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The ancestor quest: humor, poems and prose for Genealogists.

I have gathered and transcribed several items of humor, poems and prose for Genealogists that have touched me in some way. The ones I have selected and printed below are my favorites of the hundreds that can be found – and the ones that hit home the most.


Dear Ancestor


Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
So many years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.



 Genealogy – where you confuse the dead and irritate the living.



Murphy’s Law for Genealogists


The public ceremony in which your distinguished ancestor participated and at which the platform collapsed under him turned out to be a hanging.

When at last after much hard work you have solved the mystery you have been working on for two years, your aunt says, “I could have told you that.”

You grandmother’s maiden name that you have searched for four years was on a letter in a box in the attic all the time.

You never asked your father about his family when he was alive because you weren’t interested in genealogy then.

The will you need is in the safe on board the Titanic.

Copies of old newspapers have holes occurring only on the surnames.

John, son of Thomas, the immigrant whom your relatives claim as the family progenitor, died on board ship at
age 10.

Your gr. grandfather’s newspaper obituary states that he died leaving no issue of record.

The keeper of the vital records you need has just been insulted by an another genealogist.

The relative who had all the family photographs gave them all to her daughter who has no interest in genealogy and no inclination to share.

The only record you find for your gr. grandfather is that his property was sold at a sheriff’s sale for insolvency.

The one document that would supply the missing link in your dead-end line has been lost due to fire, flood or war.

The town clerk to whom you wrote for the information sends you a long handwritten letter which is totally illegible.

The spelling for your European ancestor’s name bears no relationship to its current spelling or pronunciation.

None of the pictures in your recently deceased grandmother’s photo album have names written on them.

No one in your family tree ever did anything noteworthy, owned property, was sued or was named in wills.

You learn that your great aunt’s executor just sold her life’s collection of family genealogical materials to a flea market dealer “somewhere in New York City.”

Ink fades and paper deteriorates at a rate inversely proportional to the value of the data recorded.

The 37 volume, sixteen thousand page history of your county of origin isn’t indexed.

You finally find your gr. grandparent’s wedding records and discover that the brides’ father was named John Smith.



Whoever said “Seek and ye shall find” was not a genealogist.


Strangers in the Box


Come, look with me inside this drawer,
In this box I’ve often seen,
At the pictures, black and white,
Faces proud, still, and serene.

I wish I knew the people,
These strangers in the box,
Their names and all their memories,
Are lost among my socks.

I wonder what their lives were like,
How did they spend their days?
What about their special times?
I’ll never know their ways.

If only someone had taken time,
To tell, who, what, where, and when,
These faces of my heritage,
Would come to life again.

Could this become the fate,
Of the pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories,
Someday to be passed away?

Take time to save your stories,
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
Or someday you and yours,
Could be strangers in the box.

Originally posted 2016-04-26 10:17:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

William Thorne: Signer of the historic Flushing Remonstrance.

William Thorne, my children’s 10th great grandfather, was born March 7, 1616 to John (1580-1621) and Constance (1584-1617) Thorne in Dorset, England.

Although it is unclear whether the marriage occurred in England or Massachusetts, he married Sarah “Susannah” Booth (1608-1675) who married William Hallett after the death of her first husband William Thorne. Sometime between 1634 and 1638, he immigrated to America through the port of Boston, although it is unclear whether he arrived single, or newly married. They soon had the following children:

  • Joseph Thorne (1642-1727)
  • William Thorne Jr. (   –   )
  • Samuel Thorne Sr. (   –   )
  • John Thorne (1643-1707)
  • Susannah Thorne (   –   )

We know William Thorne is listed in the US and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index of 1500 to 1900 as having immigrated to Boston in 1638. He was made a Freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony at Lynn, Massachusetts on May 2, 1638. Obtaining this position is a strong indicator that he was a Puritan of legal age, had some means, and was a trusted member of the community.

It is recorded that on June 29, 1641, William served as a member of a jury in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, which was only 5 miles from Lynn.

He took his religious convictions very seriously and took an active role in the church. One such action was his part in the hiding and supporting of fellow patentee, Ann Marbury Hutchinson’s son Francis and her son-in-law William Collins. All were opposed to the Church of Boston. As a result of his actions, he was fined 6 2/3 pounds by the court.

Another action was his refusal to serve in the Military Watch, resulting in his being found guilty in a Salem, Essex County court of the infraction, on February 28, 1643.

Flushing Quakeer Friends' Meeting House and Burial Ground (in rear), built c. 1695.
Flushing Quaker Friends’ Meeting House and Burial Ground (in rear), built c. 1695.

He died in 1657 at the age of 41 in Jamaica, New York and was buried in the Flushing Quaker Meeting Burial Grounds in Flushing, Queens, New York. By this time, however, he had already left Boston, moving to Sandwich in the Plymouth Colony, and eventually arriving in New Amsterdam to become one of the original patentees of the Patent at Gravesend in June 1643.

Flushing Quaker Meeting House Graveyard 4 Flushing Quaker Meeting House Graveyard 2 Flushing Quaker Meeting House Cemetery Flushing Quaker Meeting House and Graveyard

Flushing Quaker Meeting Graveyard.

In September of 1643, the Mohicans attacked Gravesend and William Thorne and the rest of the patentees beat off several successive attacks, killing several Mohicans. Sadly Anne Hutchinson and most of her family were murdered by the Mohicans.

The Governor finally ended the war with the Indians on August 30, 1645.

October 10, 1645, William Thorne and 16 other Englishmen were granted a Patent for a village at Flushing Creek, and the final Patent for Gravesend was granted to Thorne, et al. was granted by Governor Kieft.

March 21, 1656, William Thorne was granted Planters Lott at Jamaica, Long Island as a member of the second group of patentees.

On December 27, 1657 the Remonstrance of Flushing was drafted and William Thorne was the third to sign.

Tombstone: Samuel and Susanna Hallett.
Tombstone: Samuel and Susana Hallett.
Hallett, Samuel and Susana 2
Tombstone: Samuel and Susana Hallett.
Flushing Remonstrance, pg 1.
Flushing Remonstrance.
Thorne, William; Flushing Remonstrance, pg 2.
Signatures on the Flushing Remonstrance.




  1. U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700.” Database;
  2. “Find A Grave”, Grave Memorial;  : .
  3. “Find A Grave”, Grave Memorials; : .
  4. Middleton, Joseph and Taylor, Alan McLean; compilers; “Eight Generations from William Thorne”.
  5. “New Jersey Abstract of Wills”; New Jersey Colonial Documents; Page 480.

Originally posted 2015-12-22 18:52:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Transcription: The last Will and Testament of Hannah Stone


Last Will and Testament of Hannah Stone







This is the last Will and testament of me Hannah Stone of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis in the County of Dorset ???? woman made this twenty fourth day of  April one thousand eight hundred and thirty four ffirst I direct my just debts ffuneral and testamentary expenses to be paid by my Executrix hereafter married And all the Rest Residue and Remainders of my household goods ffurniture linen cows cattle and all other my personal estate and effects what nature or kind ????? I give and do bequeath unto my daughter Ann Corney wife of William Corney of Weymouth aforesaid Sailmaker to and for her own use and benefit and I hereby appoint my said daughter sole Executrix of this my will and lastly I hereby revoke all wills codicils and other testamentary dispositions made by me at any time or times heretofore and do publish and declare this to be my last will and testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written The Mark and Seal of Hannah Stone ?? signed seales published and declared by the said Hannah Stone the Executrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto Fred Chas. Sleggatt S??  Weymouth Thos. Corrall
Proved at London 15th October 1835 before the judge by the oath… (remainder missing)


The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.


Originally posted 2015-12-03 17:09:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Mark Blythe to Barack Obama Relationship Chart


The relationship chart illustrating the multi-generational, multi-cultural, multi-racial connections between Barack Obama and my husband Mark Blythe.


A while ago, we saw a genealogy chart in a Chicago newspaper online showing Barack Obama’s family tree, which includes one Ulrich Stehle (Steely), born about 1720 and died before 1773, living the entire time in Pennsylvania.

The connection is through Barack’s maternal line from his mother Stanley Ann Dunham and Mark’s paternal line.

We later discovered that Barack Obama and Mark are both related to John Bunch, the first documented slave in America, as described in a previous post.

Mark Blythe to Barack Obama Relationship Chart
Mark Blythe to Barack Obama Relationship Chart

Originally posted 2016-10-26 05:37:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Police can request your DNA from sites like Ancestry, 23andMe.


Millions of people have handed their DNA over to genetic testing companies like Ancestry or 23andMe to learn more about their family history.

Eric Yarham wanted to learn about his heritage, so he mailed off his saliva to 23andMe.

“I’m just trying to unravel the mystery that is your genetics,” said Yarham.


Yarham was surprised to find a tiny portion of his DNA profile can be traced back to sub-Saharan Africa. He was also unaware that his genetic information could end up in the hands of police.

“The police make mistakes and I would rather not be on the unfortunate end of one of those mistakes, as a result of my DNA being somewhere that is unlucky,” Yarham said.

Both 23andMe and Ancestry confirm your DNA profile could be disclosed to law enforcement if they have a warrant.

