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Get the most from the Google Goldmine for Genealogy | BYU

James Tanner of Brigham Young University Library (BYU) teaches us how to use the all features google has to offer to help you do your family history using the Google Goldmine for Genealogy. With this advice, you can make the most of and get the greatest results from all of your genealogy and ancestry research …

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Prince George County Sign

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Henry Batte, dated 1727.

Batte Her. ????? his Will In the Name of God Amen, I, Henry Batte of Prince George County of Virga, being weak in Body but of perfect sense and memory, praise be Almighty God, do Will Make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament ????? witnesses and friends followeth Imprimes. I give and bequeath …

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Archaeologists find ancient ‘comics’ decorating Roman tomb in Jordan | Haaretz.com

Archaeologists in Jordan have uncovered a Roman-era tomb decorated with spectacular frescoes that include rudimentary “comics” – which were written in Aramaic using Greek letters. The drawings provide extraordinary testimony to the diverse and cosmopolitan environment in the Hellenistic border towns of the Roman empire. Like other wondrous archaeological discoveries, the nearly 2,000-year-old burial was unearthed by chance …

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Secret son: Mum was a Catholic nun and Dad was a priest

Secret son: Mum was a Catholic nun and Dad was a priest | Newcastle Herald

JOHN Smith’s* mother was a nun, his father was a priest, and their very Catholic secret about the baby they gave up for adoption would have gone with them to the grave except for DNA, science and Ancestry.com. Mr Smith has added his voice to calls for the Catholic Church to make celibacy voluntary for clergy and end the “trauma and …

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Old Upper Springfield Meeting House and Burial Ground, New Jersey.

Transcription: Sarah Biddle (Shreve), Last Will and Testament of 31 Aug 1807.

388 [. . .] Sarah Biddle’s Will. Be it remembered that I, Sarah Biddle of the township of Springfield, in the County of Burlington, and State of New Jersey, widow, being in a weak state of body, but, through Divine favour, of sound mind and memory do make and publish this for my last will …

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Don't whitewash history

Don’t whitewash history | Sundre Roundup

I chose to publish an excerpt to this letter to the editor of the Sundre Roundup because of how well the author described exactly how I feel. Removing statues, plaques and other commemorations of historical figures makes it too easy to forget mistakes of the past, in addition to remembering the true achievements.  WE MUST …

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Did your Ancestry.com DNA results change dramatically? Here’s why | CBC News

Some customers saw as much as a 10 to 20 per cent change to DNA results. Some Ancestry customers who have taken the DNA test, which involves spitting in a tube, may have noticed a dramatic change in their results. When Katy Jean of Dartmouth, N.S., sent in a sample of her DNA to Ancestry.com a …

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Likely birthplace of Henry VII found in Pembroke Castle | The Guardian

A dig in the castle’s grounds has uncovered the walls of a ‘showy’ late medieval house. Archaeologists believe they have identified the exact site of Henry VII’s birth in 1457 after excavations in the grounds of Pembroke Castle in Wales uncovered the remains of a massive medieval mansion worthy of one of the most famous kings …

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Photograph types can help date relatives.

Photograph types can help date relatives.

We often have to identify and date old family photographs by examining the materials they were made from. Here are some of the earliest types of photographs. The daguerreotype was invented by Louis Daguerre in 1839, and made use of a thin metal plate, usually copper, which had been coated with a polished silver solution. …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 15 Sep 2018

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 15 Sep 2018.

Most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 15 Sep 2018. Featured image: Naples, Italy FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 15 Sep 2018.   Argentina Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975 Australia Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940 Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923 Belgium Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 Brazil Brazil, …

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Genealogy goldmine Church of Ireland Parish Registers to go online.

Genealogy goldmine Church of Ireland Parish Registers to go online.

Does your Irish family have links to the Church of Ireland? You could find out more about their past with the help of soon-to-be digitized records. One of the wonders of the digital age is how the ability to digitize records has made it easier than ever to explore your genealogy no matter where in …

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Hundreds of crimes will soon be solved using DNA databases.

Hundreds of crimes will soon be solved using DNA databases.

CeCe Moore’s company has been helping police departments solve cold cases by uploading crime-scene DNA to public genealogy databases. Suspects in hundreds of unsolved murders and rapes will be identified using public DNA databases in the near future, a prominent genealogist predicted during MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference today. CeCe Moore, head of a genealogy unit …

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13,000 year old brewer discovered in Israel | Ancient Origins

A new study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports suggests beer brewing practices existed in the Eastern Mediterranean over five millennia before the earliest known evidence, discovered in northern China . In an archaeological collaboration project between Stanford University in the United States, and University of Haifa, Israel, archaeologists analyzed three stone mortars …

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How the Papaschase band is fighting to be recognized as an official First Nation

‘I can feel my ancestors…’ says Lorna Dyck of the Papaschase Band.

How the Papaschase band is fighting to be recognized as an official First Nation. For Mill Woods homeowner Lorna Dyck, the history of Papaschase First Nation is all around her. Eighty pages outlining her family tree, dating back to the 1700s, sit on her living room table, along with a pamphlet from the First Nation …

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Think of each generation as a single swing of the pendulum of time.

Think of each generation as a single swing of the pendulum of time.

