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August 2009 Blog Posts (155)

Walking on Air - at Least for Today

In the last two days I've acquired some significant new information related to one of my family lines. If the resultant bouyancy I'm experiencing were ice cream, I'd eat the entire half gallon. There are such long dry periods. The dicouragement creeps up on me. I become frustrated, petulant --- sometimes to the point of saying, "What IS the point of all this?" I've even wanted simply to walk away from my work and shirk off the feeling of responsiblity that this project carries for me. Then,… Continue

Added by Katie Heitert Wilkinson on August 31, 2009 at 7:02pm — 1 Comment

James Fenton of Crimble Hall - Brief Sketch

Recently posted a photo and brief sketch of Colonel James Fenton of Crimble Hall on my site.

If you have any further information, comments etc., please email me or add a posted comment.

Added by P. Davidson-Peters on August 31, 2009 at 12:36pm — No Comments

My Beautiful, Wonderful, Loving Family

As I was adding photos to this site, I thought of all the love, caring, sacrifices and other acts of human kindness those photos evoked about my family members. Sometimes we get lost in the day-to-day emotional moments and forget what great triumps and achievements our family members have accomplished. Today, I got a reminder of how beautiful my family members are. Sometimes it takes a look over the history to remind us of this. Spivey

Added by Spivey on August 31, 2009 at 10:49am — No Comments

The Human Family Tree – National Geographic Channel – Tues. Sept 1

I’ve got my DVR cued for tomorrow night’s airing of The National Geographic Channel’s ground-breaking show “The Human Family Tree.” I missed the original showing on Friday and am thrilled it will be repeated on Tuesday night. The episode takes a neighborhood in Queens, N.Y. and through DNA sampling of a couple hundred of the residents of this neighborhood, traces everyone’s origin… Continue

Added by Stefani Twyford on August 31, 2009 at 10:47am — No Comments

Juan Ponce de Leon His New and Revised Genealogy

Juan Ponce de Leon His New and Revised Genealogy the Book Posted on Aug 31st, 2009 by ayesart

The reason for my abscence from these pages has not arisen from creating a plastic work of art or seeking out to discover beautiful nature subjects for my photography but from a different kind of artistic realization.

I have been very busy working upon an important new project. A book!

Juan Ponce de Leon His New and Revised Genealogy.

On 08 28 2009 I uploaded a… Continue

Added by Ayesart on August 31, 2009 at 9:49am — No Comments

Have you looked at the USCIS Genealogy Program?

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Genealogy Program is a "fee-for-service program providing family historians and other researchers with timely access to historical immigration and naturalization records. Click the links at right and below to learn about our services and records." Again quoting from the Website, there are two services:

Added by James Tanner on August 31, 2009 at 9:18am — No Comments

My Beautiful Welcome to GenealogyWise

Thanks for the warm welcome I have received. I think I have been looking for a place like this for the 12 years I have been involved in genealogy research. I have two places I have been with for over 10 years, but they are Yahoo! Groups. This forum offers so much more and it is just what a genealogist needs in the days when the 'free' providers are cutting back. Thanks ever so much, and I hope this forum is around for a long, long, time. Spivey

Added by Spivey on August 31, 2009 at 9:11am — No Comments

Shameless Plug or PSA, however you want to look at it

One of the toughest things in genealogy can be figuring out where people went and/or came from, of course. I'm particularly stuck on the PARKER brick wall at the moment, which never gets me anywhere. My great-great grandmother Mary Parker (sometimes listed on censuses with the middle initial J, and whose daughter and my great-grandmother was Mary Jane Wade) married my great-great grandfather George W. Wade in 1876 in Clam Lake, Wexford County, Michigan. The marriage certificate says she was 17… Continue

Added by Jeanie DiLeonardo on August 30, 2009 at 10:01pm — 1 Comment

Dare I?

Last night I found addresses and phone numbers for individuals in Reading, PA, who might be distant cousins. I need to make some cold calls, but I'm balking. Both people are up in years. Am I invading their privacy and their quiet? But they could possibly provide me valuabe family information. I'm not usually indecisive or hesitant about doing new things. For some reason, though, I feel a knot in my stomach when I contemplate reaching out through these calls.