23andMe Privacy Officer Kate Black said, “We try to make information available on the website in various forms, so through Frequently Asked Questions, through information in our privacy center.”

According to the company’s self-reported data, law enforcement has requested information for five American 23andMe customers since it began offering home test kits more than a decade ago.

23andMe’s website states, “In each of these cases, 23andMe successfully resisted the request and protected our customers’ data from release to law enforcement.”

Black said she wouldn’t entirely rule it out in the future. “We would always review a request and take it on a case-by-case basis,” Black said.

Read on . . .


Source: Police can request your DNA from sites like Ancestry, 23andMe

Originally posted 2018-01-12 11:48:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

A Swedish History: Gummeson and Nelson

My husband and children’s swedish history includes Gummeson and Nelson ancestors for the most part. Our children’s great grandfather through their grandmother (their father’s mother) was August Gummeson.

Born July 30, 1887 in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA, August was one of nine children of David Gummeson from Sandsjo, Socken Kranebergs, Lan Smoland, Sweden and his wife Kristine Christina “Christina” Nelson from Urshult, Socken Kransbergs, Lan Smoland, Sweden.

David GummesonDavid Gummeson, born February 8, 1843, was the son of Gudmund Gumme Svensson of Vackelsang, Sweden and his wife Anna Olafsdotter, of Sodra Sandsjo, Sweden. Gudmund, in turn, was the son of Sven Hankansson and Elin Petersdotter, both from Sweden as far as we can tell.

He married Kristine “Christina” Nelson, born February 17, 1857, who was the daughter and second oldest of eight children of Peter Gustaf Nilsson of Linneryd, Sweden and Johanna “Hanna Johansdotter” of Urshalt, Sweden. Peter Gustaf Nilsson was the son and eldest of the ten children of Soldat Nils Piquet of Linneryd, Sweden and his wife Marta “Martha” Andersdotter of Hevmantorp, Sweden.

Christine Gummeson
Christine Gummeson

Although we have no documentary evidence to support this, we believe Soldat Nils Piquet was the son of Sven Peterson and Christina Nilsdotter, both of Sweden.

Following the centuries old naming convention of Sweden, the sons of the first two generations above took on the first names of their fathers, followed by the suffix ‘son’ added at the end. Gudmund Gumme Svensson (‘Svens’son), was the son of Sven Hankansson, and therefore, it can be assumed that the father of Sven Hankansson’s first name was Hankan, although we have no documentary evidence of such as yet. David Gummeson (‘Gumme’son), likewise took on his father Gumme’s first name with ‘son’ added at the end.

We have no photos or documents regarding Gudmund Gumme Svensson and Anna Olafsdotter. The Gummeson paper trail starts with David Gummeson and Christina Nelson.


Sven Peterson’s birth date is unknown. Christine Nilsdotter was born in 1768 in Rolsme, Linneryd, Sweden and they were married sometime before 1794. Sven and Christine’s son was Soldat Nils Piquet, who was born April 8, 1794 in Linneryd, Sweden and died December 6, 1869, at the age of 75, in Gronadel, Sweden. So far, I have been unable to locate documentation proving he was the son of Sven Peterson and Christine Nilsdotter, or whether Soldat Nils Piquet had any siblings.

Farm House of Nils Svensson Peket (Picquet) in Sweden

Soldat Nils Piquet married Marta “Martha” Andersdotter in 1822. Martha was born on June 9, 1800 in Hevmantorp, Sweden and died June 8, 1889 at the age of 88. Soldat and Martha had ten children, all of whom were born in Sweden, and with whom they immigrated to the USA on October 22, 1870. They were:

  1. Peter Gustaf Nilsson Piquet, born October 30, 1823 in Linneryd, Sweden and died in about 1890 at the age of 67, in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. He may also have been known as Nels Peter Nelson, who   immigrated to the USA July 2, 1871.
  2. Eva Piquet was born on September 23, 1825.
  3. Johan Nilsson Piquet was born on August 16, 1827 in Linneryd, Sweden.
  4. Johanna Piquet was born on September 3, 1829 in Linneryd, Sweden and she died in 1860 at the age of 31.
  5. Daniel Piquet was born on Octboer 17, 1831 in Linneryd, Sweden.
  6. Anders Piquet Nilsson was born on October 24, 1833 in Linderyd and he died on May 13, 1921 at the age of 87 in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA.
  7. Karl Piquet was born on November 2, 1835.
  8. Samuel Piquet was born on May 24, 1838.
  9. Carolina Piquet was born on December 2, 1840.
  10. Ingrid Kristina Piquet was born on December 25,1842.

Peter Gustaf Nilsson Piquet married Johanna Hanna Johansdotter, who was born on February 10, 1828 in Urshalt, Sweden. She died in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. Peter and Hanna had eight children:

  1. Caroline Nelson was born on October 7, 1854 in Sweden.
  2. Kristine Christina Nelson (also known as Christina) was born February 17, 1857 in Urshult, Socken Kransbergs, Lan Smoland, Sweden and died June 29, 1931 in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA.
  3. Eva Catharina Nelson was born on September 29, 1859 in Urshult, Socken Kransbergs, Lan Smoland, Sweden. She was also known as Eva Catharina Petersdotter Nelson and she died in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA.
  4. Nils Johan Nelson was born on September 29, 1861.
  5. Sven August Nelson was born on October 3, 1863.
  6. Emilie Nelson was born on June 30, 1866.
  7. Gustaf Adolf Nelson was born on February 12, 1871.
  8. Emma Sophia Nelson was born on November 9, 1876 in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. She died of Typhoid fever on June 6, 1907 at the age of 30 in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. Emma had married Peter Lundquist and lived nearby. One of their children was named Pearl. Pearl was the youngest child of four, and when her mother died in 1906, at the age of 31, Peter Lundquist moved with his three oldest children to care for nieces and nephews who had also been orphaned, leaving Pearl (7 months old) in the care of Christina, who soon married her second husband Charles Hasselquist. The following obituary for Pearl was published in the County Ledger Press on January 14, 1999:

Pearl Lundquist, age 92, passed away Jan 2 at the Golden Age Manor in Amery. She was born Nov 2, 1906 in Amery to Peter amd Emma (Nelson) Lundquist. In June 1907, Pearl’s mother Emma passed away from Typhoid Fever. Pearl was only 7 years old. Pearl’s father and three older sisters left for Portland Oregon in August to take care of his neices and nephews who had (also) been orphaned with the oldest child being 12. Pearl was left with her aunt, Mrs. Christina Gummeson, who lived on what is now the Marlin Bottolfson farm. She was a widow with 9 children of her own. She (Pearl) attended the Shilo School for the first grade. When she was 8, she moved to the farm north of Shilo where Christina married Charles Hasselquist. She then attended the Goose Lake School and later attended High School in Amery, where she stayed with another aunt. Rev. Ardren at First Lutheran in Amery, confirmed her in the Swedish language. When she live near Balsam Lutheran as a child, she walked 3 1/2 miles to Sunday School and Luther League. She was active at Balsam Lutheran teaching Sunday School as well as being the substitute organist for services. During WWII, Pearl worked in New Richmond packing K Rations. For 43 years she worked at Paradise Lodge in Balsam Lake. She was preceded in death by three sisters. Interment was in the Balsam Lutheran Cemetery with Williamson funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Her funeral was on Wednesday, Jan 6 at 1 p.m. at Balsam Lutheran Church, rural Amery, with the Rev. Ed Rasmussen officiating.


Sven Hankansson was born on April 15, 1767 and he married Elin Petersdotter, who was born September 27, 1778. Sven and Elin had seven children.

  1. Gudmund Gumme Svensson was born July 10, 1796 in Vackelsang, Sweden and died 1861 in Sodra Sandsjo, Veramala Narragard, Sweden.
  2. Catherina Svensdottter was born on November 5, 1793.
  3. Magnus Svensson was born on January 22, 1795. He died just under six months of age on July 2, 1795.
  4. Magnus Svensson was born on February 17, 1798. He died on April 27, 1804 at the age of 6.
  5. Annica Svensson was born on August 11, 1799 and died on August 17, 1903 at the age of 104.
  6. Johannes Svensson was born on September 14, 1801.
  7. Ingrid Svensdotter was born on August 7, 1803. She died at just five days old on August 12, 1803.
Gummeson House in Sweden
Gummeson house in Sweden.

Gudmund Gumme Svensson was born on July 10, 1796 in Vackelsang, Sweden. He died in 1861 at the age of 65 in Sodra Sandsjo, Veramala Narragard, Sweden. Gudmund married Anna Olafsdotter on February 23, 1825 in Sodra Sandsjo, Sweden. Anna was born on December 21, 1801 in Sodra Sandsjo, Sweden and she died November 9, 1845 at 43 years of age in Sodra Sandsjo, Sweden. Gudmund and Anna had six children.

