Historical Figures

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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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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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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The Acadian expulsion.

This homebody wishes to be part of an Acadian trip to France.

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             Of all of the numerous branches in our family history, there are two of which I am almost obsessive in my interest – and research.   Those are my mother’s Acadian roots and my father-in-law’s Welsh Quaker ancestry. Featured image: La grande derangement (Acadian Expulsion)   A few years ago, we had the amazing …

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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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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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Hull, Quebec

What was there?

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1          1Share  What was there is a website that provides comparative photos of a location in the present day with archived photos from history.   My favorite part of genealogy is finding treasured images relating to people, places, events and things in my genealogy research. All of this information provides the color to our ancestors’ stories. …

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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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Recovering the wounded at Vimy Ridge.

What we don’t hear about the battle of Vimy Ridge.

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       3   3SharesIn honor of today’s ceremonies for the 100th 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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There is Now More to Search for the Military Researcher

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           Military Researcher? Rejoice! More News! I have made an effort to make this site as much an informational newsletter as a site that features my own adventures in genealogical and historical research. As part of that effort, I have and will provide updates from various genealogy research sites and resources about changes that may include …

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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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Major General George Cadwalader

Transcription: Obituary for General George Cadwalader

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           Following is the transcription of the obituary for General George Cadwalader, published in the Bucks County Gazette on Thursday, February, 6, 1879.   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 …

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Library and Archives in Ottawa, Canada

Getting the most from Library and Archives Canada databases.

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           The wealth of information on the Library and Archives Canada website has become more easily searchable over the years as more and more indexing has occurred.   As one who is very familiar with and has used this site for years, I have found it to be so extensive that I make sure to bookmark …

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Melanson Village Community Hall

Transcripton: 1793 lease for 40,000 acres of land signed by Peter and Charles Malonson and others.

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           1793 lease for 40,000 acres of land signed by Peter and Charles Malonson and others.   Page 1 A6 Articles of agreement made this twenty ninth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninty-three and in the thirty third year of His Majesty’s Reign between Mary Cannon of …

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Jamestown teen girl found to have been a victim of cannibalism.

Some skeletons in the closet are worse than others.

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           During my years of genealogical research, I’ve discovered numerous ‘ skeletons in the closet ‘ and scandals that at a shorter distance in time would be hard to deal with. Separated by decades and even centuries, however, a lot of these misdeeds become more titillating and not quite as scandalous. I’ve found polygamy, traitorous acts, …

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Transcription: Revolutionary War Plaque for Gabriel Steely

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           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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Barack Obama

I learn my husband may be descended from the first documented slave in America, John Punch…

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            A while ago I learned from news headlines that President Barack Obama is descended via marriage from John Punch, the first documented African slave in America. He was an indentured servant declared a slave for life in punishment for attempting an escape in 1640. Ancestry.com has been researching Barack Obama’s ancestry for several years …

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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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Isaac Shelby

Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky

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           Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky is the grandson of the original immigrant from Wales, Evan (Dhu) Shelby (Selby), who is eighth great grandfather to my children, Erin and Stuart; the son of Brigadier General Evan Shelby, who is the son of Evan (Dhu) and seventh great granduncle to my children; and is therefore first cousin …

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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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