Each generation is a single swing of the pendulum of time, where over time the extremity of reaction is diminished until a balance is reached. Throughout history, the faults, foibles and mistakes of living experienced by one generation were over-compensated for by the following generation. This effect appears to happen because of the “hindsight is …

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Historical research tips for historians researching family trees | History Extra

Historical research tips for historians researching family trees | History Extra

1 Establish some research questions Conducting historical research will be much easier if it is directed towards some clear and realistic objectives. One way to define these objectives is to establish some questions that your research will help answer. These questions can take different forms, but they should narrow your field of vision and provide …

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Archaeology dig at police facility site uncovers clues of early Salem.

Archaeology dig at police facility site uncovers clues of early Salem.

If you’ve driven past the future home of Salem Police headquarters recently, you may have noticed a crew wearing orange safety vests, digging in designated areas, and sifting through buckets of dirt. A team of archaeologists — both professional and aspiring — are in the middle of an excavation and data recovery mission on what …

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Interactive family tree shows how Europe’s monarchs are related.

Thanks to a history of intermarriage, Europe’s royal families are all tied to each other in some way. For instance, Queen Elizabeth II is third cousins with most of Europe’s monarchs, including Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Margrethe II of Denmark, and former Belgian ruler Albert II. To explore how the monarchies are connected, Expedia …

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Start your genealogical journey today.

Start your genealogical journey today.

Have you ever wondered about your ancestors? Where they came from? When they arrived in Canada? What happened to them? If you have, you are not alone, which is why so many online genealogy companies are popping up. The problem for many people, however, is that finding this information can be a very costly endeavour, …

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PeopleLegacy.com goes live with millions of new gravesite records.

PeopleLegacy.com goes live with millions of new gravesite records.

UPDATE: I received numerous notifications from readers to inform me that this company is under review for unethical practices by copying and watermarking images that belong to Find A Grave and its contributors – claiming them as its own. As soon as I hear what the outcome is, I’ll let you know.   MIAMI (PRWEB) …

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The treacherous Passchendaele ground was an enemy itself | CBC Archives

Passchendaele battle was a treacherous slough of mud and muck, and an enemy in itself. This November 11, 2018, marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. The 1917 Battle of Passchendaele, which took place during the Third Battle of Ypres, was, for the Canadian Corps, one of the most bloody and …

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Philadelphia historian who holds deed to first ‘White House’ wants to sell vast collection

PHILADELPHIA – An unusual gift from a friend decades ago sparked an interest in James Reis that turned into a 30-year treasure hunt. A friend gave him a mid-19th century land title. The gift, he said, “was like artwork.” It piqued his interest, and he embarked on a years-long effort to unravel the mysteries of …

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How Shropshire’s hidden history has been uncovered by the long hot summer

A number of hidden burial mounds, farms and camps in Shropshire, which have been hidden for hundreds of years, have come to light following the long hot summer. Grant-funding from Historic England has enabled Shropshire Council’s Historic Environment Team to carry out four wide-ranging reconnaissance flights, to take advantage of the conditions to identify and …

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ABOUT THIS SITE...

  Empty Nest Ancestry is a partner site with Blythe Genealogy

  I'm a wife and mother, with a wonderful husband and two great 'kids' who are now young adults, and we live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada - in the great city of Chilliwack, to be exact (one hour from Vancouver).

  Empty Nest Ancestry is a website designed to make all of my genealogy research available to others at no charge. I'd like nothing better than to promote this as a free exchange of information for all genealogy researchers.

  It is important to keep in mind as you explore this site that I make no guarantees. My entire body of research is here, including speculations and unsubstantiated information. All information is only as good as the sources cited. Any speculations are clearly stated along with my reasons for them.

  

MY FAMILY HISTORY

  My family's genealogy is mostly French and French Canadian.

  Originating in France, both my father's and mother's branches were original settlers in Canada.My father's family immigrated from France to Quebec sometime in the 17th century, with my father's family living mostly around Beauce and Lac Megantic.

  My mother's family immigrated from France to Nova Scotia on the ship 'Satisfaction' under command of Peter Butler and in company of Sir Thomas Temple in 1657. These original settlers along the Atlantic became known as l'Acadie (the Acadians). My mother's maiden name is Melanson and she is directly descended from Pierre (dit Laverdure) and Priscilla Mellanson, who are on record in London with their children prior to making the crossing.

  

MARK'S FAMILY HISTORY

  Mark's family's genealogy is varied and fascinating, including Welsh, French, British, Swedish, Danish, Canadian, Spanish, and numerous others.

  On his father's side it includes Welsh Quakers who immigrated to America at the time of and some with William Penn. From these Welsh Quakers is his family's royal connections with several of his multiple great grandparents having been Kings and Queens of England. As a result of the royal lineage, his family is linked to every nation that ever married into the British royal family.

  On his mother's side is Swedish and Danish ancestry as his great-grandparents immigrated to America in the late 1800's and early 1900's from Sweden. Shortly after, they settled in Saskatchewan, Canada as a result of the promise of free workable land on the Canadian prairie.

  

BLYTHE GENEALOGY DATABASE

  My Blythe genealogy database is part of this site and is easily accessed through the upper menu. This is where all specific data, relationships, images, documents and sources are available for free download. Don't leave this site without exploring it first. There is true treasure there.Weave all of this together with sometimes humorous, scandalous and completely fascinating stories of ancestral family members and you have this site.