Ingrid Gummesdotter
Ingrid Gummesdotter
  1. Johannes Gummeson was born on April 7, 1826 and died in infancy not too long after in 1826 in Sodra Sandsjo, Sweden.
  2. Elin Kaisa Gummesdoter was born on June 7, 1827 and later died in Sweden.
  3. Ingrid Catharine Gummeson was born on September 16, 1829 in Sondra Sandsja, Sweden. She died in 1907 at the age of 78 in USA. She was also known as “Ingrid and/or Katherina” Gummesdotter.
  4. Marie Gummesdotter was born January 28, 1841 and died soon after in her infancy.
  5. David Gummeson, born February 8,1843 in Sandsjo, Socken Kranebergs, Lan Smoland, Sweden, died September 20, 1899 at the age of 56 in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA, was buried in Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, USA.
  6. Infant Gummeson was born on November 9, 1845 and died at 62 in 1907.


The Gummeson family.
David and Christine Gummeson and Family (c. 1893) – back l-r: Gustav Herman Gummeson, Johanna Matilda (Tillie) Gummeson, Ernest Wilhelm Gummeson – middle l-r: David Gummeson (Axel Frederik Gummeson on David’s lap), Frank Elmer Gummeson, Kristine Christina Gummeson (Esther Christine Gummeson on her lap) – front l-r: August Leonard Gummeson, Hilda Caroline Gummeson.

David Gummeson (also spelled Gummesson) was registered as a farm boy living with his sister Elin Gummesdotter and her husband Hakan Svensson at Kroksjoboda Norrgard in Tingsas, Sweden. David’s sister Ingrid Gummesdotter was married to Charles (Carl) Lindstrom. When David was 2 years old, his mother Anna Olafsdotter died on November 9, 1845. His father Gudmund Gumme Svensson died in 1861. On Sep 20 1899, David Gummeson died in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA, age 56. He was buried in Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Balsam lake.

Johanna Matilda Gummeson
Johanna Matilda Gummeson

Christina Nelson lived at Savsjodal near Savsjomala at Hunshult in Urshult. She immigrated to the USA at age 17, subsequently marrying David on December 9, 1876 at age 19, when he was 33. David is shown with his family in the 1880 Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin census as a Farmer. Records show Christina’s postal address of General Delivery, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, USA on December 10, 1917. Christina died June 29, 1931 at 74 on the farm near Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin.  David and Christina had nine children:

  1. Johanna Matilda “Tillie” Gummeson, born November 13, 1877 and died on July 6 or 9, 1948 at age 70.
  2. Ernest Wilhelm Gummeson, born March 27, 1881 and died December 13, 1941 at 60. Ernest worked in the woods in Minnesota for a few winters and also worked on railroad construction for one summer.In the early 1900’s, he homesteaded in North Dakota, about 20 miles southwest of Estevan, Saskatchewan. Ernest was in Cabri in 1912 working for a railroad contractor, hauling water from Miry Creek to the camp east of Shackleton.He was no doubt encouraged to come to Cabri by his brothers who had established themselves there earlier.Ernest was one of the few settlers to ship in carloads of settlers’ effects including horses, cows, machinery, furniture, etc. Those who had arrived before the railroad
    Ernest Gummeson
    Ernest Wilhelm Gummeson

    was built had to haul their belongings from Swift Current or from Gull Lake. In 1913 they homesteaded on the W 1/2 7-19-18. In 1917, he purchased the Southeast of 13-19-19 from Wesley (Mac) McLean. Most of the homestead was broken with horses and a one furrow sulky plow, but the SE of 13 was broken with a large Twin City tractor and a large breaking plow which was owned by brothers Elmer and Herman Gummeson. His first crop in 1914 was a complete failure due to drought. In 1915 there was an extremely good crop, but in 1916, he was completely hailed out.

    Gustav Herman Gummeson
    Gustav Herman Gummeson

    In 1926, the farm was enlarged with the purchase of the Hudson Bay SW 1/4 8-19-18, and in this year Ernest, together with his brothers Axel and August, purchased a Model P Case Combine. In 1927 Ernest sold his share and bought an IHC No. 8 Combine. Ernest and Esther had three children, Walter, Berenice and Mildred. Ernest served on the Cabri School Board and on the  Cabri United Church Board. He died in 1941, at which time Walter took over the farm.

  3. Gustav Herman Gummeson was born July 24 1879 in Balsam Lake, Polk, Wisconsin, USA and died February 14 1935 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
  4. Frank Elmer Gummeson was born on March 22, 1883 in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. He died on January 11, 1941 at the age of 57 in
    Frank Elmer Gummeson
    Frank Elmer Gummeson

    Cabri, Saskatchewan, Canada. It is believed that Elmer also attended school at Shilo. This was confirmed by Cecil. Elmer’s first residence in Cabri was a small wooden structure. He was a member of the Cabri and District Lions Club Board of Directors as Lion Tamer, starting January 29, 1959.

  5. August Leonard Gummeson was born July 30, 1887. He immigrated to Cabri, Saskatchewan from North Dakota with several of his brothers and sisters and their families to farm on homestead properties. August, together with his brothers Axel and Ernest, purchased a Model P Case Combine. This combine had no grain tank, the grain being elevated into a wagon box which was pulled alongside. The tractors at that time did not have enough traction to pull the combine up some of the hills on his farm, so he pulled it with 12 horses. In 1927 Ernest sold his share to buy an IHC No. 8 Combine. August married Bertha Hanson and they
    August Gummeson
    August Leonard Gummeson.

    lived on August’s homestead, which was only a quarter of a mile south of Cabri. Later they moved into town. On November 23, 1930, August and his wife Bertha celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary and their son Merrill’s first birthday. Nels Peterson (a relative) called him the Ninth Wonder of the World, as he had arrived on their 9th Anniversary. Following an illness that some believed to be Typhus, which he contracted from a contaminated well in Saskatchewan, they relocated to    LaGrande, Oregon, USA from Cabri, Saskatchewan after 1922, along with their foster son Cecil, only to return after about a year. They again relocated to  Chilliwack in August of 1936. One can only assume this was again as a result of his health issues. August was a member of the Hospital Complex Construction Committee for Chilliwack Hospital from April 1950 to after 1956. August died on July 2, 1956 at the age of 68 in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.

  6. Hilda Gummeson
    Hilda Caroline Gummeson

    Hilda Caroline Gummeson was born on June 7, 1889 in Polk County, Wisconsin. She married John MacPherson and they lived in Arcata, California, USA, where she died on June 30, 1979 at the age of 90.

  7. Esther Christine Gummeson was born on September 1, 1893 in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. Esther married Alex Stewart in Cabri Sask., (or possibly  Wisconsin) March 20 , 1918 and they had 8 children. She died on November 2, 1963 at the age of 70 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  8. Axel Gummeson
    Axel Gummeson

    Axel Gummeson, born July 15, 1891 in Balsam Lake, Polk, Wisconsin, USA and died November 6, 1962 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. Axel Fredrik Gummeson was born on July 15, 1891 in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. Axel and his wife Ella, along with their son Kenneth, age 10 weeks, left Amery, Wisconsin, USA by train and arrived in Cabri, Saskatchewan on April 21, 1917. They took up residence at the August Gummeson farm on the south edge of town. Several brothers and a sister of Axel had come to Cabri prior to this time. They had four children, Kenneth, Mazel, Axel Stanley who died in infancy, and Helen.In 1928 Axel bought the NE, NW, and SE of 8-19-18 and the NE of 5-19-18 W 3rd. Axel was an avid curler and hunter, an active member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and a founding member of the Cabri Cooperative Association. In 1945, Axel and Ella retired and moved to New Westminster, British Columbia where Axel died November 6, 1962 at 71 after a lengthy illness.

  9. Luther Emanuel Gummeson was born June 22, 1895 in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. Before enlisting for military service on December 10, 1917, he was a Lutheran and a farmer in Vancouver, BC. In June 1918 he was in France. His regimental number was 4080081, he was a Pvt L.E. 7th Battalion of the Canadian (B.E. F.) British Expeditionary Force. He  was 6′ 1 1/8″ in height, with 40″ chest at full expansion, fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair on December 10, 1917.
    Luther Gummeson
    Luther Emanuel Gummeson

    A description of his physicalmarks at the time of Attestation was “two scars left arm at insertion of deltoid. Scar little finger right hand, one left great toe, one upper lip right.” He died on October 22, 1934 at the age of 39 in Beruryn, Alberta, Canada of unknown causes. Rumour had it that his early death was attributed to being gassed during WWI. Before his death, Luther was living in the Peace River area.


  1. August Gummeson tombstone, Cabri Cemetery, Cabri, Saskatchewan, Canada .
  2. 1880 US Census; Gummeson, David; Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin.
  3. ‘Iowa’ Ship’s Roster, 1871; Gummeson, David.
  4. 1910 US Census; Gummeson, Christina; Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin.
  5. Luther Emanuel Gummeson File (Attestation Papers), Archives Canada.
  6. Frank Elmer Gummeson tombstone, Cabri Cemetery, Cabri, Saskatchewan, Canada; Through the Years: History of Cabri and District – Johnson Family; Page 618 (Cabri History Book Committee).
  7. 1910 US Census; Gummeson, Ernest; Gang Creek Township, Williams? County, North Dakota.
  8. Ernest W. Gummeson tombstone, Cabri Cemetery, Cabri, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  9. Informal interviews with various Gummeson family members.
  10. Through the Years: History of Cabri and District – Farm Equipment Operation, Page 24; Chautauqua, Page 39; Hunting, Page 51; Sod Breaking, Page 62; Councillors, Page 70; Dance, Page 75; Credit Union, Page 95; Hospital Board, Page 106-107; Lions Club, Page 113; Orange Lodge, Page 117; Cabri Band Auxiliary, Page 119;   Frank, Page 244-247; Axel and Cecil Gummeson, Page 447-449.


