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September 2009 Blog Posts (122)

Ontario Genealogical Contest

John D. Reid in his blog “Anglo-Celtic Connections” (Sept.24, 2009) outlined a two new essay competitions by the Ontario Genealogical Society aimed at young people.

The Dr. Don Brearley Genealogical Essay Prize is open to secondary school students in grades 11 and 12. For this, the first year, it is open to Toronto District School Board students only. In future years it will be available to students in other Ontario school boards. Submission deadline is February 26, 2010.

The… Continue

Added by William Bruce Hillman on September 25, 2009 at 7:03am — No Comments

Buried at a Mall?

Buried at a Mall?

Robert Wilson, 3rd died in 1797 in what was then part of Danvers, Massachusetts, at a farm which no longer exists, and the family plot is now located in Peabody, behind the Kappy’s Liquor Store. The Wilson family wouldn’t recognize this land. Where the farm stood is now the cloverleaf intersection of routes 114 and 128, and the North Shore Mall.

Robert Wilson served in the Revolutionary War as… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on September 23, 2009 at 6:07pm — No Comments

New FamilySearch marches on

By September 28, 2009, the Provo Temple District, which includes all of the Student Wards and Stakes at Brigham Young University, will have full access to New FamilySearch. In addition, the Ogden Temple District is scheduled for its first Stake access on September 28th also. With these two Stakes going online, that leaves only the Mount Timpanogos Temple District in Utah Valley and the remaining Temple Districts in the Salt Lake Valley itself to get access.…


Added by James Tanner on September 23, 2009 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Little Green Blog - TreeRing

Preserving memories "Green" - a look at Tree Ring, creators of yearbooks for the internet generation.

Little green Blog - TreeRing Preserving memories of childhood and our future earth

Added by Stefani Twyford on September 23, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Latest records added to Record Search

More records have been added to the FamilySearch Record Search Website. These include the following: (All descriptions from the Website with the spelling corrected).

Added by James Tanner on September 23, 2009 at 8:57am — No Comments

Parade of States --- online digital genealogy resources -- Alaska

Like Wyoming, Alaska is large with a small population. It is the least densely populated state of the U.S. See Wikipedia. I have only known a few people over the years who actually were born and raised in Alaska. As shown below, some of the online resources are actually in other state repositories.

Added by James Tanner on September 23, 2009 at 8:52am — No Comments

Where Nature and People Meet

When I first visited the Ballard Nature Center in 2002, I found a flyer that aptly read, “Where nature and people meet.” The BNC can rightfully make that claim. Some 3,000 visitors from 29 states and four countries visited the BNC during its first year, and the nature enthusiasts just keep coming and coming back.

A $300,000 visitor’s center serves as a meeting place for clubs and a living classroom for educators and schoolchildren.… Continue

Added by Judy Rosella Edwards on September 22, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Upcoming Legacy classes in Arizona, California, Washington, and British Columbia

We are excited to participate in the following upcoming genealogy seminars and workshops. If you are in the area, please stop by our booth to say hello. You can ask the Legacy Family Tree experts questions and take advantage of special seminar discounts.

October 2009

USA | Arizona | Youngtown - October 7/14/21/28, 2009. This four week Beginning Legacy course is offered by the West Valley Genealogical Society and taught by Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen. Class size… Continue

Added by Geoff Rasmussen on September 22, 2009 at 3:24pm — No Comments

The Douglas/Douglas-Willan/Willan connection

I have been working with others in an attempt to unravel some of the missing bits in the links between the Douglas and Willan families.

There are two major links:

Colonel Frank Willan married Louisa Marguerita Douglas, daughter of Captain Charles Robert George Douglas, late 32nd Bengal Light Infantry (Killed Dehli, 1847) and Louisa nee Robinson, both grandchildren of Major General Robert Douglas.

Thomas Willan, a stagecoach proprietor, left Twyford Abbey and estate to his… Continue

Added by William Douglas on September 22, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

Online Genealogy Resources and Costs

I'm a novice and one reluctant to immerse too quickly without checking out total costs. I understand the local library could be a good source, especially if they have a Library Subscription to those online sites I might use at home, but at my costs. Well, I just learned my local public library closes at 5:00 p.m. on a regular basis, so it is hardly worth my closer examination of its inner workings. How about online subscriptions that I must pay for? Is worth my purchase… Continue

Added by BJohnston on September 21, 2009 at 4:04pm — 7 Comments

How to recover from a genealogy cruise

Our 6th annual Legacy Genealogy cruise has concluded. What a great time we had. Now it's back to real life where we have to make our own food, clean up after ourselves, and come up with our own entertainment. Returning to normal life isn't as easy as it might seem....

