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September 2009 Blog Posts (122)

The Romero Emblem

The Romero Emblem is to idenify those that wear it, to the family of their origin, with a meaning expressed with every color that was chosen, and placed in position with the names of all the original members of the Romero Family, in a circle, to express the unity and the perpetuity of the "FAMILY'.

Wear this emblem proudly, and when asked the meaning of it's nature you can say it is the origin and the history of your own existence.

In 1886… Continue

Added by Valerie Ve Romero Lopez on September 17, 2009 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Large update to Record Search Pilot

Record Search Pilot, the online digital collection of images and indexes from the FamilySearch Indexing project, has added a large number of new collections to their resources. All of the following descriptions are from the Record Search Website. These include"

Added by James Tanner on September 17, 2009 at 8:23am — No Comments

Getting the story right

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California , was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Congressman Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory:

On the back… Continue

Added by William Douglas on September 16, 2009 at 3:27pm — 2 Comments

John Lee b. 1763 Harford County MD & d. 1803 York County PA

I am searching for the parents of my gr X4 grandfather, John Lee b. 1763 in Harford County MD and d. 1803 in Delta, York County, PA. John was married to Martha Howlett and they had 7 children. John was killed in, I believe, Delta, York Co., PA in 1803 by an "accidental discharge of another person". He is buried in the Slateville Presbyterian Cemetery in York Co., PA. He was born (according to in Mill Green, Harford Co., MD, but I have not been able to locate any info there… Continue

Added by Donna C. Templeton on September 16, 2009 at 2:22pm — 2 Comments

Julia Rivers McClain - Query

I am looking for information on Julia Rivers McClain [dates of birth and death unknown] who married Americus Felder [1843-1914]. Date of marriage: about 1886. If anyone has any information on Julia, please let me know. Thank you.

Added by Spivey on September 16, 2009 at 11:06am — 6 Comments

Pentico Blog for Family & Friends

The blog is posted below. Click and enjoy the basics. Much more to follow.

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on September 16, 2009 at 11:06am — No Comments

Madison County, Alabama - Query

Looking for information about John Napier of Madison County, Alabama, specifically if a burial location is known for him; burial location possibly in Cluttsville, Alabama. Thanks for your help.

Added by Spivey on September 16, 2009 at 10:56am — No Comments

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

With this post, I start a new series. I will devote one post (or more) to each state's online digital archive collections useful to genealogists. I do not pretend that my list will all inclusive, I think that might be a physical impossibility since new collections are coming online at a furious rate. Where appropriate, I will comment on the content of the sites.

Added by James Tanner on September 15, 2009 at 8:51pm — No Comments


Well, here I am again...havent made much progress on my genealogy lately. Im excited because my grandsons Y-DNA results were just posted on Sorensons. However, Sorensons doesnt assign a haplogroup to his results. They want you to go to another site, pay them, and they will interpret the results. If I were rich that wouldnt be a problem, but...we all know that times are a bit rough right now. Im dying to know his results though because there is supposedly some Native American in there somewhere,… Continue

Added by Jay'me Helen Boughner on September 15, 2009 at 8:25pm — No Comments

A family historian reads American history: variation on a poem by Brecht


Who sailed the seas to the colonies?

The books all hail the Mayflower.

Do others have ancestors venturing besides?

And many slaves, so many times maligned, who sold and bought them up each time?

In which of Boston's houses, that city bustling with churches, lived those who built it?

In evenings when General Washington crossed rivers

where did the rowers go?

City Washington is full of… Continue

Added by Unknown Ancestor on September 15, 2009 at 12:48pm — No Comments

UNESCO Archive Portal

Just when you might possibly believe that there were no more huge collections of online genealogy resources, along comes The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization with its Archives Portal. Styled as an international gateway to information for archivists and archives users,

Added by James Tanner on September 15, 2009 at 8:48am — No Comments

New FamilySearch marches on

Thanks to Renee Zamora's post of 14 September 2009 for the update on the release of New FamilySearch to the Wasatch Front Temple Districts. I have been looking at the Utah/Idaho releases on a regular basis but I guess I got busy and missed the latest news. I guessed that Provo would probably be next Temple District...