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Originally posted 2017-05-16 12:15:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

My favorite and most used US genealogy research links.


The following is my extensive list of my favorite and most used US genealogy research links. Although the vast majority of these are free, there are a few paid sites included that I do subscribe to – simply because I find them invaluable.


Originally posted 2016-06-23 15:39:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Transcription: War of 1812 US Army Register of Enlistments; Adams


The following text is my transcription of the War of 1812 US Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914, listing some with the surname of Adams.


US Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914, Page 4, 'A's.
US Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914, Page 4.

51:  Adams, Abijah, Private

Organization:  30 US Infy; Captain Spencer; Col. Elias Fasset

Description:  5’10” or 5’9”; blue eyes; brown hair; dark complexion

Age: 28 or 20

Occupation:  Farmer

Birth Place:  Killington or Killingsly, Windham Co., Conn.

Enlistment Date:  Apl 4 1814

Enlistment Place:  Addison or Bridport, Addison Co., Virginia

Enlisted By:  Lt. Myrick

Enlistment Period:  War

Remarks:  D.R. Burlington, Vt. May 31st 1814, M.R. June 30/14, present, Capt. Wm Millers Co. Book 1813 to 1815. Present Dec. 1814 – D.R. Feby 16, JR Burlington, Feby 28, April 30 M.R. June-1815. Present – Certif. dated Plattsburgh, June 15 1815 – Book 555 – Discharged at Plattsburgh or Champlain Station, June 15 1815, term expiered. – See Pension Case.

52:  Adams, Abner, Recruit

Organization:  Recruit; US Arty

Description:  5’10”

Age:  21

Occupation:  ?

Birth Place:  Pepperell Mass, Middlesex Co.

Enlistment Date:  Jun 14 1814

Enlistment Place:  Groton Mass

Enlisted By:  Lt. Hobart

Remarks:  R.R. June  – 1814 –

53:  Adams, Abraham or Abram, Private

Organization:  5 US Regt

Description:  6’2”; blue eyes; dark hair;  fair complexion

Age:  22

Occupation:  Farmer or Carpenter

Birth Place:  Cheraw S.C. Dist

Enlistment Date:  Jul 8 1814

Enlistment Place:  Lancaster S.C.

Enlisted By:  Capt. R. Campbell

Enlistment Period:  5 years

Remarks:  R.R. July 30th 1814 – I.R. Capt. R. Campbell’s Co. Washington City, Feby 11/15, Absent at Bottom Bridge, Va – D.R. & I.R. Capt. Benj. Birdsall’s Co. Belle Fontaine, Dec. 30th 1815, I.R. Feby 29, April 30, June 30, Aug. 31, I.R. & S.A.M.R.. Dec. 31st 1817, & I.R. Feby 28 & April 30th. On command at Belle Fontaine – I.R. & S.A.M.R. Belle Fontaine, Mo. June 30th 1818, Present – sick in [gas] – I.R. Capt. J. McGunnigle’s Co. Aug. 31st 1818, Preseent – I.R. Oct. 31 & Dec. 31st 1818, On furlough – S.A.M.R. Capt. L. Gantt’s Co. Dec. 31st 1818, I.R. Feby 28 & April 20/19. On furlough – Mo. Ret. July 1819, Discharged, July 8th 1819. – Discharged at Franklin, Mo. [Ty], July 3/19, to take effect July 8/19, term expired – See Pension Case.

54:  Adams, Alanson, Private

Organization: 11th US Infy; Cols. Campbell, E.W. Ripley & Moody Bedel

Description:  5’11”;  blue eyes; brown hair; light complexion

Age:  21

Occupation:  Farmer

Birth Place:  Pittsfield Mass.

Enlistment Date:  Jany 28 1813

Enlistment Place:  Burlington Vt.

Enlisted By:  Capt. V.R. Goodrich

Enlistment Period:  Jany 27 1818

Remarks:  Capt. Sam’l Gordon’s Co Book 1813, Mustered in Co. from Lt. V.R. Goodrich’s Co. June 30/13 – M.R. Capt. V.R. Goodrich’s Co. Dec. 30th 1813, Feby 28 & S.A.M.R. June 30/14. Present – M.R. Aug. 30th 1814. In Gen’l Hosp’l, wounded July 25 or 26th 1814 – I.R. Capt. Jno. Bliss’ Co. Sackett’s Harbor, Nov. 1814, I.R. & M.R. Dec. 31st 1814, D.R. Feby 16, I.R. & M.R. Feby 28, & May 15th 1815. Joined Oct. 26th 1814, by consolidation & absent in Hosp’l at Williamsville or Greenbush – I.R. Lt. H. DeWitt’s Co. 6th U.S. Infy, Sackett’s Harbor, June – 1815. Dropped May 11th 1815 – Book 518 – Discharged at Greenbush, March 30th 1815, of wounds – wounded in right knee, at Bridgewater, July 25th 1814 – 11th U.S. Infy was made 6th after May 17th 1815.

54/2:  Adams, Alexander, Private

Organization:  24th US Infy

Enlistment Date:  July 28/12

Enlistment Period:  5 years

Remarks:  M.R. Dec. 31/13, Left sick at Buffalo, since Nov. 30/13 – Died sometime in Dec. 1813 – See Pension Case.

55:  Adams, Alex’r, Private

Organization:  26th US Infy; Capt. Swearingen

Enlistment Date:  July 13 1813

Enlistment Period:  1 year

Remarks:  S.A.M.R. Sackett’s Harbor, Dec. 31st 1813, Present – sick – S.A.M.R. Capt. Kinney’s Co. 25th Infy June 30/14, J’d Feby 28/14, Remarks:  from Capt. Swearingen’s Co. 26th Infy. Discharged June 20/14. Co. Book 1812 to 1814, Died Dec. [5]th 1812.

56:  Adams, Amajiah, Private

Organization: 9th US Infy; Capt. Chester Lyman

57:  Adams, Amos, Private

Organization:  [8th] US Infy; Col. P. Jack

Description:  5’11 ½”; black eyes; black hair; dark complexion

Age:  20

Occupation:  Farmer

Birth Place:  Briar Creek, S.C.

Enlistment Date:  Nov. 22 or 26 1813

Enlistment Place:  Georgia

Enlisted By:  Lt. Gresham

Enlistment Period:  Nov 2[0] 1818

Remarks:  M.R. Jany 31st 1814 Present – I.R. Capt. F.B. Warlay’s Co. Camp Huger, Ga. Nov. 30th 1814, Absent at Savannah sick since Oct. 25th 1814 – I.R. Camp Flournoy, Ga. Jany 10, D.R. Feby 16 & I.R. Camp Flournoy, Ga. Feby 28th 1815. Present – D.R. Lt. J.H. Mallory’s Co. 7th US. Infy Nov. 30th 1815, Present – I.R. & S.A.M.R. Capt. R.H. Bell’s Co., Ft. Hawkins, Ga. Dec. 31st 1815, I.R. Feby 29 & I.R. & S.A.M.R. June 30th 1816. Present – I.R. Capt. J.F. Corbaley’s Co. Ft. Crawford, Aug. 31. Oct. 31, I.R. & S.A.M.R. Dec. 31st 1816, I.R. Feby 28, April 30, I.R. & S.A.M.R. June 30, & I.R. Sept. 1st 1817. Present – I.R. Ft. Scott, Ga. Feby 28th 1818. On command – Orders dated Fort Gadsden, July 3rd 1818. Transferred from 5th to 3rd Co. – I.R. Capt. J. S. Allison’s Co. Ft St Marks, Aug. 31st 1818. Joined by transfer from 5th Co. & on command at Fort Gadsden – I.R. Ft Hawkins, [???] Oct. 31st 1818, Rect’g – I.R., S.A.M.R. & Mo. Ret. Ft St Marks, E. Fla. Dec. 31st 1818. Discharged, Nov. 21st 1818, term expired – 5th US Infy was made 4th after May 17th 1815. – Discharged from Capt Jno. R. Corbaley’s Co. at Fort Hawkins, Nov. 22nd 1818, term expired – See Pension Case.

58:  Addison, Allen B. or Alex B., Ensign

Organization:  [15th] US Infy; Col. Richard Dennis

Remarks:  Mo. Rets. Ft Johnson, SC, April 8, May & June 1814, at Fort Johnson, S.C. on duty, not properly attached to any company – I.R. Capt. Wm A. Remarks:  Blount’s Co. Ft Johnson, SC., Aug. 31, R.R. Sept, Oct 23, I.R. Oct. 31, R.R. & I.R. Dec. 31st 1814 & Roll Jany 22nd 1815. Joined from late Capt. Robeson’s Co. at Ft Johnson – Recruiting in S.C. since Aug. 21st 1814 – I.R. Ft Johnson, S.C. March 28th, & I.R. Capt. Wm Tisdale’s Co. May 1st 1815. Present – I.R. Capt. Wm O. Taylor’s Co. June 30th 1815, Discharged, June 30th 1815 – Borne as 3-Lieut. Aug. 31st 1814 & 2nd Lieut. from Sept. 1814.

