Sunday, April 17, 2016

Ireland Under Martial Law, 1916-1921

Announcement from Findmypast: Explore Ireland under martial law
Discover how your ancestors were affected by the Easter Rising and Irish War of Independence in the biggest collection of British War Office records relating to the events of 1916-1921 ever released. These 75,000 fascinating records are are free to view on Findmypast until 27 April, and vividly expose the brutality of life on the streets under martial law in Ireland.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

This Day in History - Assassination of Abraham Lincoln






On this day in history in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth while attending a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Just five days earlier, the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, General Robert E. Lee, surrendered to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant and the Union Army of the Potomac, and the Civil War was drawing to a close.

Click Image to enlarge  (Source: Archives.com)

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Finding Family History in Local History Collections

Using the University of Illinois Illinois Harvest website's online collection of State and County local histories, I was able to search by County name and locate the following book:    

"Portrait and biographical record of Macoupin County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with biographies of all the governors of the state, and of the presidents of the United States" 

Published in 1891, this book is available in electronic format. Clicking on the link on the search result page takes me directly to the Archive.org reader and there I found the following biography on our Casteel relation:

(p.220)

(p221)

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Monday, April 4, 2016

1935 Rhode Island State Census Record for Henry Lefebvre


Henry Lefebvre 
b 16 May 1907 in Rochester, NY
 son of Horace and Philomene (Thibault) Lefebvre

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Monday, March 28, 2016

√Čtienne Truteau and Adrienne Barbier


Plaque honoring 
 √Čtienne Truteau and Adrienne Barbier,
 our 9th great-grandparents,
 located in Montr√©al, Quebec.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Fairfax Genealogical Society Annual Conference



FxGS Annual Spring Conference

The Fairfax Genealogical Society invites you to join us for our annual spring conference: “Strategies for Researching in the U.S. and Europe”. This major event will be 1 & 2 April 2016 at the The Westin Tysons Corner, 7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia.     
Quick Links

For more information click here: FxGS

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Rose M Wehnes & John Wilkins Brand


Rose M. Wehnes
b. 9 Jan 1913
daughter of Fritz P. & Mary Ann (Welcheck) Wehnes
Married John Wilkins ("Wilks") Brand
 
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December 1933 Marriage Record
Cuyahoga County, Ohio
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Newbury Center Cemetery
Cuyahoga, Ohio
(findagrave.com)
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Joseph Colbush


Joseph Colbush
b. 11 Feb 1901
Son of George & Pauline Kolbush

(photo from findagrave.com)

Beverly National Cemetery
Burlington County, New Jersey
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Friday, January 22, 2016

1712 Baptism Record for Mary Munn



From the Tyler Index to Parish Registers, 1538-1874; Frank Watt Tyler. The Tyler Collection. Canterbury, Kent, England: The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies:


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It is important to recognize that the baptism date for Mary Munn is recorded as 1711/2 Jan 4, and to understand that between 1582 and 1752, two calendars were in use in Europe (and in European colonies).
To avoid misinterpretation, both the "Old Style" and "New Style" year was often used in English and colonial records for dates falling between the new New Year (January 1) and old New Year (March 25), a system known as "double dating" and are usually identified by a slash mark [/] breaking the "Old Style" and "New Style" year as seen in the above record.
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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Free Guest Access to NEHGS Databases


An Exciting Announcement from the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

Free Access to NEHGS Databases
"Just getting started in genealogy? Or are you ready to take your research to the next level? Whatever your background, the experts at NEHGS are committed to helping you achieve your genealogical goals in 2016!

This month we are providing free Guest User access to some of our most popular databases. A free Guest User account is a great way to sample what NEHGS has to offer, including informational subject guides on a variety of research topics, engaging webinars, and the latest research news and tips from our experts.

NEHGS has the resources, experts, and services you need to make this your most successful year of family history ever. Here's to continued new beginnings in 2016!"
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