Added by Katie Heitert Wilkinson on August 30, 2009 at 1:15pm — 8 Comments

Where's your family from? or how I got started in Genealogy

Do you know that kind of know it all kid we all had in class when we were growing up? The one that always had the right answers and sometimes corrected the teacher. Well that was me growing up. I was always able to remember those odds and ends pieces of information that the teachers would test you on. I was really bad back when I was in the seventh grade. I would get tests back with answers marked wrong, then go back to the teacher and prove that my answer was the correct one. I laugh about it… Continue

Added by Sharon Ray on August 30, 2009 at 1:08pm — 2 Comments

Samual Shores

Sandy - I am descended from Samuel Shores and Polly Stephens through two of their sons - Joshua and Caleb. Do you have information on Samuel and Polly from thier New Jersey years? Thank you.

Susan Safford

Added by Susan E. Safford on August 30, 2009 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Family Tree Connection - Update (30/Aug/2009)

Family Tree Connection

Family Tree Connection has added the following genealogy items to its database:

Manhattan Club 1905 List of Members - Manhattan Club, Club-House, Madison Ave. and 26th Street, New York, 1905.

Hahnemann Medical College 1911 Commencement - 51st Annual Commencement of the Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital of…


Added by Illya Daddezio on August 30, 2009 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Share it with the Society

Many genealogists research for years and the information just stacks. Or it gets entered in the computer. But what happens when the genealogist dies? Your will may indicate where your papers are to go, but once you are dead, you are dead. Those papers and files may still go to the dump.

Consider publishing small pieces of your research in local publications, such as those of the local historical or genealogical society. Compiling a biography of great-great-grandfather may be a small… Continue

Added by Michael John Neill on August 30, 2009 at 10:36am — No Comments

Looking under the street lamp

I had an experience at the Mesa Regional Family History Center (MRFHC) recently that reminds of a old Bazooka Joe comic. In the comic, one of Joe's friends is searching for something under a street lamp. Joe comes up and asks what he is looking for. The friend says he lost a quarter down the street a ways. Joe then asks why he is looking under the street lamp and the reply is "That is where the light is!!!" In my experience at the MRFHC, one of the patrons was looking for a marriage date for… Continue

Added by James Tanner on August 30, 2009 at 8:57am — No Comments

One Hundred Years Ago

One hundred years is a long time and when you think about it the changes have been nothing short of amazing. I often hear people criticize the decisions and the actions of people in the past often by using the moral values of today. Yet our ancestors were the ones who built this country. I find that pursuing genealogical research is also a look into our own history. Perhaps also with a better understanding of how they thought.

London, Ontario, is situated roughly half way between… Continue

Added by William Bruce Hillman on August 29, 2009 at 6:11pm — No Comments


Hello to all members, looking for the following names, Brown, Bennett, Izard, Beaumont, Stehelin, Raleigh Curtis, Chetham Strode, Pennell, Pannell, Mills, just a few as all of you have, my Mousley connection, i traced the family to South Africa, George Bennett Mousley, Murdered by the Boers, shot in the back, What a story that was and it connected me to a wonderful family in south Africa, And the vicars i have found in the past connected to our family , and the wonderful story of the Voigt… Continue

Added by Terrence George brown on August 29, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

New FamilySearch release date announce for 29 Stakes

29 Stakes in the St. George Temple District have an announced release date of 31 August 2009.

The Stakes to go online with the program are as follows:

Added by James Tanner on August 28, 2009 at 8:45pm — No Comments

Is stealing my genealogy illegal?

An anonymous comment to my post on who owns genealogy said, "Its true that names and dates aren't "ownable", but if someone writes up their family history in a narrative format, it is copyrighted, and any reproduction without permission is illegal." Fortunately, we do not yet have copyright police in the United States. In fact, there is no agency at all, in the entire government, that enforces copyright claims. The comment shows a very common misconception, blurring the distinction between… Continue

Added by James Tanner on August 28, 2009 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

I'm Jealous

My cousin Amy - she's a first/once removed - told me (1) that she and her mother are attending a genealogical session tomorrow entitled House History 101 and that (2) as soon as her dad retires, he's going to enroll in a genealogy course at the closest community college. Though I'm delighted for her, I'm wickedly jealous. No one in my immediate family has gotten the bug.

Added by Katie Heitert Wilkinson on August 28, 2009 at 5:10pm — 1 Comment

PROBATE GENEALOGIST: You do it for passion why not do it for profit

I have the ability of attending the FGS Conference in Little Rock next week with Probate Genealogist Cathy Decourcy.

It will be a great opportunity to meet other genealogists from around the country and internationally. I created this neat video for the conference. I hope you like it. click on blog

Added by John A. Hoda on August 28, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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