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Melansons and the Acadian Expulsion

Melansons and the Acadian Expulsion

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1          1ShareThe British conquered Acadia from the French in 1710 and subsequently, the Acadians refused to sign an unconditional oath of allegiance to Britain. At this time, the Acadians and Mi’kmaq formed militia against the British and as a result of what the British viewed as the rebellious actions of some of the Acadians, British Governor …

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Powhatan Historic State Park

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of John Royall Jr. of Powhatan County, Virginia.

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1          1Share  The following is my transcription of the Last Will and Testament of John Royall Jr. of Powhatan County, Virginia.   In the name of God, I John Royall Jr of the County of Powhatan being weak of body but of sound mind and disposing memory do make and ordain this to be my last will …

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Major General George Cadwalader

Transcription: Obituary for Major General George Burges Cadwalader

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            Transcription of an obituary for Major General George Burges Cadwalader.   — General George Cadwalader died in Philadelphia, on Monday afternoon, in the seventy-third year of his age, from an attack resembling apoplexy, with which he was seized on Sunday night. He was a brother of Judge Cadwalader, who died on Sunday week, and …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 2 Dec 2017.

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6          6Shares  The following are the more recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 2 Dec 2017.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 2 Dec 2017.   Argentina Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975 Brazil Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2014 Denmark Denmark Census, 1834 Denmark Census, 1835 …

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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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Gummeson - Ella, Ken, Helen, Mazel, Axel

Transcription – Axel and Ella Gummeson and Family Biography

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            AXEL AND ELLEN (ELLA) GUMMESON   Axel and Ella Gummeson, and Kenneth age 10 weeks, left Amery, Wisconsin, U.S.A., by train and arrived in Cabri, Saskatchewan, on April 21, 1917. They took up residence at the August Gummeson farm on the south edge of town. Several brothers and a sister of Axel had come …

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Namibia

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 4 Nov 2017.

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             The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 4 Nov 2017. Featured image: Namibia   FamilySearch.org updates and additions.   Canada British Columbia, Victoria Times Birth, Marriage and Death Notices, 1901-1939 Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922 Croatia Croatia, Delnice Deanery Catholic Church Books, 1725-1926 Czechoslovakia Czech Republic Church Books, 1552-1963 Denmark …

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

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

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Marriage record of Telesphore Blanchet and Agnes Larocque.

Transcription: Marriage record of Telesphore Blanchet and Agnes Larocque and others.

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             The following is my transcription of the marriage record of Telesphore Blanchet and Agnes Larocque and others.   SCHEDULE B – MARRIAGES   County of Carleton   Division of Ottawa   His Name 002683 Louis Berthiaume 002684 Telesphore Blanchet 002685 Joseph Adrian Burke Age 32 57 23 Residence when Married Ottawa Ottawa Ottawa Place …

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Rose-Anna Labelle Memorial Card

Transcription: Memorial card for Rose-Anna Labelle

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

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

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

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 28 Jun 2016.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 18 Oct 2017.

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            The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 18 Oct 2017.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 18 Oct 2017.   Argentina Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975 Australia Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration (District Registers), …

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Keefer, Chester and Jacques, Mary Ann - Marriage Record

Transcription: Marriage record for Chester Keefer and Mary Ann Jaques.

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             Transcription of the Marriage Record for Chester Keefer and Mary Ann Jaques.   THE STATE OF OHIO, Geauga County Personaly appeared Chester W. Keefer and made application for a MARRIAGE LICENSE for himself and Mary Ann Jaques of the township of Munson in said county, and made solemn oath the he the said Chester …

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Our Melanson Family: A haunting history?

Our Melanson Family: A haunting history?

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            Since we’re coming up onto Halloween, I decided to repost this story about our own Melanson family’s haunting history.   I posted in the past about the ancestry of my mother’s Fougère and Melanson families. The Fougères and Melansons were original Acadian settlers in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, having traveled from France in the …

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Cadwallon ap Cadfan

Cadwallon ap Cadfan, King of Gwynedd.

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9          9Shares  My children’s 40th great grandfather, Cadwallon ap Cadfan (also Cadwalader, Cadwallon, Caedwalla, Caswallon, Caedwalla, or Catgublaun), King of Gwynedd (presently north Wales), was born about 600 in Gwynedd, and is just one of their many Welsh Quaker ancestors.   He was the son of Cadfan (Cadvan) ap Iago, King of Gwynedd (570-625) and Afandreg …

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Larry David and Bernie Sanders are distant cousins | Flavorwire

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              On the fourth season premiere of “Finding Your Roots,” Henry Louis Gates Jr. revealed a match between the Senator and comedian’s DNA.   In fact, Larry David and Bernie Sanders are distant cousins.   Throughout the three seasons of Henry Louis Gates Jr.,’s PBS series Finding Your Roots, the author and historian has …

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Filles du Roi

How the Filles du Roi brought the ‘Mother’s Curse’ to Canada | The Atlantic

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             The first King’s Daughters—or filles du roi—arrived in New France in 1663, and 800 more would follow over the next decade. Given their numbers, they were not literally the king’s daughters of course.   They were poor and usually of common birth, but their passage and dowry were indeed paid by King Louis XIV …

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1784 Will of Thomas Batte Senior (partial)

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             The following is my transcription of a partial typed copy of the 1784 will of Thomas Batte Senior.   I’m still looking for the complete will or the missing portion, but the major points and information appear to be included in the page I do have.   Last Will and Testament of Thomas Batte …

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In remembrance.

In Remembrance.

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       3   3Shares  Being from a dedicated military family, this is a somber time of year for us, in remembrance of those in our families who have served, or worse yet, who we lost during military service.   The relationships to our children, Erin and Stuart, are in italics following the excerpt. Remembering those we lost in …

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Harvey S. Jaques.

Transcription: Obituary for Harvey S. Jaques (1834 – 1912).

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           The following is my transcription of the obituary for Harvey S. Jaques (1834 – 1912).   Harvey S. Jaques   Harvey S. Jaques was born Sept. 5, 1834, near Millville, Butler County, Ohio, here he spent his early childhood. He was the oldest of 12 children of Richard and Mary Jaques. Four brothers, John Louis, …

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Copying and transcription errors.

Oh, the difference one letter can make when using copied or transcribed documents!

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           This joke is the best illustration I’ve ever seen of the negative effects of working from copied documents instead of originals. This should be on display in every library, archive and genealogy center as a reminder of the perils awaiting. This is something I think about every time I do a transcription, and this type …

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Biography of David D. Shelby.

Transcription: David D. Shelby, “Men and Women in America”

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           Following is my transcription of the biography of David D. Shelby from “Men and Women in America.” SHELBY, David D.: United States circuit judge; born in Madison County, Ala., Oct. 24, 1847 ; son of Dr. David and Mary (Boulding) Shelby. He studied law in Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., was admitted to the bar in …

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Utica, Ohio

Transcription: Coon family reunion article; “The Newark Advocate” of August 21, 1937.

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           Article regarding the Coon family reunion in “The Newark Advocate” of August 21, 1937.   Coon Reunion. The 12th annual Coon reunion was held in ”Roadside park” Utica, Sunday, with 38 relatives and friends present. During the business meeting, in charge of the president, Fred Cullison, the following officers were elected for the coming year: …

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DNA hard drive.

DNA: The best hard drive on earth.

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            It turns out DNA is the best storage medium there is on Earth. Nothing beats it. Think about it, all the directions that make you up are stored on tiny proteins that are hard to see even with a microscope. The human genome (all of those directions controlling your eye color, hair color, height, …

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