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April 2011 Blog Posts (40)

More on and My Genealogical Family Tree

Late last year I started a family genealogy tree on and blogged about what exactly Geni is.

Recently my parents were in town visiting and my dad and I sat down for a couple of hours at, armed with an old genealogical tree that I had roughly put together about 20 years ago. My intention was to get the remaining tree fleshed out…


Added by Stefani Twyford on April 30, 2011 at 10:12am — No Comments

Eiteljorg Museum - Native American Genealogy, History and DNA

For anyone who is interested, on May 21st, the Eiteljor g  Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana is sponsoring a full day of activities and speakers about Native American history,…


Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on April 29, 2011 at 5:41pm — No Comments

A New Educational Option

Genealogy has been a huge part of my life. I have a passion for my own research and a passion for teaching others how to search for their genealogical treasures. I have friends who have been able to break down their brick walls thanks to my counseling and thanks to my education in genealogy I have been able to break down the most stubborn brick walls in my own family tree.


A new opportunity has opened for me to not only expand on my own genealogical education, but also for me…


Added by Jennifer Eklund, PLCGS on April 28, 2011 at 8:21pm — No Comments

The Ancestral Homes of Kingston Upon Hull

These recent images capture the essence of a thriving City centre in Victorian Britain. Each one represents the life and livelihood of our past ancestors and the City’s history from William Gill the shoe maker who operated at 34 Bishop Lane to the now infamous Brown family of High Street. Slave abolitionist William Wilberforce walked these cobbled streets to and from…


Added by Dan Billington, Ancestry Central on April 28, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Unidentified Images of People and Places

Do you recognise any of the people , places or things highlighted in this series of images ?
If so please contact us and share what you know ?
Hull , about 1930.

Walter and…

Added by Dan Billington, Ancestry Central on April 26, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Pueblo Viejo (pre Solomonville), Arizona

I have hit a brick wall and need some help! My great-grandmother, Teodora Chavez, was born in Solomonville in 1881. This is prior to birth records being priority. I have found on her children birth records that her parents were German Chavez & Maria Nieto..both supposedly of Solomonville. I have traveled there and met with parrish priest who advised me the town was actually called Pueblo Viejo at that time and that the land was Apache & immigrants from Dona Ana, NM. I have search all…


Added by Marie Edwards on April 25, 2011 at 1:49pm — No Comments

US Airbase RAF Goxhill, Lincolnshire 1942-1945 ( USAAF Station 345)

Or Goat-Hill as the American Airmen unofficially named it.
Captain Cable in…

Added by Dan Billington, Ancestry Central on April 25, 2011 at 5:14am — No Comments

Researching Scottish Ancestry - WHERE DO I START?

For those of us fortunate enough to have ancestors with Scottish heritage, researching is a fairly easy task. Knowing where to look is usually where we get tied up. Following these hints should help:

THE place for Scottish records, of course, is the office of the General Register (GRO). Their website is the repository for all official documents: birth, marriage, death, census, wills and testaments. Here’s what you need to know:

• The website is:… Continue

Added by christine woodcock on April 24, 2011 at 7:02pm — No Comments

The Taylors of South Carolina

My genealogy search started over ten years ago.  I have researched many branches of my line and my husband's but the one that I am focused on is the family of John Thomas Taylor of South Carolina, my husband's great-great grandfather. 

John Thomas and his wife, Julia Nichols, left South Carolina after 1870 and headed to Arkansas via Cleburne County, Alabama.  I have much on our direct line from 1870 until the present, however, the past of John Thomas Taylor has eluded me for years.  I…


Added by Renee Taylor on April 24, 2011 at 4:07pm — 3 Comments

111 Years Later

After searching Homestead Records of my Grandparents, Greatgrandparents and Great greatgrandparents of my Mother and visiting the house in Hilliard that they lived in, I'm ready to visit Ukraine and walk on the land that they walked on.   My Grandmother, Mary Diduch age 13 came with her Father  George or Yuri (40) and Mother Wasylena Diduch(36) along with Wasylena's parents  Ivan Tofan (54) and Maria Tofan (54).  They left Rusiw near Sniatyn southwestern   Ukraine in March 1900 and sailed…


Added by Betty Eskow on April 23, 2011 at 4:47pm — No Comments

Pay Attention to Witnesses and Informants on Civil Records

Often, on the records, the people listed as "witnesses" to a wedding or "informants" of the information (births, deaths) are close family members. Pay attention to these people. Search them out. Knowing more about them will help you to know more about your ancestors.

