‘managing’ biological relationships through the church in order to safeguard against close relatives marrying and having children. This has been a necessity through the centuries as a result of people living in small communities that were widespread. The modes of transportation were primitive and substantially increased the possibility of relationships and marriages within family lines. The Acadians recognized these relationships as existing within levels of ‘consanguinity’ or ‘closeness of biological relationship’.

The culture that shares the this Acadian practice to the greatest degree is that of Iceland. They have taken their management of these relationships to a different and greater level through consultation with the Íslendingabók database, a national database of ancestral lines and family trees reaching back several centuries, with their incest prevention app.

Students of the University of Iceland in Reykjavík won a contest for apps run by the Íslendingabók database. With their Android incest prevention app called ‘Sifjaspellsspillir’ or ‘Incest Spoiler’, two people with the app just tap their phones and if they share a grandparent, they will receive an alert. The creators are hoping to make it able to alert regarding common great grandparents in the future.


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I’d like to see an open and free exchange of genealogical data.

I’d like to see an open and free exchange of genealogical data.

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Ideally, I’d like to see an open and free exchange of genealogical data.

I’ve long been a proponent of the open and free exchange of genealogy data to ensure ready access to information for everyone researching their family history.

This morning, however, I read “Cooperation Makes Records Available for Free” at FamilySearch.org and it made me think.

As much as I’d like all genealogical data to be free, I can understand someone wishing to recover their costs of researching the data.

Database profile for Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky, including references to numerous images, documents and sources. (Click on the image to see in full size.)

Although the costs of genealogy research have reduced considerably over the past two decades due to computers and the increasing availability of records, images and data online, we’re seeing a correlating increase in sites online offering valuable data for a fee of some kind, making free data harder to find.

FamilySearch.org is one of the few sites still offering data for free.

In my case, ALL of my data (including images, sources and documents) is available online for free download. I do not charge for anything. I do, however, make revenue from ad clicks and sponsored posts on my sites. The end result is that, at least at present, I can offer all of my data for free as the ads pay for the upkeep and maintenance of my sites – for the most part.

There is a delicate balance here, though. As long as I can afford to offer this information free of charge it will remain so. If there comes a point where I have to recover my costs, I will have to either charge for downloads or remove the site from the internet altogether. Rest assured that this is not anywhere in the foreseeable future.

I’ve also seen a marked increase in the amount of personal genealogy data online that is ‘locked’ or marked ‘private’. I have contacted the owners of such data and in most cases they have been very forthcoming and willing to exchange information. In a few cases, however, the owner can be very protective of their data and will not make it available. Luckily, these appear to be few and far between at present.

I welcome the exchange of data offered by anyone doing genealogy research. It is important that this information remain available. One caveat, however, is to ALWAYS categorize the data as it appears when received. If there are no sources attached, it is questionable at best and it is important to use this information as ‘clues’ to further finds. Do not take this information at face value.

I have a very large database and about half of the data is sourced, while about half is not. I am constantly actively seeking and adding sources to prove the data.

I have received some criticism for this. One researcher contacted me about a particular line of information because it was claimed I had a place name incorrect. Little did this person know I had lived in the area for 21 years and knew it very well. To say this person was hostile is putting it mildly. I couldn’t believe it when it was demanded that I remove the lines pertaining to HER RESEARCH as she was the researcher of this family and I had no business researching it since our connection was only by remarriage, adoption and the birth of half-siblings. She also demanded that I remove anything that was not sourced or proven. To do as she demanded would break up lines and create gaps, leaving me without clues to search for sources to prove the information I do have and fill the gaps.

As I stated above, a good portion of my data is accumulated through free exchange of information, including the import of gedcoms of other peoples’ research. The sources (or lack thereof) remain as they have cited them, but I do search for actual copies of listed sources to attach where possible. I leave unsourced data as I receive it until I can research it further and I categorize any sources I have confirmed or added.

It is important to realize that cooperation and goodwill among researchers is essential to keeping the lines of communication and free flow of information open. Once we start becoming territorial and protective of our data, we contribute to the scarcity of information and increased costs for all.

Again, although such data can be invaluable as clues to further research, it is important to note that all sources are only as good as the attachments and assessed quality.


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

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

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After 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.
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I have also included a description of the reasons why these sites have proved invaluable to me. If you’re looking for information in these areas, be sure to check out these sites.

The headings are links to the sites described and paid sites are indicated by ($) following the heading.

