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John Myers and Sarah Jane Foulk Reunion, 11-12 July 2015

  Come to McPherson, Kansas  11 and 12 July 2015, and share our family history. Share stories and pictures and information.  They do this every three years or at least try to. Last one was near the family homestead in Troy Grove, La Salle Co., Ill.  

 Last one I attended was 1994 with my parents and cousins Ken and Lulu Foulk.  

1.   John FOLK b 1740 Lancaster, PA dcd 15 April  1793 Greenwich, Berks Co., PA

      m 3 April 1762 , also REV WAR VET.…


Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on January 28, 2015 at 8:47pm — No Comments

The Role of Fate in Genealogy

I have been able to find quite a bit of information in the last couple of weeks.  I received birth, marriage and death certificates ordered from England on quite a few members of my family.  We had concrete birth dates, concrete marriage dates, concrete death dates, at last.  My father stared at each one of them, touched them, smiled at them.  The most moving certificate form him was his father's birth certificate.  "I have people, " he said.  More certificates were ordered, and now we sit…


Added by Shalon Hoyle on January 25, 2015 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Statham genealogy

I am currently researching the Statham Genealogy.  Specifically a George William Statham (b. 1838 in Derbyshire England ????)  He had married an Ellen Scampton (1840 - 1905) .  Any help would be most appreciated.

Robert Hegge

Added by Robert Hegge on January 19, 2015 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Ballynocken Ireland Frames

Looking for information about my Great Grandfather James Frame (Died October 18 1913) and Grandmother Margaret

Added by Eldon Ralph Frame on January 18, 2015 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Hungarian relative, name unknown

Added by Susan Crayne on January 17, 2015 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Another unknown wedding couple

Added by Susan Crayne on January 17, 2015 at 12:02pm — No Comments

William G. Fear

I am looking for information on William G. Fear.  Born in Harrison County Kentucky to William Hamlar Fear and Delilah Lanter Fear.  I need a documented source of proof that he is their son in order to join the DAR.  William was born or or about October 30, 1819.

Also looking for a documented source of proof for the birth of Sarah Ann (Chriss) Fear.  Born in Jasper County Illinois, she was the daughter of George Chriss and Sarah (Stewart) Chriss.  And the 1st wife of John F.…


Added by Teri Showalter on January 16, 2015 at 10:50am — No Comments

When Is Your Memory Truly Forgotten?

“I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.”  — Banksy

While this quote was directly attributed to the graffiti artist Banksy, the sentiment is not his alone and appears all over the place, attributed to…


Added by Stefani Twyford on January 14, 2015 at 10:03pm — No Comments

A Dirty Little Secret

After several weeks of not being able to find my grandfather in the 1911 census, I started to wonder about the theory my cousin's husband had.  Could my grandfather really have been sent to Canada?  I searched for my grandfather in passenger records from England to Canada.  My cousin's husband had mentioned a record he found and I took a look at it.  Charles Brown, passenger with the Waifs and Strays Society, en route to Canada in 1912.  The boy in this record was the right age to be my…


Added by Shalon Hoyle on January 8, 2015 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Possibly my great-great-grandparents?

This photo is in a frame and was found among my great-grandfather's (Janos Peto) belongings.  Possibly his parents?…


Added by Susan Crayne on January 6, 2015 at 7:48am — No Comments

Photos of Janos Peto, my great grandfather

This is my great grandfather, Janos (John) Peto sometime in the late 1960s early 1970s.  Not sure who the baby is though.

This is him in the…


Added by Susan Crayne on January 6, 2015 at 7:33am — No Comments

Newer FTM program


I'm new to the site and would like to ask advice of all those who can answer the following question. Is the latest Family Tree Maker Program, 2014???, worth upgrading my system to. I currently have an older version, 5.0, which has been upgraded to 10.0. I have a lap top computer with windows 7. The older program works ok, but, I always get the message, "done with problems" or "errors on page" at the bottom left of the screen. I have more than 11,000 names in the program with…


Added by Glen Hockenjos on January 3, 2015 at 12:47pm — 1 Comment

The Evolution of my Father's Identity

At this point, I started to see a side of my father I had never seen.  To give some history, I am an only child and a daddy's girl.  I have no problem admitting that I was a spoiled child.  My parents had some difficulty having me and I was a preemie.  In addition, in light of my dad's background, he worked very had to make sure I had everything I needed and wanted.  He worked very hard to make sure I knew how much he loved me and how important I was.  Even as an adult, my dad does a lot for…


Added by Shalon Hoyle on January 1, 2015 at 10:05am — No Comments

A Past Revealed (Warning - this is a long one)

When I read my dad's adoption file and found my grandfather's Canadian Army discharge date, I had no way of knowing what the one little number would reveal.  I had no way of knowing the pain it would reveal and how it would affect my dad.  After finding the date, I went to the Canadian Army webpage to search for military records.  I found a World War I listing for Charles E F Brown, but the birth year was off by four years and he was born in England.  I read the Attestation Form and it…


Added by Shalon Hoyle on January 1, 2015 at 9:35am — No Comments

Good Cause

"Good cause" is a very broad term.  In order to have my father's adoption record unsealed, we would have to show "good cause."  An example we were given is "you will face imminent death due to medical concerns if the file is not unsealed."  Well.....that wasn't exactly our issue.  We do have our share of health issues, as well as physical and intellectual disabilities in our family, but that was not the reason we wanted the file.  Obtaining that file would acknowledge that my father had an…


Added by Shalon Hoyle on December 29, 2014 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Mystery Photo

We all have those mystery photos in our collections. Sometimes they come with family stories and sometimes they come with no information at all.…


Added by Andrea Lister on December 28, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Plymouth, Indiana and the Non-Existent Browns

My grandfather was from Plymouth, Indiana.  It said so on his death certificate and on Iowa census records.  My dad's brothers said their father was from Indiana and had a sister that had stayed there.  The adoption file office in Des Moines stated that my grandfather was from Plymouth, Indiana.  When we searched, we searched in Indiana.  We found nothing.  This didn't surprise us, after all, Charles Brown is a very common name.  We contacted a woman at the Marshall County Indiana…


Added by Shalon Hoyle on December 26, 2014 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Deadline Approaching for NGS Awards and Competitions


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Added by Gena Philibert Ortega on December 24, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments

The Genealogy Begins

When I decided to start hard core research, I was lucky enough that my dad's half sister had quite a bit of information on their mom's side of the family.  Within just several weeks, I was able to trace my grandmother's maternal side back to the late 1600's - Van Houten and Duselder.  Everything was well documented and pretty much just laid out in front of us.  Her paternal side posed a bit of a problem.  Her father died when she was 14 and his mother had married several times and had…


Added by Shalon Hoyle on December 23, 2014 at 6:58pm — No Comments





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