59:  Aggus, Abner (Argus, Aggust), Private

Organization:  2nd US Infy; Capt. Robert Purdy

Enlistment Date:  Apl 22 1805

Enlisted By:  Capt. Hooks

Remarks:  Co. Book 1805 to 1807. Present at Pittsburgh, April, 25th 1805 – Capt. Jno. Campbell’s Co. Book. Joined Co. Sept. 24th Remarks:  1805. – Present at Fort Adams, Nov. 8th 1805 & April 24th 1806 – at Natchitoches, Oct. 16th 1806, at New Orleans, Dec. 2[0]th 1806 & April 2nd 1807 – Drummer – Deserted from Mississippi, June 7th 1807 – Tried by Ct Me at N. O. in Capt. Nicholas’ Co. 7th U.S. Infy May 27th 1813. Selling whiskey…


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Originally posted 2017-02-14 10:45:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Creating and safeguarding a digital library of genealogy records and images.


The first consideration when starting to research your genealogy is creating and safeguarding a digital library of genealogy records and images.


Creating and safeguarding a digital library of genealogy records.
The importance of creating and safeguarding a digital library of genealogy records.

I have been a computer user from the day of the old single-use word processors. Therefore, I tend to digitize everything into my own digital library of valuables from family photos, tax documents, bills, bank records, correspondence – and of course, genealogy records, genealogy databases and data.

I’m not a novice. I’m well aware of the pitfalls of relying on a digital library, but I’m as guilty as the next person for procrastination and rationalization.

When it comes to doing the tasks necessary to ensure my genealogy records are secure and permanent, I tend to think, “It’s OK, I’ll do it later.”

There are, however, some very serious pitfalls of putting these things off.

Some of the compelling reasons for digitizing records include:

  • Immediacy of sending genealogy records digitally over the internet.
  • Ease of organization, storage, searching and reproduction.
  • Ability to share family genealogy records between yourself and others.
  • Retain genealogy records in condition at the time of scanning to safeguard against the inevitable ravages of time on physical documents, etc.
  • More and more genealogy records are “born-digital”, never having been in physical form at all.

The digital backup we are used to is not sufficient to safeguard and archive records. The process required includes:

  • Storing with background, technical and descriptive information.
  • Storing records in several locations.
  • Archiving for a very lengthy period of time.
  • Saving genealogy data at a very high resolution.
  • Periodically backing up stored genealogy records to new media to prevent loss of data.
  • Converting file formats and media to new ones to avoid obsolescence.
  • Ensuring access to the digital genealogy records collection.

For my own digital archive storage, I am using a 1 terabyte hard drive and save all important genealogy documents and photos to it. If my sum total of research at this point wasn’t as large as it is, I would use the ‘cloud’ as a backup. But there are limits to the quantity of data it will hold.

All of my original genealogy files and data are on my computer.

I also transfer the files periodically to a new backup using the newest technology and format.

I don’t believe in using CDs, DVDs or even flash drives for permanent storage at all as I’ve had too many fail.

photo credit: Sean MacEntee via photopin cc

Originally posted 2017-01-21 11:25:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

William The Conqueror I, King of England


William The Conqueror I, King of England and 28th great grandfather to my children through their father’s ancestry, was born in  Chateau de Falaise, Normandy, France in 1026 to Robert “le Diable, the Devil” II, Duc de Normandie (999-1035) and Arlette de Falaise (1003-1050), a tanner’s daughter.


As he was the illegitimate son of Robert I and Arlette, he is sometimes called William the Bastard.


Featured image (above): William the Conqueror I, King of England Section from the Bayeux Tapestry showing William with his half-brothers. William is in the centre, Odo is on the left, and Robert is on the right.

William The Conqueror I
William The Conqueror I, King of England

In 1035, when William was approximately seven years old, his father, also known as Robert the Magnificent, died when returning from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Upon Robert’s death, William was accepted as his successor by the Norman nobles and rebellion against Duke William broke out almost immediately.

He managed to secure his position in 1047 when he was victorious over a rebel force near Caen with the help of Henry I, King of France.

Defying a papal ban, William married Matilda of Flanders between 1050 and 1052 (she at approximately 22 years of age) at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Eu, France.

She was an asset to William as she was the daughter of Baldwin V, Count of Flanders and a descendant of King Alfred the Great, thereby strengthening William’s claim to the crown of England.

Robert the Magnificent
Statue of Robert the Magnificent, William’s father, at Falaise, France.

This claim to the throne of England was based upon his assertion that Edward the Confessor, a distant cousin, had promised him the throne and by stating that Harold II had pledged in 1064 to support William’s right to the throne. Furthermore, William was supported by the Emperor Henry IV and had papal approval.

The children borne of the marriage between William and Matilda of Flanders were:

Robert “Curthose” II, Duc de Normandie (1052- )
Richard de Normandie (1054-1075)
Adelaide de Normandie (1055- )
Mathilde de Normandie ( – )
Cecilia de Normandie (1955- )
Guillaume “Rufus” II, King of England (1056-1100)
Constance de Normandie (1057-1090)
Agathe de Normandie (1074-1074)
Adela of England, de Normandie (1066-1138)
Henry “Beauclerc” I, King of England (1068-1135)

In 1063, William was made Comte de Maine.

Harold is killed at Hastings. It's not sure which killing shown reflects the manner in which Harold died.
Harold is killed at Hastings. It’s not sure which killing shown reflects the manner in which Harold died.

In 1064, Harald, Earl of Wessex, was taken prisoner by William after having been shipwrecked on the coast of Normandy.

However, William’s desire for the throne was thwarted when, upon King Edward’s death, the royal council elected Harald as the new King of England.

William was determined to make good on his claim and with Pope Alexander II’s support, Duke William and his forces defeated the English forces during the Battle of Hastings in 1066, during which Harold was killed.

Defeating resistors on his way, William made his way to London, and on Christmas Day of 1066, he was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.

The English were very resentful of foreign rule and he met with strong opposition. In response, vast areas of the country were devastated, including Yorkshire against the Danes, who had arrived to join with the rebels. Having completely quelled opposing forces, William was again crowned King with a papal crown in 1070.

In the years that followed, William defeated rebellions among his Norman followers, including that in 1075, led by Ralph de Guader, 1st Earl of Norfolk, and Roger Fitzwilliam, Earl of Hereford, as well as several uprisings in Normandy led by his own and eldest son Robert, who later became Robert II, Duc de Normandie.

By 1086, the Domesday Book was started by William. He established feaudalism, granting his followers land in return for their pledge of loyalty to the throne.

King William also invaded Scotland, defeating King Malcolm III MacDuncan and forced his loyalty to the throne as well.

Domesday Book Page for Warwickshire.
Domesday Book Page for Warwickshire.

William completed the last months of his reign from Normandy, fighting against King Philip’s annexation of surrounding Norman territory. Prior to his death on 9 September 1087, William divided his ‘Anglo-Norman’ state between his sons. William bequeathed Normandy as he had promised to his eldest son Robert, despite their differences due to Robert wounding and defeating his father while siding with his father’s enemies in Normandy in 1079. His son, William Rufus, gained the throne as King of England, and his third son, Henry, was left 5,000 pounds in silver.

During a battle against King Philip I of France in 1087, William’s forces razed the town of Mantes. Sometime during these proceedings, William’s horse fell, fatally injuring him.

William died in Rouen on September 7, 1087 and he was buried at Abbaye de Sainte-Etienne in Caen on September 9, 1087. Abbaye de Sainte-Etienne had been founded by he and his wife Matilda in recompense for their marriage against the Pope’s wishes.

Abbaye des Hommes (formerly Abbaye de St-Etienne) in Caen, France.
Abbaye des Hommes (formerly Abbaye de St-Etienne) in Caen, France.

His burial place having later been damaged by Huguenots and revolutionaries between the 17th and 18th centuries, the burial place is now marked by a simple stone slab.

(It is interesting to note here that my own Acadian lineage through my mother’s ancestry originates from the French Huguenots settling on the east coast of Canada and the USA in the 17th century to escape persecution for their religious beliefs. Could it be that my own ancestors took part in the desecration of William the Conqueror’s tomb. To this day, the exact link between our Acadian ancestors and the French Huguenots eludes us.)