1.  FamilySearch.org

Maintained and updated by the LDS (Latterday Saints) Church, this site has been invaluable for all of my time researching my family’s genealogy. In the past few years in particular, the databases have expanded substantially as the LDS organization works to digitize more and more information. Recently, the search feature has become much more effective and accurate. No matter what country, region or time frame you are researching, this is a wonderful site. Best of all, it is free.

2.  Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is a favorite for all of the reasons listed for FamilySearch.org, the only difference being that a paid subscription is required. Although I do use Ancestry.com a great deal, I plan my research so I don’t have to remain subscribed all of the time. As I research and find gaps, I keep a ‘to do’ list and when it is large enough to warrant the cost, I will subscribe for as long as I think is necessary, tackle my list, and cancel the subscription when I have completed my list. It has been almost a year since I last subscribed because I’ve been finding a substantial amount of information elsewhere. I am due to subscribe pretty soon to tackle my current ‘to do’ list.

If you’re looking for one paid site that provides extensive data from around the world, this is the one.

3.  Cyndi’s List

Cyndi’s List is the largest site that offers extensive links to genealogy sites and resources on the internet. Cyndi has worked tirelessly for decades creating this site of over 300,000 links – sorted, categorized and constantly updated to maintain currency and functionality.

Recently, however, Cyndi’s List has been the target of a hacker who stole her entire site, making minor changes to ‘make it their own’ and attempting to divert revenue to themselves. Be sure the site you’re visiting is actually Cyndi’s List and help protect her extensive investment and our valuable resource.

4.  Olive Tree Genealogy

Olive Tree Genealogy is an extensive portal of links to valuable data and genealogy research information around the world. Although I do find this site somewhat confusing and difficult to navigate, my investment of time and effort has proved valuable as I have found wonderful, obscure data that I was unable to find elsewhere.

5.  Foundation for Medieval Genealogy

You should have seen my surprise when my husband’s ancestry connected directly to nobles and royalty in the medieval period. For the longest time this was a vast brick wall for me as there is very little quality data available online for researching this time.

I can’t remember how I found this site, but it’s an amazing resource as it’s extensively researched and sourced. The sources are described in detail and where there are questions about the data, they make it clear so we can note these gaps and questions in our own research. Where they have drawn conclusions from the existing evidence they examine the evidence and describe their conclusions.

6.  Directory of Royal Genealogical Data: University of Hull

This is another well researched site about royal genealogy from the University of Hull in England that also covers the medieval period, but they are not as clear about the quality of their sources, the evidence they’ve used to form their conclusions and the reasons they formed the conclusions leading to the published genealogy.

7.  Internet Archive

Besides finding and sourcing dates and events, I also enjoy finding the details of the lives of our ancestors through written accounts. Access to these publications has helped immensely with writing this blog by enabling me to understand the circumstances and times in which our ancestors lived.

Internet Archive tops Google E-Books on this list because it is totally free.

8.  Google E-Books

Google E-Books is essentially a site offering paid and free access to public domain written materials and books with a very accurate, intuitive search feature. If you use the link in the heading, however, it is possible to search only titles available for free access and download. To find free titles, be sure to check ‘Full View’ when conducting a search.

9.  Rootsweb

This is a free site offered by Ancestry.com . It’s a valuable resource for providing free access to user input data and family trees. Although I don’t entirely trust the data offered on this site for the simple reason that it is made up from ‘user input’, it has been very valuable to me when encountering those frustrating brick walls. I use the information here as ‘clues’ which have helped me break through those brick walls.

This data is recognizable in my Blythe Database because I do not enter sources or indicate very poor quality sources. Those using my database should interpret these facts as questionable at best.

10.  GeneaBloggers

GeneaBloggers was the genius idea of offering a directory of genealogy blogs. When I have some time on my hands and just want to explore what others are doing and saying, I start at GeneaBloggers.

Have fun checking out these sites!


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DNA, archaeology, anthropology and genealogy open eyes to the past.

DNA, archaeology, anthropology and genealogy open eyes to the past.

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It seems that every time I turn on my computer to view the internet, I find new articles and posts about discoveries made in DNA, archaeology, genealogy and even science, that shed new light on our search into the origins of our own family and heritage, and the origins of our ethnic groups.

Today I stumbled upon the article “Discovered 2.3 k-yr-old human skeleton throws light on our ancestry,” on the ANINews website.

According to this article, “DNA from the complete 1.5 metre tall skeleton is one of the ‘earliest diverged,’ oldest in genetic terms, found to-date in a region where modern humans are believed to have originated roughly 200,000 years ago.”

