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June 2010 Blog Posts (65)

Juneteenth- Ona Judge Staines, A Slave Runs away to New Hampshire

A story to celebrate the 145th Juneteenth

How did a runaway slave from Philadelphia come to New Hampshire? And why was she instantly recognized? Well, she belonged to George Washington, and he had served the last part of his presidency in Philadelphia. Elizabeth, daughter of Senator John Langdon, had seen this slave woman…


Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on June 21, 2010 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Waiting for the shoe to drop in New FamilySearch

The last major update to New FamilySearch was in March, 2010. Some time

ago there was a Beta version available to users and recently, a second

Beta version was ready for review. The Beta version was pulled from

availability suddenly last week and so those of us watching New

FamilySearch expected a new version of the program to be released. As

expected, the new release became available over the weekend of June

19-20, 2010. (I always try to put the whole date in my… Continue

Added by James Tanner on June 21, 2010 at 8:56am — No Comments

University of Tennessee at Knoxville Wins Grant to Digitize Newspapers

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has received a grant from the

National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize local newspapers from

1836 to 1922. The newspapers will first appear on the Library of

Congress's Chronicling America Web site and will later be added to the

University of Tennessee Library's Web site. They will be digitized over the next two years.

Here is a link with more details:…


Added by Beth Gatlin on June 21, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Regnal dates

Some of old editions Burke's Peerage have "living temp Henry II, which is fairly obvious, but what does "living 5 Henry IV" mean, I wondered?

If it meant 5th year of his reign, but if so why not just say 1404?

I discovered that this is the system of regnal years which in medieval times was more commonly reckoned from 25 March (or sometimes from 25 December). In England, and later the United Kingdom, until 1963, each Act of Parliament was defined by its serial number within… Continue

Added by William Douglas on June 21, 2010 at 5:22am — No Comments

Why is Microsoft Office online for free?

I did a Google search on the word "free" and got 7,500,000,000. That is

about two frees for every man, woman and child on the planet. Some

notable free products on the Internet are Adobe Reader,,

Google Earth, … Continue

Added by James Tanner on June 20, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

American Memory

If a pedigree chart were compared to the bones of the body of family

history, the flesh and life of the body would be the stories and history

of the people. But have you ever wondered how your ancestors' speech

sounded? Have you ever explored the American

English Dialect Recordings of The Center for Applied Linguistics

in… Continue

Added by James Tanner on June 19, 2010 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Mystery Solved! ty FB! ty MHS & MDSA!

I am not a big user of social networking sites. About fifteen months ago, I opened a Facebook account to explore sharing photos with family. I decided to go another route and never looked at FB again. Occasionally, I'd get friend request emails which I ignored. Couldn't figure out why I was getting them, because, as far as I knew, my account was "invisible.” As it turns…


Added by Linda Gardner (linda01720) on June 18, 2010 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Random thoughts on FamilySearch

For the past couple of years, I have been closely following developments

made by FamilySearch to a variety of online products, including New

FamilySearch,, the FamilySearch Wiki and several other

websites. For most of that time, FamilySearch has facilitated the

observations by making semi-public announcements about its intentions

and by posting explanations of changes on its websites. Most recently,

that whole system of announcements seems to have… Continue

Added by James Tanner on June 18, 2010 at 8:52am — No Comments

Most Wanted – Newton Coleman Ward in Birmingham, AL

According to my grandmother, her father spent time in Birmingham working as a streetcar driver. I can place him in Georgia during each census year, so this would have been during an “in-between” time.

Newt and my great-grandmother were married in 1909. They were courting at the time this picture was taken; they are the young couple . . . → :…


Added by Tonia Kendrick on June 17, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Microsoft introduces a free online version of Office

You can now create Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents online

with Windows

. Once you sign up for Microsoft's online service, you can

access Microsoft's SkyDrive for your new documents. The release of these

free… Continue

Added by James Tanner on June 16, 2010 at 8:40pm — No Comments

The Lifeblood of An Author Are Those All Important Reviews

I've spent well over ten years researching data from the archives of the Ministry of Culture Spain. Countless hours downloading resource documentation, more than three for each individual within the Juan Ponce de Leon immediate family, ancestors, into my computer and into my own family tree. Juan Ponce as it turned out is a cousin of mine because we have the same ancestor, Poncio de Minerva also known as Ponce de Cabrera.