Added by James Tanner on September 15, 2009 at 8:11am — 1 Comment

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I'm a Cheltonian living in the Middle East at present, so my research is all online at the moment. I am researching my Grandfather's family. Alphonse de Van Meulbrouck (born about 1847) was from Roubaix, France. I'm not sure when he arrived in UK but his wife Elenor was from Worcester. They ran a common lodging house on Grove Street (nos 2 & 4). Their son Alphonse Meulbrouck (the de van started to disappear in some records) born in about 1876 married… Continue

Added by Cheltenham4u on September 15, 2009 at 7:52am — No Comments

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Louisa Little (known as Mary) married my great-grandfather Charles Cook. Her mother Frances Cross (c.1820-1848) is known to be married to James Little b. in Cheltenham 1812, a plasterer. However, I cannot trace Frances' birth or her marriage to James (thought to be 1842-3). The family believe that the Crosses had a musical background. Also there is a family tale that Frances was the offspring of a French noble family (De Croy or Du Cros) who escaped France from… Continue

Added by Cheltenham4u on September 15, 2009 at 7:51am — No Comments

Impossible without its historic background

"A thorough understanding of the modern land law is impossible without a knowledge of its historical background." Moynihan, Cornelius J. Introduction to the Law of Real Property: An Historical Background of the Common Law of Real Property and Its Modern Application. St. Paul, Minn: West Pub. Co, 1962.

Added by James Tanner on September 14, 2009 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Genealogy and Me

I was sitting at my computor one night when a commercial came on TV for I thought to myself, here I am in my mid 60's and I don't even know the name of my great grandfather. Most of my family had passed away or I had lost contact with them. At first I didn't want to spend any money to find things but finally joined I now have about 14,000 people in my tree and finding more every day. I have joined another tree that has over 4000 CRABTREEs in it and thousands of other… Continue

Added by Robert Crabtree on September 14, 2009 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Daniel Horowitz - Genealogy and Translation Manager of - August genealogy USA tour. Part I of II

After a month and a bit more on the road, I'm now back home. It's time to take a break before my interview on Sep. 15 with Susan E. King and tell you all about my genealogy tour in the US during the month of August.

My first stop was in New Jersey where I spoke to the Genealogical Society of Bergen County in Ridgewood. More than 50 people heard about the latest tools to help… Continue

Added by Daniel Horowitz on September 14, 2009 at 6:28am — No Comments

The theory of estates in land for genealogists

You might as well face it, the amount of information contained in land records is huge, but it is locked up in arcane and often obsolete legal terminology. Understanding the language unlocks the information in these old records. The modern concept of land ownership or estates have their origins in the 13th Century in England and the methods of land ownership in the United States are derived almost entirely from very early English precedents. The word "estate" itself, dates from feudal times and… Continue

Added by James Tanner on September 13, 2009 at 10:15pm — No Comments

The Clutter in the Attic

After quite a hiatus from doing much genealogy research, it's now time to take out all the clutter I've accumulated. As in clutter, I suppose you can say my research has co-mingled. Not a good thing when your trying to organize your family roots. I have tried to do research on several different family branches, at one time they each had their own place and I kept them that way. Through the years I have been a little haphazard with the record keeping. I have everything, but it's certainly not… Continue

Added by Cindy M on September 13, 2009 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Collecting names vs. family history

From time to time, I encounter individuals who have huge family files comprising tens of thousands of names. These people, who I will call name collectors, seem intent on compiling the largest collection of names possible. Usually, they have absolutely no idea who any of the people actually are, but they take pride in the huge number of individuals. Name collectors are neither genealogists nor family historians. With today's technology and a few GEDCOM files anyone can have a huge collection of… Continue

Added by James Tanner on September 13, 2009 at 2:53pm — 6 Comments

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