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Richard III

Richard III’s final resting place is decided.

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3 100    4   107Shares I have long been fascinated by the news of events regarding the finding, genetic studying and reburying of King Richard III’s remains. I have written a couple of posts regarding the search for, discovery and excavation of his burial site under the parking lot of the Greyfriars Abbey in Leicester. The posts were: Bones …

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Transcription: Biography of Joan Antrobus

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           Following is my transcription of the biography of Joan Antrobus taken from pages 67 to 69 of The Great Migration – Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol I. JOAN ANTROBUS ORIGIN: St Albans, Hertfordshire MIGRATION: 1635 FIRST RESIDENCE: Unknown ESTATE: On 16 May 1614, administration on the estate of Walter Antrobus of St Albans was …

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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.   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: …

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Mary Frances 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 _____ The Funeral Services Will Be Held Tuesday Afternoon _____ LONG RESIDENT OF JACKSON TOWNSHIP _____ Death of Charles C. …

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Jack Johnson

Transcription: Jack Johnson biography.

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           The following is my transcription of the biography of Jack Johnson, taken as an excerpt from a compilation of numerous biographies in the book “Cabri: Through the Years”, page 619.   JACK JOHNSON Jack Johnson, a friend to all, had had a varied life before coming to this part of the country. He had been …

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Roger de Mortimer, Earl of March

Sir Roger de Mortimer and Queen Isabella of France

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           In geneal­ogy research there comes a point in his­tory where the only sources avail­able are very sub­jec­tive and ques­tion­able at best. We must con­sider how many per­sons the account was retold to before it was finally put to paper. We also must ask about the motives and biases of those recount­ing the story over time, and …

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Margaret Anna Ganske - Beaver Dam obituary

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. _________________ 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 …

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Transcription: Obituary of Margaret Bourgeois

Transcription: Obituary for Margaret Ducharme (Peggy Ducharme).

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           Following is the obituary for Margaret Ducharme, who died 1998 in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Unfortunately, I have no indication of which newspaper published this obituary.   She has also been known as Peggy Ducharme, Margaret Bourgeois, Peggy Bourgeois, Margaret Y. Bourgeois, and finally, Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois. Margaret Y. Ducharme Margaret Y. “Peggy” Ducharme, 82, …

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Boily, Yvonne

Transcription: Obituary for Yvonne (Bisson) Boily

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6          6SharesFollowing is my transcription of the obituary for Yvonne (Bisson) Boily   A son domicile le 4 mars 1995, à l’âge de 85 ans et 8 mois, est décédée dame Yvonne Bisson, épouse de feu Léo Boily. Elle demeurait au 229 rue Principale, Vallée-Jonction. Les funérailles auront lieu mardi le 7 mars à 15h. Départ …

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Erik IX, Saint, King of Sweden

Erik IX, King of Sweden

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3          3SharesErik IX, King of Sweden, is 26th great grandfather of my children on their father’s side. The odd thing about this ancestry is that it is not through my husband’s mother’s Swedish ancestry, but through his father’s Welsh, and Royal ancestors. Keeping in mind the quality of sources going back that far, I have sourced …

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Harold Everett Redetzke

Transcription: Obituary for Harold Everett Redetzke; 1935 – 2002

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

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Hitler and nazi soldiers

WWII art thefts documented in recently recovered diary of Alfred Rosenberg.

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           A lingering mystery from the second world war is where are the artworks missing as a result of the WWII art thefts? One of my earliest memories is from when I was about five years old, shuffling through a small stack of black and white postcards my parents had collected of Hitler’s compound and bunker, …

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Transcription: Biography of William Read Shelby; National cyclopaedia of American biography.

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2          2SharesNOTE: In the biography of William Read Shelby as well as some biographies of earlier Shelbys, the birthplace is erroneously claimed to be Cameron, Wales, when in truth it was Tregaron, Carnarvon, Wales. ____________ 1842-1930 (handwritten) SHELBY, William Read, railroad president was born in Lincoln county, Ky., Dec. 4, 1842, eldest son of John Warren …

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William W. Shelby biography.

Transcription: “Who’s Who in Engineering” bio of William W. Shelby.