For example, my great grandmother's wedding registration lists her sister, Janet, as a witness. This particular sister was one of three sisters that my great grandmother had. But she was the oldest sister and the eldest…


Added by christine woodcock on April 19, 2011 at 6:05pm — 1 Comment

Lots Happening in UK Research

New at RootsIreland (


 Recently uploaded 32,000 baptism records for…


Added by christine woodcock on April 19, 2011 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Happy Patriot's Day! Cousins at the Battle of Lexington

My 5x great grandfather, Andrew Munroe was not at the Battle of Lexington. He had died in 1766, and his wife had remarried to Caleb Simonds in 1774. At the time of the conflict on 19 April 1775, my 4x great grandfather, Andrew Jr., would have been only about eleven years old. Was he there? I’ll never know. It is known that many townspeople witnessed the event from their homes or from behind stone walls and trees. It is my bet that an eleven year old boy couldn’t have resisted watching history… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on April 19, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments

I Am An Interpreter

I was recently telling someone about the work I do and I got some interesting feedback. He said, “you’re an interpreter.”

I have been spending some time with that statement and find it very intriguing. I guess I have always collapsed an interpreter with a translator. But when you look up the definition an interpreter is someone who facilitates communication. From the dictionary… “The interpreter will take in a complex concept from one language, choose the most appropriate vocabulary…


Added by Stefani Twyford on April 19, 2011 at 10:08am — No Comments

The Railway Children of Goole

The Caukill and Taylor family that grew up in Parliament Street and Fourth Avenue, Goole, East Yorkshire were as close as any family living in the terraced streets of a northern town in Victorian Britain but more than that, both had been driven to the town by the decline in the farming industry in the late 19th century. Their life’s had changed…

Added by Dan Billington, Ancestry Central on April 19, 2011 at 8:06am — No Comments

Sun Stroke at Boot Hill !

The Toll of Time….and Council’s

Still on the theme of local cemeteries. Following a visit to Eastern Cemetery in Kingston, I was astonished to witness in such a well kept cemetery that an eagerness to protect the visitors, the stones themselves were being damaged.

It looks to me as though the sinking of some older graves, very likely due to some flooding and…


Added by Dan Billington, Ancestry Central on April 18, 2011 at 5:47am — No Comments

Bringing the past to life.

In life we associate cemeteries with our own losses and they are often regarded as gloomy and miserable places to be. Yet in my capacity as a Family History Researcher, I see these places in an entirely different light, not just associated to death.  In fact they help bring the past to life and my experience combined with good information on a headstone, can open the doors…

Added by Dan Billington, Ancestry Central on April 18, 2011 at 5:40am — No Comments

Who Do You KNOW You Are?

Is there any better way for a genealogist to spend a Friday night than glued to the telly watching Who Do You Think You Are? The programs have been mesmerising. And although we all know the things that the “experts” explain to the stars, it is once again fascinating to piece it all together and know the story.


Watching Kim Cattrall, Rosie and Steve Buscemi, I have decided that when my great grandfather went off to fight the Boer War and never returned, he likely wasn’t…


Added by christine woodcock on April 16, 2011 at 6:11pm — 1 Comment


I am looking For James Barnett Born 1825 in ten. married Milley Barnett.trying to find james dad.

I have no info on him


Added by Sherry Rogers on April 15, 2011 at 12:28pm — No Comments

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