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Portal to Texas History

I stumbled onto this lovely site that is extremely user friendly, and I imagine may be of interest to those with Texas roots:

Portal to Texas History

Through this site you can search for surnames and specific people, not only in newspapers, but in books and other collections. And it's free!

Added by Kate Steere on August 25, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Back again...

Over the last few weeks, I have been poking at my brick walls as one does, and a few records have popped up, much to my surprise. 

Still not much luck actually 'proving' W.A. Lavelle's parents, as I am still unable to locate him in the 1860 or 1870 census records. I have found him in theater cast lists in various newspapers which trace him through the 1870s and 1880s, I believe I found him on a Chicago directory living with his mother one year - cannot…


Added by Kate Steere on August 24, 2020 at 3:26pm — No Comments

What are Living Family Trees?

Most people studying genealogy are looking for ancestors.  A family tree of such ancestors is ascendant - it goes backward in time.  Living Family Trees are descendant - they come forward in time.  I have found it interesting to look at descendant family trees from great grandparents forward.  Especially where teaching children is concerned, it is valuable to show relationships in current time.

Living Family Trees

Genealogy is a fascinating subject but first one must understand…


Added by John Meng-Frecker on August 23, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

HAPLOGROUP I2a1 – L621 ... – CTS10228 – Y3120

As it is now well known, I2a1 is a typical European haplogroup. It is present all over the continent with maximum frequencies recorded in Bosnia (particularly among Bosnian Croats), Sardinia, Croatia, Serbia (+30%), Montenegro, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, and Macedonia (+20%). The percentages of I2a1a2b-L621 clade in Slovenia, Ukraine, and Russia available on the Internet should be taken with caution because they are definitely smaller: up to 13% in Slovenia, 16% in Ukraine, and…


Added by Željko Musović on August 1, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

American History

   American History

How many of  us really know our American History.  ??? Amazed at how the Genealogical Community is shy of historical information on tracking down the missing pieces.  OOO no not everyone, but we need to get the word out that our history is very important to our research and survival.  

 Younger generations than mine were not given even as much as I was in the 50's regarding our true history and how things began and what was planned and alas…


Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on July 6, 2020 at 11:54pm — 1 Comment

Seeking Swedish GG parents

Charlotta Sofia Andersson/Johansson, born Kils, Sweden 21/09/1859

Married Peter Olaf Jonsson Emigrated to US 5/07/1895 then to Canada 1906.Would appreciate help from Sweden.

Added by Victoria F Drader on June 5, 2020 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Seeking a murderer

Hi, I am a Strother descendant trying to chase down a relative. I am particularly wondering about the family of Daniel French Strother, son of French “The Fearless” of VA and Lucy Coleman. I am interested in his son Daniel’s marriage to Frances (Fannie) Thompson and the children, particularly Daniel’s son George French Strother, named for Daniel’s brother Hon. George French Strother, bursar of St. Louis from 1820-1840. Can anyone help me?????

I believe there may be a daughter… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Wickenberg Ely on April 11, 2020 at 4:39pm — No Comments


Mine come from Norfolkshire, Methodists who married CARTER family members from Cheltenham GLOS

Added by Al Dawson on March 28, 2020 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Finding Elusive Families (PUST)

I took a German History course with Family History hoping to find more about my Pust family.  Actually I did find out a few more threads: like Gramma's full name - Johanna Ducette Lucke.  Grampa was born in Zentren, Prussia  which was actually northern Poland as we know it now.

The picture below has Uncle Alfred, Aunt Mary with cousins Joe, Dorothy, Gladys and Lomey.  This was one of their trips to either Idaho or Washington visiting with family.  Haven't been able to find anything…


Added by Helen Pust on March 13, 2020 at 7:58pm — 1 Comment

What is a Cousin?

Cousins have unique relationships in our family history research. When is a cousin more than a cousin? What kind of cousin are they? How do I figure out those specific relationships? With the rise in popularity of DNA testing and the resulting match lists, we need to know how we relate to individuals beyond saying, "This is my cousin."