  • Herbert and Einion Sais links to Blayneys, online.
  • Foundation for Medieval Genealogy online (
  • Directory of Royal Genealogical Data, Brian Tompsett, Dept. of Computer Science, Hull University online,(
  • Ancestry of Richard Plantagenet and Cecily de Neville; Ernst-Friedrich Kraentzler; (: Selp-published, 1978).
  • Lineage and Ancestry of HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; Gerald Paget; (Edinburgh: Skilton, 1977).
  • Dictionary of National Biography, Vols. 1-21; George Smith; (: Oxford Press, 1885-1990).
  • Kings and Queens of England – The Normans, The Royal Family of England online, (; Virginia W. Westergard and Kyle S. Van Landingham, Parker and Blount in Florida (1983).
  • The Magna Carta Sureties, Weis, Frederick Lewis, Th.D.; 1215, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc.), 5th Ed., c1999.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica (: Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., 1997); (
  • The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdon, Extant, Extinct or Dormant (G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard Walden, editors, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I).
  • Burke’s Peerage and Baronetage, 106th Edition; Charles Mosley (1999).
  • Royalty for Commoners; Stuart, Roderick W.; (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 1995).
  • Who’s Who in the Middle Ages; John Fines; (New York: Barnes and Noble Books, 1995).
  • Britannia Online, online (
  • Welsh Origins of the Peverel Family, Ancient Wales Studies online (
  • Wikipedia – Rollo of Normandy; Robert I, Duke of Normandy; Herleva; Robert II de France; Henry I, King of France; Henry I of England; online, (

Originally posted 2016-07-06 12:56:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Forensic Genealogy: Dead men do tell tales.


I tend to use a combination of the more general genealogy research techniques as well as some of those considered to be forensic genealogy.


I didn’t even realize I used these techniques or that there was actually a name for them until I read the following article.


forensic genealogy
In forensic genealogy – dead men do tell tales.

While the Bermuda Triangle is the end of a journey, the Forensic Genealogy Research Triangle represents the beginning of an ancestral research journey.

History, Geography, and DNA create the perfect equilateral triangle of forensic research. If you must supply documentation for a legal case that requires source citations or written reports, you are now entering the world of forensic genealogy.

When I set out to research this article, I was a tad surprised to see forensic genealogy described as a “modern” approach to family research, as though it were invented yesterday. The practice has been around for quite some time. Only recently has it gotten a sexy name and the respect and appreciation it deserves.

I have heard forensic genealogy described as “the study of kinship and identity as it pertains to the law.”

That’s a good definition, but I prefer professional genealogist Megan Smolenyak’s description – “reverse genealogy” – because in many forensic cases, you begin with the deceased and you look for the living, compared to conventional genealogy, which usually starts with the living and looks for the deceased. (Ms. Smolenyak is the author of Trace Your Roots with DNA.)

A lot of forensic research is figured out by available documentation with science and technology mixed in. The three most important sources of this area of study are:

  1. Photo analysis
  2. Database mining
  3. DNA analysis


Research Formula


Forensic techniques + conventional research = forensic genealogy


In other words, forensic genealogy takes the facts discovered by conventional genealogy and weaves them together to give you an entire picture. It is a relatively modern approach to family research for the legal profession and law enforcement. I’ve heard it referred to as “CSI Meets Roots.”

One of the most common uses for forensic genealogy is to locate missing heirs to estates. This is not a new practice. In fact, Laurie Thompson, a highly respected former Regent of a New York City Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapter, provided genealogy research to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, in addition to finding next of kin, for more than 40 years. She didn’t have the luxury of online databases; she did it the hardcopy way. The answer to a case may be found in a city directory or in hospital or cemetery records. So “high-tech” is not necessary in forensic genealogy, but it sure does help. Where the high-technology comes in handy is with the DNA testing; but in the end, the science must be supported by the analyses of photos and documents.

A short list of areas that are served by forensic genealogy includes:

  • Probate and estate cases
  • Guardianship cases (next of kin)
  • Civil pension, Social Security, or veteran benefits
  • Land issues


Experts in the Field


Colleen Fitzpatrick


Fitpatrick is described as a “real-life CSI detective who has helped crack the most compelling mysteries of our time.” Currently, she is a consulting genealogist for the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL).

Boasting a PhD in nuclear physics, as well as an MS in physics from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Colleen Fitzpatrick founded her own high-tech optics company (Rice Systems) in her garage. She subsequently contracted with NASA, the US Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Science Foundation, as well as other civil and government agencies.

Fitzpatrick is the author of several best-selling books on genealogy, including Forensic Genealogy, which is considered “The Reference” for the entire profession. Dick Eastman, renowned genealogist and host of his own website Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, highly recommends her book. Other books by Fitzpatrick include DNA and Genealogy (2005) and Dead Horse Investigation: Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone, among others.


Dee Dee King


An expert in the field of forensic genealogy, Dee Dee King serves on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG); a professional business league. The Council’s website offers valuable research resources, including links to probate codes, bar associations, state rules of evidence, genealogist/attorney relationships, and more. The Council also offers classes, and those who pass the course receive a Forensic Genealogy Institute Certificate of Completion.

Forensic genealogy in short is research, analysis, and reporting in cases with legal implications. It’s mining for research gold, using creative resources outside the realm of conventional genealogy research. It is applying scientific processes to traditional research to arrive at an answer. It is the dead speaking from the grave… “where are you?” Do you hear dead people speaking? If you do, forensic genealogy may be for you.



Originally posted 2016-12-04 07:02:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Obituary for Lucia Lehouillier (Boily), 1908-2000.

Obituary for Lucia Lehouillier (Boily).



Lucia (Boily)

Au CHSLD de Ste-Hénédine, le 8 septembre 2000, à l’âge de 92 ans, est décécée dame Lucia Boily, epouse de feu Donat Lehouillier. Autrefois de Ste-Marguerite, elle demeurait à Ste-Hénédine. Les funérailles auront leu lundi le 11 septembre à 11 heures. Départ du funérarium de la salle municipale à 10 heures 45 pour l`église de Ste-Marguerite, et de la, au cimetière paroissial. La direction des funérailles a été confiée à la

Maison Funéraire

Nouvelle Vie Inc.

Obituary for Lucia Lehouillier (Boily) (1908-2000)
Obituary for Lucia Boily (1908-2000).


261, rue St-Thomas


La famille recevre les condoléances au funérarium de la salle municipale, 235, rue St-Jacques, Ste-Marguerite: Dimanche le 10 septembre de 19 heures à 22 heures, lundi, jour des funérailles, à compter de 9 heures. Elle laisse dans le seuil ses enfants : feu Lucien (Jeannine Bois), Armand (Yolande Trachy), Maurice (Margot Rhéaume), ses petits-enfants; elle était la soeur de feu Émile (feu Blanche Maheu), feu Léo (feu Yvonne Bisson), feu Régina (feu Honorius Lagrange), feu Marie-Anna (feu Camil Vachon), feu Alida (feu Antonio Turmel), feu Émilien (Gisèle Arsenault), feu Aurèle (feu Annette Fontaine), Carmelle (feu Émile Ferland), feu Clermont (Thérèse Breton), Angeline (feu Aurèle Turmel), feu Paul (Claire Girard); elle laisse également dans le deuil plusieurs beaux-frères, belles-soeurs, neveux, nièces, cousins, cousines et de nombreux amis. Pour renseignements : téléphone : (418) 387-4400  Fax : (418) 387-3511.


The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.

Originally posted 2015-08-25 13:56:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Transcription: Crandall Family burial site memorial marker.


The following is my transcription of the Crandall Family burial site memorial marker of Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. The graveyard is located at Pound Road, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island.


Reverend John Crandall was the 8th great grandfather to my children through his first wife.


Featured image: Crandall Family Burial Ground, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island.


Ancestral Burial Site


Crandall Burial Site
Crandall Burial Site memorial marker.

Elder John Crandall 1st Wife Died 1669
1647 Hannah Gaylord 2nd Wife 1678

1753 John Crandall after 1819
Rev. War Veteran
1755 Anna Gradner Wife

Tombstone of Reverend John Crandall
Tombstone of Reverend John Crandall.

Esther Lewis Crandall Lydia Saunders Crandall

1738 Lewis Crandall 1830 John G. Crandall
1790 Hannah Crandall Lizzie Primus
1793 Joshua Crandall

erected by the
30 May 1994




c.1609 – 1676


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Originally posted 2016-12-09 13:35:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Transcription: Draft Board Delinquents, Arlington Heights Herald, January 29, 1943

Following is the transcription of a newspaper article listing draft board delinquents printed in the Arlington Heights Herald on January 29, 1943.


Blythe, Clayton William - 1943 Newspaper
Blythe, Clayton William – 1943 Newspaper

Arlington Heights Herald

Volume 16, Number 23

Friday, January 29, 1943


List more delinquents of draft board

The following men, registered with Selective Service Local Board No. 1, are classified as suspected delinquents. Any person whose name appears upon the list should report immediately to this board, for correction of records. Failure to do so will cause the board to turn the name over to the United States Attorney for investigation.

John Paul Gasior, 255 N. Brockway, Palatine, Ill.

Walter Wilbert Simila, 634 Brainard st., Detroie, Mich.

John Jack Greschner, 33 N. W. 9th st., Miami, Florida.

Fred Edward Weaver, R. 1, Elgin, Ill.

Robert Loyd Wilt, Wheeling, Ill.

Peter Bose, Bartlett, Ill.

Walter Ladislaw Simo, Box 31, Clearfield, Utah.

Richard Eugene Mosher, General Delivery, Milton Jct., Wisc.

