Transcription: Obituary for Sanford Porter, founding member of the Mormon polygamous group.

Transcription: Obituary for Sanford Porter, founding member of the Mormon polygamous group.

Obituary for Sanford Porter Sr. For a short time, I was dealing with a brick wall at my husband’s 5x great grandfather, Nathaniel Porter and his wife Tabitha Warner. After searching online genealogy sites to no avail, I finally decided to do a basic genealogy search in Google using both of their names in quotes.  …

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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

Obituary for Ruth Halbman Daily 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. …

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Transcription: Obituary for Ruth Halbman of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Transcription: Obituary for Ruth Halbman of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Obituary for Ruth Halbman Ruth 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 …

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Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

  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?   The result of these connections is that my husband and children are distantly related (20th cousins …

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

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

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

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

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

The following is my transcription of the Ohio Death Records for Kirby – Kirk, page 871.   OHIO DEATH RECORDS, Page 871, Kirby – Kirk __________________________ Page No. 871 OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DEATH INDEX NAME OF DECEASED   /   COUNTY/CITY  /  CO.  CITY CODE   /  VOL. NO.   /   CERTIFICATE  /  DATE OF …

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Transcription – Death Certificate of Rebecca Ann Ott

Transcription – Death Certificate of Rebecca Ann Ott

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 STATE OF OHIO BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS CERTIFICATE OF DEATH 1    PLACE OF DEATH County   Portage    Registration District No.   1058        File No. Township          …

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Transcription: Revolutionary War Plaque for Gabriel Steely

Transcription: Revolutionary War Plaque for Gabriel Steely

The following is a transcription of a plaque recognizing Gabriel Steely as a Revolutionary Soldier.   REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIER GABRIEL STEELY Born Aug. 19, 1763 – Died May 2,  1830 Wife: Mary [Stewart] Steely Parents of John Steely, Dr. Meek Steely and Isabella Duncan, of Kingston, Ohio, George Steely and  Sarah Shelby of Covington, Indiana, Reuben …

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Transcription: Revolutionary War Index card for Abel Cadwalader.

Transcription: Revolutionary War Index card for Abel Cadwalader.

The following is my transcription of the Revolutionary War Index card for Abel Cadwalader. Inactive Duty Militia Cadwalader, Abel Rank: Lieutenancy: Philadelphia County. Battalion: 1st Company: 5th, Capt. David Dowlin Class: Remarks: “under age, Provd.” Authority: Nonattendance Account, 1781-1782 Date: N.B. Muster Fines £ Published: “Military Accounts: Militia,” Records of the Comptroller General, RG-4 THE …

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Smashed brick wall: Prominent Busse and Froemling families of Chicago.

Smashed brick wall: Prominent Busse and Froemling families of Chicago.

There’s nothing like the feeling of solving a mystery like the one about the biological family of my husband’s grandmother Louise Reynolds. Born in October of 1911, she was given up for adoption. A wonderful couple, William Dennis Matthews and his wife Claudia adopted her and a little boy, William Dennis Matthews, Jr.   She …

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Transcription: Society at Richmond, The Washington Post, March 28, 1915

Transcription: Society at Richmond, The Washington Post, March 28, 1915

Although this article from the Washington Post Society Column of March 28, 1915 does not mention any individuals I am researching, it is on a newspaper page copy that does. I am posting the transcription of this and numerous other articles from this page as it is a wealth of names and information of society …

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Transcription: Hyattsville Society, The Washington Post, March 28, 1915

Transcription: Hyattsville Society, The Washington Post, March 28, 1915

The following is a transcription from a very poor quality copy of the Washington Post of March 28, 1915. Every effort has been made to accurately decipher the text, but where this was not possible the text has been represented below by [???an ?. ?????]. In many instances, it’s impossible to even decipher the quantity …

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Transcription: Tombstone of Clayton William Blythe and Erwin Oliver Blythe

Transcription: Tombstone of Clayton William Blythe and Erwin Oliver Blythe

BLYTHE (Left Side) Father Clayton 1883-1943 (Right Side) Son Erwin O. 1911-1927 Irving Park Cemetary, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ____________________ 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 …

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Transcription: Tombstone of Christian Biller (1792-1873)

Transcription: Tombstone of Christian Biller (1792-1873)

