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Scales and weights of a viking trader.

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

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

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

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 16 Jul 2018.

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             The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 16 Jul 2018. (Featured image: Lime Street, Liverpool, in the 1890s with St. George’s Hall in England) FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 16 Jul 2018.   Bolivia Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 Luxembourg Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1796-1941 Peru Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions.

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

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

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Military Bounty Land Warrant Certificate - William B. Coon

William B. Coon – Soldier in the War of 1812

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            In a previous post, I told the story of David Coon, the fourth great grandfather to my children Erin and Stuart, and his service and death in the Civil War. His father, William B. Coon (about 1789 to August 25, 1854) was also a soldier, but in his case he served in the War …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions

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

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

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Edward "Longshanks" I, King of England

Edward “Longshanks” I, King of England

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

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions

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

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

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William Fitzalan Bio

Transcription: Biography of William Fitzalan.

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             Biography of William Fitzalan, from the Dictionary of National Biography.   FITZALAN, WILLIAM (d. 1160), rebel, was the son and heir of Alan Fitzflaald, by Aveline or Adeline, sister of Ernulf de Hesding (EYTON, Shropshire, vii. 222-8). His younger brother, Walter Fitzalan (d. 1177), was ‘the undoubted ancestor of the royal house of Stuart’ …

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The best free archives online.

The best free archives online.

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           The Internet is an incredible source of information, a lot of it collected by some of the best free archives online.   You may be thinking to yourself, “Well, duh…thank you for that insight, Captain Obvious.” But I think people fail to realize just how massive the scope of the web really is. Do me …

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Thresherman's Reunion Agricultur Machinary Show Manitoba Agricultural Museum Austin Manitoba Canada

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 16 Jan 2018.

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             The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 16 Jan 2018. Featured image: Thresherman’s Reunion Agriculture Machinary Show, Manitoba, Canada.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 16 Jan 2018.   Colombia Colombia, Diocese of Barranquilla, Catholic Church Records, 1808-1985 Liberia Liberia, Marriage Records, 1912-2015 Mexico Mexico, Baja California and Baja California …

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Semi nomadic Sami or Laplander family in Northern Norway or Sweden in traditional clothing.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 3 Jan 2018.

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             The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 3 Jan 2018.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 3 Jan 2018.   Africa Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957 Brazil Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014 Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2014 Costa Rica Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 Dominican Republic Dominican …

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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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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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Canada Post issues Halifax Explosion stamp marking 100 years since the disaster | CTV Atlantic News

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           THE CANADIAN PRESS Published Monday, November 6, 2017 7:29AM AST Last Updated Monday, November 6, 2017 11:25AM AST   HALIFAX — Nova Scotia Lt.-Gov Arthur J. LeBlanc has unveiled a Canada Post stamp that commemorates the Halifax Explosion. The stamp depicts the moments after the munitions vessel SS Mont Blanc collided with the SS Imo …

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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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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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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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Stayed on their toes: How medieval people walked, ran and fought.

Staying on their toes: How medieval people walked, ran and fought.

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             As a consequence of my 20+ years of genealogy research into our family’s history, I have become fascinated with how medieval people lived, including the flexibility and adaptability of the different times and cultures.   Part of life was learning to live and succeed by using our own body mechanics for the best result …

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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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Ancient tomb of Santa Claus discovered beneath church.

Ancient tomb of Santa Claus discovered beneath church.

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           The Death of St. Nicholas. Archaeologists in Turkey may be on the cusp of solving a mystery thousands of years in the making after they stumbled on a tomb beneath the remains of an ancient church they believe contains the remains of Saint Nicholas—known popularly as Santa Claus.   A portion of the site believed …

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Avoiding the quick pace and immediate gratification of 'Pinball Genealogy'.

Avoiding the quick pace and immediate gratification of ‘Pinball Genealogy’.

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           Recently I read a post on the dearMyrtle.com blog about ‘Pinball Genealogy’, a general description of which is the quick ‘bouncing’ from one source to another, attaching the obvious data and facts without taking the time to explore the document to fully investigate all the information available. An example of such a document is a …

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