The DNA evidence pointed to this man being from a branch that is the most closely related to ‘Mitochondrial Eve’ and now presumed to be extinct.

Reading about these new discoveries points out something very intriguing to me. In the past, the discoveries were made based on exploration, experimentation, and finding something new, affecting and changing the future.

Today, the discoveries one hears of most are those delving into the past, using all disciplines of social studies including genealogy, anthropology and archaeology; and the sciences including DNA and chemical analysis.

Today’s most well known and talked about discoveries are looking to the past and where we came from; individually, as a family, and as part of a broader ethnic group.

This suits me fine as this is my area of interest and fascination. I can’t help but feel excitement with each new discovery in my own genealogy, as well as reading and hearing about the discoveries made with a much broader, more global impact.

It all matters and sheds light on who we are and where we came from.


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Transcription: Obituary for Charles G. Blythe

Transcription: Obituary for Charles G. Blythe

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This is my transcription of the obituary for Charles G. Blythe (2nd great grandfather to Mark) from The Hoosier Genealogist, Indiana Historical Society, June 2001, Vol. 41, No. 2.

 

Obituary for Charles G. Blythe
Obituary for Charles G. Blythe.

Blythe, Charles G.

Birthplace: England
Occupation: Farmer
Entry into service: 1861, Pvt. 8th Btry
Final discharge: May 1864; Cause: End of war
Length of service: 4 months [sic]
Mustered into GAR. Mar. 1911
Died. 13 Jan. 1914

Obituary “C. G. Blythe Dies at Daughter’s Home,” Covington Friend, Jan. 1914, p. 1, col. 1: Blythe Was born in Lincolnshire, England, on 12 July 1840. He was the youngest son of Thomas and Mary Blythe. Charles came to America when he was fifteen years of age with his parents and three older brothers. At first they Went to Chicago. The father’s goal was to see his three sons started Well in life in this country and then the father planned to return to his native land. Unfortunately the father became ill and soon died. The boys were scattered to different parts of the country Charles Went to Wisconsin about the time of the Civil War. He enlisted 21 Nov 1861 in the light artillery. He received a bayonet Wound in his arm at Lookout Mountain, Which made him nearly an invalid for the rest of his life. He was honorably discharged in Aug. 1865. After the War he returned to his farm in Wisconsin and was married to Mary Elizabeth Keefer. They had four sons and two daughters, who all survive him. They are: Jennie M. of Urbana, Ill., Charles E. of Danville, Ill. Robert of Newell, S. Dak., Olive L. of lsanti, Mich. [Ipsilanti, Mich. or lsanti, Minn.‘?], and Clayton W. and Wesley E. of Covington. He died in Urbana on 15 Jan. 1914 after having been an invalid for more than a year. Rev E. W Strecker of the Methodist [Episcopal] Church officiated. He is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.

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The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.


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Transcription: Obituary for Mary Foulke (née Underwood)

Transcription: Obituary for Mary Foulke (née Underwood)

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Following is my transcription of the obituary for Mary Foulke (nee Underhill), published Monday, June 3, 1935 on page 2 of the Noblesville Daily Ledger.

MONDAY, JUNE 3, 1935

MARY FOULKE DIED SUNDAY NEAR ARCADIA

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The Funeral Services Will Be Held Tuesday Afternoon

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LONG RESIDENT OF JACKSON TOWNSHIP

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Death of Charles C. Crouch, Indianapolis, Came as a Surprise

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Obituary for Mary Foulke (nee Underwood)
Obituary for Mary Foulke (nee Underwood) – Noblesville Daily Ledger – Mon 3 June 1935, page 2.

Mrs. Mary Frances Foulke, widow of George Foulke, passed away at an early hour Sunday morning in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Grace Robbins, seven miles east of Arcadia. Mrs. Foulke has been in poor health for several years and her death was not unexpected. The body was taken to the Shaffer funeral home at Arcadia, where it will lie in state until Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services will be held in the Shaffer parlors and burial will take place in the cemetery near Sheridan.

Mrs. Foulke was the daughter of Lewis and Sarah (Statton) Underwood and was born Dec. 4, 1853, on the old homestead west of Arcadia, where she resided until less than a year ago when the daughter and family moved to east of Arcadia and she went to live with them. The husband has been dead for several years. Just a year ago, June 6th, the tragic death of her son, Arthur Foulke, of Arcadia, was a great shock to her.