Christian Biller was buried in the Tomahawk Pond Cemetery (aka Antioch, Barb Schoolhouse, Biller-Estep Cemeteries) in Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States.   Transcription: Christian Biller Born Dec. 17, 1792 Died Aug. 15, 1873 Aged 80 yrs 8 mos & 29 days ____________________ The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, …

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Transcription: In Memoriam for Philomène Bisson (1839-1919)

Transcription: In Memoriam for Philomène Bisson (1839-1919)

A LA DOUCE MEMOIRE DE Dame PHILOMÈNE BISSON Epouse de FEU SIEUR NARCISSE GRÉGOIRE Décédée à St Sauveur de Québec, le 25 décembre 1919, a l’age de 80 ans. ———————- Mon Dieu j’ai achevé ma course, mon pèlerinage est terminé ; j’ai consommé l’oeuvre que vous m’aviez conflée et maintenant je retourne à vous a …

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Genealogy obsession in Iceland opens academic doors.

Genealogy obsession in Iceland opens academic doors.

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. Iceland, with its population of only 320,000, is one small corner of the globe that still deals with the issues of living …

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Ingenius incest prevention app created by University of Iceland students.

Ingenius incest prevention app created by University of Iceland students.

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 …

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Transcription: Obituary for Clermont Boily

Transcription: Obituary for Clermont Boily

Here is my transcription of the obituary for Clermont Boily. Décés et fuérailles de Clermont Boily (noted in handwriting: fils Cleophas 13) A sa résidence, le 30 janvier 1983, à l’âge de 59 ans et 6 mois est décédé Clermont Boily, époux en premières noces de feu dame Irène Turmel et en secondes noces de …

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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.

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 …

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ABOUT THIS SITE...

This is my blog chronicling my ongoing genealogy and family tree research. A second static site called Blythe Genealogy is my genealogy database of approximately 80,000 individuals, including sources, documents, photos, etc. This database consists of the highly sourced main branches of our family trees.

We do have a master database of 125,000 individuals (including distant collateral lines) that is not published because it requires more sources and cleanup work.

I'm a wife and mother, with a wonderful husband and two great 'kids' who are now young adults, and we live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada - in the great city of Chilliwack, to be exact (one hour from Vancouver).

Empty Nest Ancestry and Blythe Genealogy are websites designed to make all of my genealogy research available to others at no charge. I'd like nothing better than to promote this as a free exchange of information for all genealogy researchers.

It is important to keep in mind as you explore this site that I make no guarantees. My entire body of research is here, including speculations and unsubstantiated information. All information is only as good as the sources cited. Any speculations are clearly stated along with my reasons for them.

MY FAMILY HISTORY

My family's genealogy is mostly French and French Canadian.

Originating in France, both my father's and mother's branches were original settlers in Canada.My father's family immigrated from France to Quebec sometime in the 17th century, with my father's family living mostly around Beauce and Lac Megantic.

My mother's family immigrated from France to Nova Scotia on the ship 'Satisfaction' under command of Peter Butler and in company of Sir Thomas Temple in 1657. These original settlers along the Atlantic became known as l'Acadie (the Acadians). My mother's maiden name is Melanson and she is directly descended from Pierre (dit Laverdure) and Priscilla Mellanson, who are on record in London with their children prior to making the crossing.

MARK'S FAMILY HISTORY

Mark's family's genealogy is varied and fascinating, including Welsh, French, British, Swedish, Danish, Canadian, Spanish, and numerous others.

On his father's side it includes Welsh Quakers who immigrated to America at the time of and some with William Penn. From these Welsh Quakers is his family's royal connections with several of his multiple great grandparents having been Kings and Queens of England. As a result of the royal lineage, his family is linked to every nation that ever married into the British royal family.

On his mother's side is Swedish and Danish ancestry as his great-grandparents immigrated to America in the late 1800's and early 1900's from Sweden. Shortly after, they settled in Saskatchewan, Canada as a result of the promise of free workable land on the Canadian prairie.

BLYTHE GENEALOGY DATABASE

My Blythe genealogy database is part of this site and is easily accessed through the upper menu.

This is where all specific data, relationships, images, documents and sources are available for free download. Don't leave this site without exploring it first.

There is true treasure there.Weave all of this together with sometimes humorous, scandalous and completely fascinating stories of ancestral family members and you have this site.

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