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           Transcription: “Who’s Who in Engineering” bio of William W. Shelby.   SHELBY, William W., Jr., Esmeralda, Coahuila, Mex. ; res. Henderson, Ky. Mining Engr ; b. Henderson, Ky, Nov. 16, 1888 ; s. William W. and Mary (Turner) Shelby ; R.E.M. 1908, B.C.E. 1909, Univ. of Ky ; E.M. Columbia Univ., 1911 ; Kappa Alpha …

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Ervin Thornton family biography.

Transcription: Biography of Ervin Thornton and his family, of Tappen, New York.

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           Transcription: Biography of Ervin Thornton and his family, of Tappen, New York. [Tappen, 1878 – 1966] ERVIN THORNTON On September 12. 1948 Ervin Thornton and Wynola Dewald were united in marriage in the Lutheran Church at Dawson. They were the first couple to be married in this church after it was moved there from Gackle. …

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DEBATE ABOUT NUMBERS, PERCENTAGES AND ODDS IN GENEALOGY FASCINATES.

Debate about numbers, percentages and odds in genealogy fascinates.

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           There will always be debate about numbers, percentages and odds in genealogy. I am so lucky that we have such a wide range of ancestries and national origins in my husband’s and my family trees. Those who have read my posts before are already well aware that our ancestries branch off from four (or five) …

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Albert Rascher WWII Draft Card

Transcription: US WWII Draft Registration Card for Albert Rascher

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           Transcription: US WWII Draft Registration Card for Albert Rascher. REGISTRATION CARD — (Men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897) Line 1 SERIAL NUMBER: U827 NAME: Albert Rascher ORDER NUMBER: Line 2 PLACE OF RESIDENCE: R.F.D. No. 1 – Arlington Heights Cook Illinois (The place of residence given …

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

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

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Transcription: Obituary for Camille Vachon

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           The following is a transcription of the French text of an obituary for Camille Vachon. VACHON, Camille À l’Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis, le  20 juin 1990, à l’âge de 83 ans et 10 mois, est décédé monsieur Camille Vachon, époux de dame Marie-Anna Boily. Il démeurait à Sts-Anges. La famille recevre les condoléances à la salle …

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Van Gendren family

Transcription: Biography of Arie Van Gendren and his family.

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           Transcription of the biography of Arie Van Gendren, his wife and family as taken from “Cabri, Through the Years.” My father, Arie Robert VanGendren, was born in the U.S. in 1866. My mother, Emma Christine Jensen, was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in l876 and moved to North Dakota when she was 12 years old, along …

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A Few Bad Apples; cartoon

The largest family tree ever may help with research into genetic traits.

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           I was amazed to read on the “nature” blog that a genome hacker has discovered what is believed to be the most extensive family tree ever, consisting of 13 million linked individuals. This family tree was constructed with data from online genealogy sites, and the researchers plan to analyse genetic traits and how they pass from generation …

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Rochester History, Henry O'Reilly

Transcription: Biography of Henry O’Reilly from ‘Rochester History’

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           The following is a transcription of the biography of Henry O’Reilly from the book, “Rochester History,” edited by Dexter Perkins, City Historian, and Blake McKelvey, Assistant City Historian. ROCHESTER HISTORY Edited by DEXTER PERKINS, City Historian and BLAKE MCKELVEY, Assistant City Historian VoL. VII JANUARY, 1945 No. 1 Henry O’Reilly By DEXTER PERKINS Henry O’Reilly …

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Biography of John P. Keefer

Transcriptions: John P. Keefer; Biographical Annals of Franklin County

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           The following is a transcription of the biographical data and ancestry of John P. Keefer from the Biographical Annals of Franklin County. BIOGRAPHICAL ANNALS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY. 184 JOHN P. KEEFER. Few men of Franklin county have been more actively identified with the mercantile interests of Chambersburg than Mr. John P. Keefer, a leading dry …

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Keefer, Christian W. and Mary A

Genealogy Mystery: Who were Christian W. Keefer’s parents?

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3          3SharesChristian W. Keefer (Chester) is an important figure in one of the main branches of my husband’s and children’s ascendancy. He married Mary Ann Jacques and they eventually settled and raised a family in Dodge County, Wisconsin. After numerous years of research, however, I’m still left scratching my head at the mystery of the identity …

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