Herman Henry Kleeberg, R. 1, Box 2707, Des Plaines, Ill.

Clayton William Blythe, Palatine rd., Box 471, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Stephan Fritz, R. 1, Roselle, Ill.

Paul August Peske, R. 1, c/o Magnus, Arlington Heights, Ill.

George F. H. Rieckenberg, 3960 Elston ave., Chicago, Ill.

Roy E. Wilson, 502 S. Wapella ave., Mt. Prospect, Ill.

Martin Edward Nelson, R. 4, Elgin, Ill.

Thomas Parker, R. 1, Box 153, Dundee, Ill.

Herbert David James, R. 2, Otis rd., Barrington, Ill.

Ed. W. Hayes, R. 2, Palatine, Ill.

Carl Mendelsky, Karsten Farm, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Henry Mores Johnson, 15 N. State st., Elgin, Ill.

Joseph J. Hajny, R. 4, Box 4298, Elgin, Ill.

Joe Lapsansky, R. 1, Bartlett, Ill.


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Originally posted 2016-08-09 07:28:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Editorial: Better grasp of history can aid dicussion on race

By The Herald Editorial Board

We’re betting that more than a few of our readers might be a little hazy on the significance of Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19 and marking a significant step in the end of slavery in the United States.
On more than a few points of American history, many Americans, including your author, are in need of a refresher course or two from time to time.
The Juneteenth date doesn’t represent the day that President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect; that’s Jan. 1, 1863; or when the 13th Amendment was adopted and officially ended slavery nationwide on Dec. 18, 1865.
The day it celebrates is specific to Texas; June 19, 1865, marks the arrival of U.S. Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and his troops in that state with orders to free those still enslaved there. As Afi-Odelia Scruggs, an independent journalist writing recently for The Washington Post explains, following the end of the Civil War, as Union troops retook territory across the South, they emancipated those still held as slaves in the former Confederate states. In fact, the last slaves to be freed in the U.S. were held in Northern states, such as Kentucky and Delaware, and weren’t freed until the 13th Amendment’s adoption.

Scruggs further explains that Juneteenth celebrations haven’t been consistently celebrated over the last 155 years, largely driven underground during the Jim Crow era when segregation made observation of the unofficial holiday difficult, if not dangerous, to observe.

Source: Editorial: Better grasp of history can aid dicussion on race

5 ways to find out more about your ancestors.


You would think, since we live in a digital age, we would be more in touch with exactly who we are and where our families came from. There was a time when most UK and western families were comprised of Britons who could trace their lineage back countless generations. Such is the case with our family.


Those days are quickly fading into obscurity as more and more people travel the globe and emigrate to new countries, perhaps many times in their lifespan.


Are you looking to trace your family tree? You can find out more about your ancestors using these 5 handy tips.

(Featured image above: Lincolnshire Regiment, WWI.)


1.   Start with your own immediate family.


Family portrait from the mid to late 60's with us girls in coordinating outfits hand made by Mom.
My immediate family portrait from the mid to late 60’s with us girls in coordinating outfits hand made by Mom, c. 1967. (That’s me third from the left, just behind my Mom.)

Sometimes Mom and Dad know more than they’ve shared with you.

Perhaps you were too young and they didn’t think you’d be interested, or they were just too busy with the everyday affairs of raising a family.

Start with your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. They might have clues you could easily follow up on!


2.   Search photo albums and scrap books.


Search photo albums and scrapbooks.

This is another tip you could use right in your own home. Start checking out the family photo albums and scrap books. These might hold clues to ‘unknown’ ancestors you never knew existed.

Sometimes families keep mementos through countless generations and these might hold the real key to your ancestry!


3.   Research driving records.


Traffic Violator

Whoever would have thought that learning to drive a car would be a way in which some long-lost relative could find you in their family tree?

As you are preparing to take your driving theory test and are making use of online practice tests, just think about how important this might be one day. Not only will passing your driving theory enable you to go on to the practical exam, but some day, that driving licence just might put you in touch with a distant cousin you might never have met otherwise.

They may have more information on ancestors you want to record in your genealogy.


4.   Online resources and genealogy chat rooms.


Genealogy chat rooms.

One really useful site that many searching their ancestry use is an online chat room at Genes United. Here you can chat with others, post messages that you are looking for a specific branch of the family, or simply talk to others about how they are proceeding in their search.

Other important genealogy research sites are the GenUKI group of sites and the UK GenWeb, Canada GenWeb and the US GenWeb sites, which provide valuable information, tips and hints, and also a ton of links to other valuable resources and sites.


5.   Join a family history society.


Federation of Family History SocietiesThere are a number of family history societies that you might like to join. Some are small local sites while others have a huge online presence.

Certain church affiliations put a great deal of emphasis on ancestry, so you might find a family history society in your local church as well.

Whether you find information from driving records or from relatives you find online in chat rooms, there are so many ways in which to conduct a search that were never available in previous generations. In fact, there are even DNA testing sites that can tell you if you are a ‘blue blood’ or of mixed ancestry.

The key is to be persistent and record, chart and document everything you learn. There are numerous free or inexpensive software programs that make this easy, leading you through step by step.

Before long, you may even be able to trace your lineage back to the Middle Ages.

Wouldn’t that be fun?

Originally posted 2016-05-18 11:43:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Transcription: Obituary for Leonard Scott Keefer of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Obituary for Leonard Scott Keefer


obituary for Leonard Scott Keefer.
Obituary for Leonard Scott Keefer.


Scott Keefer died at his home in this city last Saturday morning about nine o’clock, aged 73 years, 3 months and 12 days.

While his health had been failing gradually for the last two or three years, it was not until about New Year, when he had a severe attack of la grippe, that it was felt there was any cause for worry. He did not seem to recover from the effects of this attack, and about ten days prior to his death he took a serious turn for the worse, and continued in a critical condition until death occurred Saturday morning from heart failure.

Mr. Keefer had been a resident of Dell Rapids for nearly thirty years, having been a grain buyer until he retired a few years ago. He was born in Paynesville, Ohio, December 6th, 1812. When he was eight years old he moved with his parents to Wisconsin, where he resided until about 33 years ago, when he came to Egan, Dakota, to take charge of a grain elevator. While a resident of Egan he was a member of the Masonic fraternity and also an active member of the Methodist church, of which he was treasurer and a leader.

After leaving Egan he was located at Flandreau for a time and then came to Dell Rapids, where he has since resided.

He was a veteran of the civil war, having enlisted as a member of Co. H. First Minnesota Heavy Artillery, at St. Paul, February 8th, 1865, and served in Tennessee until the close of the war, being discharged Sept. 27, 1865. He was an active member of the G.A.R.

He had been married twice, the last time to Miss Anna Qualseth, in 1892, who with four sons and one daughter survive him. There are also a son and a daughter of his first marriage, W. S. Keefer, of Rozellville, Wis., and Mrs. Cora Gaske, of Beaver Dam, Wis., both of whom, and the latter accompanied by her husband, are here to attend the funeral.

The children here are Leonard, Harry, Dewey, Annie May and Geddy.

Mr. Keefer was widely known and was universally esteemed for his kindly ways and disposition, his public spirit and good citizenship.

The funeral was held Wednesday, at the home at 1:30, and at the M. E. church at 2 o’clock, Rev Black conducting the service, which was largely attended.


We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who so kindly assisted us in the sickness and death of our dear husband and father; for the beautiful floral offerings and to the old soldiers and choir and to Rb. Black, of the Methodist church, for his words of cheer and comfort.

Mrs. L. F. Keefer and Children.


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Originally posted 2016-08-19 20:44:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Who is a historian

Major General GD Bakshi at an event in New Delhi (Express File Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

By Navneet Sharma

“If history and science has taught us anything, it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth.” — E O Wilson

Those who don the historian’s hat are expected to unearth, collect and present facts which make a coherent and cogent narrative. A historian also must have historical sensibility and historical mind. Though history is known as story of the past, yet it is not a story, but a re-construction of the past based on evidences and sources.

Before going into the appreciation of historical sensibility and historical mind of G D Bakshi and the invitation extended to him as historian by the vice chancellor of the university, one should acknowledge that the students and faculty of Centre for Historical Studies, JNU have issued press releases distancing themselves from the organisation of this event.

Source: Who is a historian

What Juneteenth means to my Black Jewish family

I have always been interested in genealogy, but having children made me more invested than ever in unearthing my family’s stories. I wanted to show my children what “biracial” really meant, piecing together their father’s Scottish and Russian Jewish ancestry with my Black Arkansas and San Francisco roots.

At the same time, I felt the need to bolster what “Black” really meant. My husband could point to the specific villages his forebears left behind. How far back could I trace my own, formerly enslaved, ancestors?

Once I tried to trace my mother’s family back to specific plantations. For those who don’t know, the best way to do this is to compare census records with the family wills of slave owners because they often mentioned slave names in their wills. A lover of research, I happily immersed myself in a scanned antebellum document, deciphering the copper-plate handwriting.

Source: What Juneteenth means to my Black Jewish family

Transcription: 1564 will of Thomas Blyth of Louth, Lincolnshire.