A good…


Added by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on March 11, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Celebrating the Ladies in our Research

Researching the women in our family history can be a challenge. However, don’t leave them out! Our female ancestors often played significant roles in history, both in our families and in their communities.

Researching and writing about the women in our family history can be a daunting task. If you have hit a brick wall in the quest to…


Added by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on March 8, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Tea Planter's Photograph Album

A few years ago it was my good fortune to be the winning bidder for an old photograph album for sale on eBay.  Research showed that it featured Louis Gordon McIntyre and his wife Tryphena nee Hanney from around 1915 when they lived and worked on the Rangamati Tea Garden in Assam.  Their story and some of their photos can be…


Added by Christine Thomas on February 25, 2020 at 10:48am — No Comments

Cecelia "Granny Cil" Arrowood Barrett(1835-1917)

Cecelia "Granny Cil" Arrowood Barrett


Cecelia Arrowood Barrett or "Granny Cil" as she is known to her descendants, is a unique woman who is very well known in the local genealogical community as being a common progenitor for several of the modern family lines in the Towns County, Georgia area. Down through the years she has been the subject of many family conversations ranging from humorous anecdotes to controversies that made the self…


Added by Thomas Barrett on February 8, 2020 at 12:13am — No Comments

William Godfrey "Fishing Bill" Barrett(1827-1924)

The following is a biography on my great great grandfather, William Godfrey "Fishing Bill" Barrett, put together from long going research done by two of my cousins and myself. Enjoy!

William Godfrey "Fishing Bill" Barrett

Here is a man that has reached something of a legendary status,at least within the genealogical circles of his descendants. Throughout the years virtually nothing was known of the man other than the few mentions of him from census…


Added by Thomas Barrett on February 5, 2020 at 8:04am — 1 Comment

A Genealogy Story - Perfect Audio Recording

Mary Agnes Frecker (Flood) on the right, 1928-1968, died of bronchiectasis (a lung problem caused by a childhood illness). Pictured above is my little brother, Danny in 1960, with Anna McManus Flood and Mary Flood Frecker (mother on right).

I’ve been…


Added by John Meng-Frecker on January 10, 2020 at 4:51am — No Comments

Periodicals & Journals for the Mayflower Researcher

Genealogical Publications 

Genealogical publications can be extremely helpful in your family history research. Genealogical and historical journals provide us with the latest research on a particular family as well as providing corrections of long-ago errors. Journal articles also teach us proper methodology in compiling a genealogy, documenting our research, and citing our sources.



Added by Angela Rodesky on November 20, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

Town Histories for Researching Mayflower Descendants

Town and County Histories

Town and county histories often contain a great deal of genealogical data on its pioneers and early residents. As with family genealogies, search an online library catalog or digitized book website to see if a history has been written about the town where your ancestors resided.


As you peruse…


Added by Angela Rodesky on November 14, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Alternatives to Vital Records

Alright, down to the final modules before I take the exam. The last two modules covered birth records and other documents that a researcher could use in the place of vital records. Which, if you have ancestors particularly in southern states, you need all the alternative ideas on finding records you can find.…


Added by Angela Rodesky on November 11, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

A Vital Record is a Vital Record

We are off with a bang in the US: Vital Records, Understanding and Using The Records course! Module 1 jumps right into what is a vital record and how to find them. Contrary to what I thought from reading the introduction to the course, it appears that there are a whole slew of vital records, and not just birth and death. Good to know!…


Added by Angela Rodesky on November 9, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Bowman Files

What are the Bowman Files?

Carrying Mayflower genealogies well into the seventh generation and beyond, are the transcriptions of the research of George Ernest Bowman, known as the Bowman Files, in the form of three volumes of multi-family works by Susan E. Roser, Mayflower Marriages and Mayflower Births & Deaths (2 vols.). Since these books contain many lines of all Mayflower passengers who left known descendants (with the exception…


Added by Angela Rodesky on November 8, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

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