She leaves besides the daughter at whose home she died, two other daughters, Mrs. Alice Phillips, of west of Arcadia, and Mrs. Sarah Ross, residing on road 31, and stepson Alvin Foulke, west of Cicero. She also leaves several grandchildren.

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The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.


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Transcription: Baptism record for Jacques Labelle (and others).

Transcription: Baptism record for Jacques Labelle (and others).

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Following is the baptism record for Jacques Labelle (1688) and other records from the same page of entries. Unfortunately, the image is of very poor quality and a good portion of the page is indecipherable.

 

Feel free to forward any new information and/or corrections to help with this transcription.

Parish records for Mere Ste. Eglise, Lachenaie, Quebec

De Marain qui ons declare ???????? ?????? ni liguer du ????????????? Liliane Bord???????

Baptism record of Jaques Labelle (1688)..
Baptism record of Jaques Labelle (1688)..

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J. Penan et JB Bourgeois
Le ?????????? du Mars 1688 apres les ????????? ?? lapublication du bane faire d’autre Jean Penan dit la fleur soldat dela Compagniedes Mr. de Vergois age de vint cinq ans fils de Mathurin Penan et de MarieRobert les pere ???? dela ville le quint??? Eusebe de Cournouaille d’une pereest Francoise Bourgeois agee de quatorze ans fille de M?????? Bourgeois et de???????? Clire Carpentier de lisle de Jefrey Eusebe de que ??? d’autre ???? ne??? ???? ?????? aucun?????????? Legitime le sousigne juristre Cure Lachenay ai ???? leur ?????? ??????????? pere ??????? de present ?? leur ?? donne laCanad????? Nuptiale ????? la forme det????? Mere Ste Eglise en presence de JeanChevalier et de Nicolas Bourgeois pere Julie Bourgeois et Guillaume Label -??????? ???? le de ??? ?? qui ons ???? declare ???????? ????? ???????? ???????????????? ??? ???? Lord ??????.
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Louis Froger et Elizab. Estier
Les deuxieme ???? de Mars 1688 apres les ????????? et lapublication des banes faire d’entre Louis Froger age ????????? an fils dedessimes Nicolas Froger et Marie Madeleine Martin les pere et mere delaparoisse de la Chenay, courche de quatre June pere et Elizabeth Estier fillesde Leonard Estier et de Elizabeth Gaud??? Les pere et mere des meme paroisse et ??????? ?? ?????? ?????? ????? ????????????.
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Jean Miloin
Le septieme de mois de mars dela 1688 en ????? dans la Commission ??????? Mere Ste Eglise Jean Million ??????? dela Chenay, apre avoir ???? ??? les ???????? ?? ??? ?????? dans le ?????????? ?? ?? ?? paroisse lejour suivant en presence de Laurent Estier et Jacques Froger ??? ????? qui onsdeclare ne ??????? ????? ???????? ???? ????? ?????? ???????????.
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Baptism of Jacques Labelle
Le vint deuxieme du Mars 1688 ???? ??? pretre Cure De la Chenay, ????? baptize Jacques fils de Guillaume Labelle est Anne Charbonneau,la femme nai les ?????????? de meme, mais ?? ??. ????? ??? ????? Jacques de Castellane ??????? ???? de ??????? ?????? ???? Compagne du ?????????? ???? marine, la Maraine Marguerite Minson et le ? parain signe ? pere et Madame ondeclare ne ??????? ?????? ?? signer ??? ??????????? ?????? ??????? ????legitime ?? soussigne paroisse Cure de la Chenay ?? pris leur ????????????????? par para???? De ??????? et leur aid donne la Canadi????? Nuptial ????la forme du ???? Mere Ste. Eglise en presence de Francois Cottineau lui dela et??? ? Jean Froger pere And. Froger ?? ????? ??????? ?? de Leonard Estier pere??? Francois Estier on le dela ?. Estier qui ??? ???? declare ????????? ???????? signer ???? ??????????? Susanne Cordonnaire.

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You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.


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A Primer on Cemetery Research to Find Ancestors

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 Catholic cemetery in Nova Scotia where I and my family spent the better portion of a day checking out the burial sites of our ancestors – and there were bunches of ’em.

By Jillynn Stevens, Ph.D., MSW

Grave Tombstone of Marguerite Melanson.
Cemetery research led to the discovery of Marguerite Melanson’s burial site.

