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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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Tomb of Roger Vaughan and Gwladus ferch Dafydd Gam.

Sir William ap Thomas and Gwladus ferch Dafydd Gam

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17          17SharesSir William ap Thomas Herbert, (21st great grandfather to my children) was born about 1390 to Sir Thomas ap Gwilyn (1360-1438) and Maud de Morley (1375-    ). Featured image: Tomb with Effigies of Roger Vaughan and Gwladus ferch Dafydd Gam. Sir William ap Thomas first married Elizabeth (or Isabel) Bluet (1380-1420), daughter of Sir John …

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State Archives offers public access.

The Discovery Service at the National Archives in Great Britain

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3          3SharesThe UK National Archives  has a free online search, but there are problems. Some knowledge has always been necessary to search the catalogue with any success. The Discovery Service makes it easier for everyone – novice to expert – to search and use the collection. The user is able to search the collection, explore and …

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Elizabeth Stalham baptism record

Transcription and Translation: Baptism of Elizabeth Stalham and others from the St. George Tombland Church register.

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2          2SharesSt. George Tombland Church Parish Register of Norfolk, England for 1597 – Elizabeth Williams (Stalham) baptism (and others).   This was very difficult to transcribe and translate, and errors may be present. Be sure to consult the original image and keep the original image attached to this transcription and translation.   Transcription of Latin text …

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Google genealogy search tools.

My “Can’t Do Without” Genealogy Tools List

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           Over the years I find myself returning to the same tools and sites to further my genealogy research. Some of them are not easily found and I thought it might be an idea to list them here for you. The two sites I use continually are FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com . Below is a list of …

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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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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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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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Dame Emma Albani

Dame Emma Albani (Emma Marie Louise Cécile Lajeunesse) of Chambly, Québec

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            Emma Marie Louise Cécile Lajeunesse (known professionally as Dame Emma Albani), was a world-renowned soprano for most of the 19th century and into the early 20th century.   Featured image: Dame Emma Albini (4th cousin 3 times removed) on her tours of Europe and North America, where she sang for Queen Victoria, Kaiser Wilhelm I …

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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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Records and Documents from the Past Paint a Picture

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           I’m a visual thinker. Every record I find provides information that helps to inform of the living conditions, financial circumstances,  physical health and social times of the people concerned. The more informative the record is, the more vivid is the picture it paints in my mind. The best example of this I’ve ever seen are …

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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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Partnerships in Genealogy are Expanding our Research Horizons

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           The newest partnership is that of Ancestry.com and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. This partnership will make over seven million birth, marriage and death records available through the Pennsylvania Vital Records Collection on Ancestry.com . These records will span 300 years between 1593 and 1908. The newest records to join the collection are: Pennsylvania, Births, …

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Transcription: War Diary of the 73rd Canadian Infantry Battalion for the Vimy Ridge Disaster of March 1-3, 1917.

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18      3   21SharesIn honor of today’s ceremonies remembering the anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge, I am reposting several articles about my own ancestors who died in WWI.    In my father’s French Canadian, ‘Turmaine’ branch of the family, we have two known soldiers who died in the first world war. The first was my grand uncle, Pte. Joseph …

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London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812

Transcription: London Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812

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1          1ShareThe following is my transcription of two pages of the London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials register of 1538-1812. These two pages cover 1607-1609 specifically. ___________________ For assistance with translating the dates, see my post Learning to transcribe from ye olde English and Latin. ___________________ The image links directly to the original document. You can …

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Vandergrift, Westmoreland, PA

Transcription: Biographies of John Sloan Smeltzer, Jules Hugg, James Keating (in part) and including Jacob and Mary Shellhammer.

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           The following is my transcription from the original image of page 563 of “The History of Westmoreland County”, in my case concerning the Shellhammers, but mentioning the Smeltzer, Chambers, Meeker, Fox, Sloan, Stidard, Lawrence, Wicht, Theibert, Beck, Hugg, and Keating surnames.   HISTORY OF WESTMORELAND COUNTY 563 JOHN SLOAN SMELTZER.   The father of John Sloan …

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Learning to transcribe old documents.

Learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.

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           Transcribing the baptism register from Norfolk, England in my previous post, “Transcription and Translation: Baptism of Elizabeth Stalham and others from the St. George Tombland Church register” was particularly problematic for me, requiring my learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.   I am familiar with transcribing in several languages such as German, …

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Wogaman, Burkett, Holdery - featured

Transcription: Wogaman, Burkett and Holdery – Burkhart — Burckhardt — Burket — Burkett

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           Transcription: Wogaman, Burkett and Holdery – Burkhart — Burckhardt — Burket — Burkett   WOGAMAN, BURKETT, HOLDERY Author:     Ezra McFall Kuhns Publisher:     [Dayton, Ohio? : s.n., 1948] Series:      Genealogy & local history, G7296. BURKHART — BURCKHARDT — BURKET — BURKETT (First Page) It has been said that Emanuel Burkhart whose home …

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DNA Map of UK migration.

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 …

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

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Genealogy Database

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           Our Blythe Genealogy Database After extensive work, my genealogy database is now updated and links can be found in the upper menu or in the left sidebar. There are thousands of surnames and the extensive lineages include Welsh Quaker immigrants to the USA, French Canadian, Acadian, American pioneers, Canadian pioneers, French, British, Welsh, German, Scandinavian …

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Records documenting residential school abuses to be destroyed

Tugs at the heartstrings – foundling swatches tell a story.

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           Foundling swatches are ‘bits and pieces’ such as cloth scraps, mementos, jewelry or any other identifying objects that were left with abandoned children upon admittance to the foundling hospital. These swatches were sometimes helpful in reuniting the child and mother at a future time. Numerous such foundling swatches were rediscovered approximately 250 years after they …

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George, Duke of Clarence

Legend lives on: George, the Duke of Clarence, drowned in wine.

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1          1ShareGeorge, Duke of Clarence was born on October 21, 1449 at Dublin Castle in Dublin, Ireland to Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York (21 Sep 1411-30 Dec 1460) and Cecily Neville (3 May 1415-31 May 1495). George has lived in infamy because of his horrible end: George, the Duke of Clarence, drowned in wine.   This was a time …

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Robert Stone's Last Will and Testament

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Robert Stone, April 16, 1825

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             The following is my transcription of the last will and testament of Robert Stone, husband of Ann Stone.   182 Robert Stone 16. This is the last Will and Testament of me Robert Stone of Wyke Regis in the County of Dorset Baker. In the first place I Grant that all my just debts …

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