Click here to read the complete article.

Added by Geoff Rasmussen on September 21, 2009 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Free online records from Sweden

Sweden is not known for having free online records. You may have heard of Genline, a commercial Swedish Website with 17,453,462 online images comprising approximately 34,600,000 pages of images. This is a subscription site charging up to $285 US for a year subscription. However, you can also pay by the day, $11 US, or 20 days, a month, a quarter or three years. It is a fabulous Website for Swedish research. But they have the same records that were microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of… Continue

Added by James Tanner on September 20, 2009 at 10:02pm — 1 Comment

Parade of States --- online digital genealogy resources -- Wyoming

Although Wyoming is the least populous state in the U.S., it is the tenth largest by size. Its online resources are not as extensive as other more populous states but still significant. A Google search for Wyoming digital resources will show a lot of links from other state collections which include historical material from Wyoming. One example is the Western States Marriages Record Index which includes some marriages from Wyoming.…


Added by James Tanner on September 20, 2009 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Family Tree Connection - Update (20/Sep/2009)

Family Tree Connection

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

Moline Woman's Club 1929-1930 Year Book - Woman's Club of Moline, Moline, Illinois, Year Book, Twenty-sixth Annual Announcement, 1929-1930. Founded May twenty-third, nineteen hundred three by Mrs. Frank Gates Allen.

Mt. Moriah Evangelical Lutheran…


Added by Illya Daddezio on September 20, 2009 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Cemetery clearance reveals Douglas graves

Source: Nebraska City News-Press, Nebraska City, Otoe Co., Nebraska, Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Joshua Goebel assembled volunteers from Boys Scouts Troop 246 Thursday to clear Otoe County’s pauper cemetery.

"Located on high ground at the edge of what once was the Otoe County Poor Farm, Goebel said a 1927 report indicated there were 30 graves there."

Amongst them were the graves of James and Mary (Molly) Douglas.

"After removing enough dead-wood to fill… Continue

Added by William Douglas on September 20, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Saturday Night Genealogical Fun

From Randy Seaver’s “Genea-Musings” is Saturday Night Genealogical Fun. Divide your father’s age by four and round off the number. Find the ancestor in your pedigree chart that has been assigned that number.

Father is 89 and still alive. Divide his age by 4 = 22.

22 on pedigree chart(Legacy 7.0) is Hugh Hillman (born sometime in 1844 in Upper Canada to John Hillman and Isabella May. Died 6 Mar. 1894 Rodney, Ontario). He was my grandfather’s uncle. Married Sarah Campbell(9… Continue

Added by William Bruce Hillman on September 20, 2009 at 9:42am — No Comments

Response from a pretentious genealogist

In a comment to my September 13, 2009 post about collecting names vs. family history, one of the comments named me a "pretentious genealogist" apparently because I "vehemently abhor 'name collectors'." I guess I was also surprised to find out that I was a "self-proclaimed expert" so I went back and re-read my own article. After a review, I did find a few more things to say about name collectors, even the variety claimed by the commentator.…


Added by James Tanner on September 19, 2009 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Additional FamilySearch Affiliates and Product Certification

FamilySearch has issued an updated list of FamilySearch Affiliates. To quote the Website, "FamilySearch Certified Affiliates are third-party companies and organizations that provide products and services with features that are compatible with FamilySearch programs. Certification indicates the affiliate’s declaration of compliance with FamilySearch requirements. Note that these products and services are independently developed and supported by their respective organizations, not by… Continue

Added by James Tanner on September 18, 2009 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Land Deeds more reasons for looking for.

Land Deeds are so critical in research, Let us hope your kin had some.

The neighbors become your relatives, they may even be your ancestors.

Families only married into community people or church related people on the whole.

Even a first name with out a last may give you a clue.

Try say Addie Smith born in OHIO and she marries Mr. Flora.

NOW we find Mr. Flora and his family and can track this family and after his marriage to Addie and… Continue

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on September 17, 2009 at 9:40pm — 1 Comment

Reading a Census

My main problem while researching my family tree is reading a census. First, I didn't think some of my family members were on any census. This was due to bad handwriting, wrong birth years and misspelled names or incorrect surnames. I had to take one census year, for one county and searched page by page to find lost ancestors.My great grandmother name was Quantillia, her name was misspelled Guantillia,Quantellia etc.My grandfather's surname was Feemster. The F looks like a fancy written H and I… Continue

Added by Jean Hyde on September 17, 2009 at 8:15pm — 2 Comments

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