When you’re working on researching distant generations of ancestors, cemetery research is one of the most satisfying, hands on forms of genealogical exploration you can do. It’s one way to connect with a tangible reminder of particular ancestors, which is often an elusive feeling. Finding a tombstone or other sign of the resting place of an ancestor can give you insights into who they were. Is their tombstone humble or grand? Does it contain an inscription that speaks of a simple life, of one that hints at a great love story, or a somber and religious disposition? What dates are inscribed? The information source is rich, yet locating cemeteries and navigating the research process isn’t always straightforward. Here’s how to get started with genealogical cemetery research.

What can I expect to learn from a cemetery?

It’s important to note that cemeteries and grave markers can be excellent sources of information about the deceased. While they are not primary information sources, they can clarify details such as:

An ancestor’s name, including obscure details like maiden names and middle names or even occasionally pet names, but most often:

  • date of birth
  • date of death
  • the names of family members including parents, spouses, and children
  • religion
  • military service
  • fraternal order membership

Cemeteries are a wonderful source of information that can confirm what you’ve learned from earlier research. In other cases, you’ll garner information that you didn’t know. For example, there may be symbolism on a tombstone suggesting that your ancestor was a member of the Masonic Lodge or perhaps they are buried in a Catholic burial ground. Each of these small clues can open up new avenues for research and exploration.


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Transcription: Obituary of Anna Margaret Ganske

Transcription: Obituary of Anna Margaret Ganske

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Following is my transcription of the obituary of Anna Margaret Ganske as published in the Beaver Dam Argus.

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Anna Margaret Ganske - Beaver Dam obituary

Beaver Dam Argus, Thursday, June 7, 1900, p. 5.

GANSKE—-At the Ganske homestead three miles north of Beaver Dam, Wis., June 4, 1900, Mrs. Anna Margaret Ganske, the beloved wife of August Ganske, in the 57th year of her age.

Mrs. Ganske was in her usual good health until Sabbath morning, about 1 o’clock she was seized with distress in her stomach from which she never recovered, although she had the best of care and medical skill. She died on Monday, at 12:30 p. m.

Mrs. Ganske was the daughter of John and Anna Rosena Kraus and was born in Northampton, Mass., August 18, 1843, where her early life was spent. She came west with her parents and was united in marriage to Mr. August Ganske, who had been honorably discharged from the Army, at Oak Grove, October 18, 1863.

Six children were born to them all of whom are living to mourn the loss of their loving mother. These are William, John and Albert Ganske, and Mrs. Charles Waddell of Trenton, and and Miss Anna Rosena, and Charles living at. home.

The funeral of Mrs. Ganske is at 1:30 p. m. today and. her burial in the Old Cemetery, Beaver Dam.

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The image of the image of the obituary for Leonard Scott Keefer above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for Leonard Scott Keefer and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.


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Transcription: Obituary for Carolyn Alma Hodgson (nee Johnson)

Transcription: Obituary for Carolyn Alma Hodgson (nee Johnson)

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Following is my transcription of the obituary for Carolyn Alma Hodgson (nee Johnson), who died in Cairns, Australia. A memorial service was held in Bethel Lutheran Church in Brush Prairie, Washington on August 27, 1995.

Carolyn Alma Hodgson ObituaryCarolyn Alma Hodgson

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, 1995, in Bethel Lutheran Church in Brush Prairie, Wash. Mrs. Hodgson died of a ruptured aorta Aug. 19 in Cairns, Australia, at age 52.

She was born March 14, 1943, in Becker County, Minn. Her maiden name was Johnson. She moved to the Northwest in 1957 and graduated from Central Washington State College. She married Donald L. Hodgson on June 18, 1966. They lived in Beaverton, and she taught at Oregon Episcopal School and worked for ‘Timberline Lodge.

They moved to Papua New Guinea in 1982.

Surviving are her husband; sons, Eric of Dallas, Texas, and Fernando of Gresham; daughters, Anaka of Bradleboro, Vt., and Leyla Bartruff of Troutdale; mother Esther Johnson of Battle Ground, Wash; sister, Alice Olsen of Battle Ground; brothers, Stanley Johnson of Arlington, Wash., and Arvid Johnson of Battle Ground; and four grandchildren.

Disposition by cremation.

Remembrances: Lae Hospital Save the Children Fund, in care of Bethel Lutheran Church, 12919 N.E. 159th, Brush Prairie, Wash. 98606.

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The image of the obituary for Carolyn Alma Hodgson above links directly to the transcription of the document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data on this site is available for free access and download.


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