As a backup to the resource…


Added by Ayesart on June 16, 2010 at 7:09pm — No Comments

A Letter from a Proud Grandpapa

Michiel Ockers Hogerzeijl was the captain of a whaling ship from 1729 to 1759. He lived in Holland and hunted for whales off the coast of Greenland. His father, Ocker Bruins Hoogerseijl, was also a commander of a whaling ship from 1720 to 1730. There is a Hogerzeil Street in the town of Krimpen aan de Lek, Holland, where they lived. In…


Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on June 16, 2010 at 10:56am — No Comments

Continuing Update On The Book, Juan Ponce de Leon His New and Revised Genealogy

Good news for those who are interested in the genealogy of Juan Ponce de Leon, his immediate family members, ancestors and his descendants.

My work has made it to Barnes and Nobel.

Check it out:…


Added by Ayesart on June 16, 2010 at 10:37am — No Comments

A chance connection at Jamboree

I was at the Southern California Genealogical Society's 2010 Jamboree this past weekend. I dropped by the Los Californianos booth, for at least the fourth time. The nice lady at the booth (I forgot your name!) asked me what the surname was of the family I had in early… Continue

Added by Patricia Aceves Wyble on June 14, 2010 at 9:17pm — No Comments

New FamilySearch Beta Test

A recent announcement from FamilySearch began another round of Beta

Testing of the New FamilySearch program. This particular Beta Test was

aimed at three changes to the program. Quoting from the announcement


We need your feedback on the following changes:

· New Discussions feature. This feature allows users to post and respond to discussions about deceased persons in the new FamilySearch. Users

can share and coordinate information they…

Added by James Tanner on June 14, 2010 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Columbus Public Library

On a recent business trip, I visited the Columbus Public Library in Columbus, GA. What an amazing genealogy collection! They have as many stacks in the genealogy wing as my local library has in the whole adult section. They also have wi-fi throughout the library, so I was able to post my notes directly to my . . . → : CONTINUE…


Added by Tonia Kendrick on June 14, 2010 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments


Footnote is have free access to all it's Civil War records for a limited time.

Added by Bob Mooney-Pa on June 14, 2010 at 8:02am — 2 Comments

Finding John Tanner

Sometimes all the computer power in the world cannot help you find the

family history records you are looking for. My Great-great-great

grandfather, John Tanner, is a case in point. My research goal was

really to look for John's great-great-grandfather, William Tanner. But

the search for William eventually lead to direct information about John

Tanner's birth, dates that had been passed down for hundreds of years

and had been the subject of a number of books.… Continue

Added by James Tanner on June 13, 2010 at 10:36pm — No Comments

Yo soy una mezcla de muchas cosas La arena mortal de mis células llenas de España con su música de toros Cuando las caras de un pasado Me miran por entre sus ojos rasgados Que soy yo Española o ame…

Yo soy una mezcla de muchas cosas

La arena mortal de mis células llenas de

España con su música de toros

Cuando las caras de un pasado

Me miran por entre sus ojos rasgados

Que soy yo

Española o amerindia

El mestizaje me llena de confusión

Maldita sea

Porque es que mis antepasados

Se mesclaron

Llenándome de pena

Y curiosidad acerca de mis raíces

De aquí,… Continue

Added by Maria Camacho on June 13, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Horace Greeley remembers Londonderry

My regular blog is Nutfield Genealogy at where I blog about Londonderry and Derry, New Hampshire local history and genealogy in general for our our part of New England. This was one of my most popular blogs last month, not just for local people,…


Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on June 12, 2010 at 3:40pm — No Comments

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