The following is  my transcription of the 1564 will of Thomas Blyth of Louth, Lincolnshire, England.

In the name of God Amen.

The xxvijth Daye of ffebruary in the year of our Lord God a thousand five hundreth sixtie and four I Thomas Blyth of Louth ??????? draper ???? in boddie and parfecte in remembrance doth ordaine and maketh my laste will and testamente in manner and form following. First I bequeath my soule to God almightie my only creator and ?????? and my boddie to be buried in the Church or Churchyarde ?????? ?? shall please God to call me to I give and bequeath to the pore people of sssssss sssss shilings and ?????? pence. ???? give to ye poore people of Thorneton three shillinge and ?????? pence.

Item I give to the poore people of O??ersby five shillinge. Then I give to the reper????? of the Cathedrill Churche in Lincolne si? pence.

Item I give and bequeath to Elizabeth my wife fortie pounds with than half parte of my household and my new cupboard in the ????? parlor only ??????.

Item I give and bequeath to Edward John William and Jonathan, my sonnes to ???? out of them twentie pounts. And if it please God that any of my sonnes decease before they be of the age of xxj yeres, than my will is that the parte or parts of them for deceased shalbe evenly divided amongest the bretheren that livest.

Item my will and my ??? is that Edward Blyte my sone shalbe kept three yeres at Lo?oth or some other good scoole of my ????, and if his ?????? think it be apte to take l???ing, than my will is that he shall goe to Cambridge for ??? yeres his twentie poundes will disthan?e ??ym.

Item I give and bequeath to Elizabeth and Grace my daughters either of them twentie poundes, and if either of them dye before they be married, then my will is that her parte that is dis????ed be equally divided betwixt Edward Blyth and John my sonnes, and the daughter that lyveth. And if they both dye, than my will is that my foure sonnes aforesaide shall have it ????? ??????? them.

Item I bequeath to Catheren my daughter fortie pounds and my will is that George South shall have the order of her, to before as he shall ??????? mete for her proffitt.

Item I doe require my brothers George South, Patrick Blyte and Will Blyth to be helpers and aff??????? to myne Executor in all his needes and ?????? and for these payments I doe give ????? ????? of them one olde ??yere.

Item I doe require and ????????? ? ????? ??????? to be the supervisor of this my last will and for yis payment I doe give hym fortie shillings.

Item I give and bequeath to my younge master William after fortie shillings and I ???? ?????? requiring hym to be good in???? my ?????????? children the residue of all my goodes my debts payed and funerall expense deducted I give and bequeath to Thomas Blyth my oldest sonne, ??????? ?????? the sole Executor of this my last will and testament provided alwayes that if uppon the ???? of my goods my debts beinge payede and my funerall expense deducted, that it shall appe?? that myne Executors ?????? shall not amounte to the ??ere valu of fortie poundes then my will is ???? ??????? my daughter shall abate of her legacie before written to the valu of f????? poundes and every childe to abbate for morhe of theire portons at the saide ?????ing ? ????? my ???? ?????? ?onth shall declare equally by theire dis????ons. ?oe that my full meaning is that my Executors parte shalbe fortie poundes. And my will and mynde further is that my saide Executor shall not declare noe will uppon my goods that were myne during three yeres ???? ????ing this present daye except he be married.

And then if it shall soe come to passe that myne E????? shall disease within the saide three yeres, then my will is that ??????? my saide wife, yf the ?? ???ing shalbe the sole Eecutrix sholde have had ??? ?? ha?? lyved, the saide three yeres ???? whereas I am indebted ?oute the children of my late brother Thomas ??????? in certaine somes of monney my mynde and will is that forte poundes thereof shalbe payed on to the handes of the saide George South ymmediatly after my disease, uppon ? dis??????? and the rest to be payed within three yeres, if they per????? any ?????????? in my saide Executor and yf my saide Supervisor and my brother So??the think my saide Executor to ?????? in  his fulfillment, then they be theire dis??????? to ta?? ????? as my saide brother ?????????? children maye be affirmed uppon theire ???? ymmediatly. In Witnes hereof onto this, my last will and testamente I have subscribed my name with my ????? hande in the presense of Thomas Otleye, Davide Johnson, Lawrence Troydall, and Willm Baylye, and Christofer Willinson ????? George So??the provided always, that yf it shall fort??? either that my wife shall marry, or my sonne Thomas to marrie, or that they cannot ????? that then and ymmediatly after ????? marriage or disagreemente that my wife shall have my lease of my farme in ???saye for the terme of ten yeres that ?? ???????? ????????? hath promised me in the same.

Probatum (continues in Latin… unable to read or translate)

Transcription of the 1564 will of Thomas Blyth of Louth, Lincolnshire, England.
Transcription of the 1564 will of Thomas Blyth of Louth, Lincolnshire.



As you can see by the strings of question marks above, I had trouble transcribing several words. If you know any of the missing words or phrase, please do comment with them and I’ll update the transcription.

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It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.

Irish Genetic Homeland Finder: Ancestry by DNA, place names, surnames.

The Irish Genetic Homeland Finder website is taking advantage of Ireland being the one country that preceded all others in using paternal surnames, by using the surnames as well as DNA and geographical place names in pinpointing direct male ancestry for approximately 1,000 years.
Irish Genetic Homeland Finder: Ancestry by DNA
Irish Genetic Homeland Finder traces Irish Ancestry using DNA, place names, and surnames.

This is an interactive site available to anyone who may be curious about their Irish surname, or those interested in more detailed research into Irish surnames that appear in their family tree.

Registration for this site is free and the first six queries are free, although there are fees applied on a pay as you go basis for additional queries.

All that is necessary is to input your surname(s) of interest to find locations where farmers with that surname cluster, in addition to place names and castles associated with the surname(s). Once the search button is pressed, it is possible to zoom within the interactive map to find known areas of concentrations of the names.

This works particularly well in Ireland because original farming families of a particular surname can still be found farming the lands of their ancestors. Those farmers also used their name in naming places they lived and castles they built, owned and passed on through their families.

If there is more than one Irish surname in one’s ancestry, it is possible to input all surnames and find locations where the highest concentration of each surname can be compared and finding likely places where both surnames coexisted.

Searches can be saved to avoid ever having to pay for the same search twice.

When examined in conjunction with an ancestral DNA test, it is possible to achieve a much more detailed and precise result. The DNA test can help to reveal surnames of ancestors and neighbors up to about 1,000 years ago.

I don’t have much Irish ancestry, but I’m sure this site could be hugely valuable to those whose Irish ancestry is more significant.

photo credit: George L Smyth via photopin cc

Thousands of photos from Washington and Oregon are now indexed and available.

This is the kind of news I love to hear. More records are being made available to genealogists and researchers – in this case photos from Washington and Oregon!

In all my thirteen years researching genealogy, both for myself and others, I’ve found that there is no feeling like that of discovering long lost photos (at least to me). I have managed to find photos by browsing other researchers’ and family websites and museum archives, through emailing other researchers, and through contact from commenters on my own blogs.

Photos from Washington and Oregon.
Photos from Washington and Oregon.

Although it is unlikely that I would find any photos relevant to my research because of the geographic location, it is of note that the Washington State Genealogical Society has recently announced that they are making available a photo collection indexed with over 65,000 names. These photos were taken by three Washington and Oregon photographic studios.

Although the sets are identified by only the person paying at the time, other names of those in the photos were frequently noted by the photographer and all of these names are indexed.

The photos in the collection are identified by type:

  • Family
  • Family gathering
  • Couple
  • Wedding
  • Individual
  • High school
  • Church
  • Military
  • Business
  • Organization

Check out thee searchable indexes and if any of those indexed are of interest, just contact the Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology by telephone at 509-943-9000 or by email to

Transcription – Civil War letters of Pte. David Coon now completed.

I’m very happy to say I have finally completed the transcription of the 100+ pages of letters from Pte. David Coon to his family during his time of service and his capture and imprisonment by Confederate forces in Libby Prison and then Salsbury Prison, where he died late in 1864.

I do apologize for taking so long, but it was a great deal of work and had to be done when I could find time amid my responsibilities updating and maintaining my four blogs and my daily responsibilities as a wife and mother of two young adults.

I have divided the transcription into individual website pages containing 10 pages of letters each. The pages can be easily scrolled through using the page navigation links at the bottom of each web page.

This is a treasured artifact of our family. We do not hold the original letters, but we do have an original typed transcription of the letters completed in 1913 (interestingly enough, 100 years old as of this year) by David’s son Dr. John W. Coon.

My Signature

Transcription: In Memoriam for Jean X. Roy.

The following is my transcription of the In Memoriam for Jean X. Roy upon his death.

Jean-Xavier Roy Memorial
‘In Memoriam’ for Jean-Xavier Roy.

In loving Memory of

Jean X. Roy

Died December 21, 1979


O GENTLEST Heart of Jesus ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory have mercy on the soul of Thy departed servant. Be not severe in Thy judgment but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames and do Thou O Merciful Savior send Thy angels to conduct Thy departed servant to a place of refreshment, light and peace.

J. N. Boufford and Sons Inc.


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It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.