High school students in BC could solve Franklin expedition mystery.

Franklin Expedition

The Canadian school year may be almost over, but a new website is inviting students to solve one of oldest cold cases so far — Sir John Franklin’s fateful voyage to find the Northwest Passage. “History is too important to be boring, and these mysteries are too intriguing to be left to historians alone,” said …

Transcription: Will and Testament, Ann Stone of Wyke Regis, Dorset

Transcription of Will of Ann Stone.

The following is my transcription of the last Will and Testament of Ann Stone of Wyke Regis, Dorset.   ____________________ Ann Stone 6. This is the last Will and Testament of ? Ann Stone of Wyke Regis in the County of Dorset widow made and published this twelfth day of March in the year of …

Toronto Star offers free access to their online newspaper archives until May 31.

Toronto Star offers free access to their online archives.

Toronto Star offers free access to their online newspaper archives until May 31, 2015. The last time a similar offer was made, it was for two days — and I was bleary-eyed at the end of it. The usual cost to access the archives is $9.95 per week, $19.95 per month, or $149.95 per year. …

Everyone of European descent can claim Charlemagne as an ancestor.

Everyone of European descent can claim Charlemagne as an ancestor: Charlemagne genealogy chart.

Sometimes I get asked if I’m related to the great physicist Ernest Rutherford. His discoveries about the atomic nucleus gave birth to physics in the 20th century. He is the father of nuclear physics, with labs and atoms named after him. I’m not related to him. I can reveal however that I am a direct …

Protecting genealogy data and files!

Protect your genealogy data and files.

After twenty years of genealogy research, I have learned a few things about the fragility of the valuable data and files we work hard to accumulate. In response, I have worked hard to develop some good habits when it comes to protecting genealogy data and files.   Some of the issues I’ve encountered in the …

eBooks from Google eBooks and Internet Archive: A researcher’s gold mine!

eBooks from Google eBooks and Internet Archive.

This article’s title “eBooks from Google eBooks and Internet Archive: A researcher’s gold mine!” aptly describes how I feel about including ebooks and online publications and libraries in my genealogy research.   I believe in using primary sources as much as possible in my genealogy research. This is the only way to be sure the …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to May 22, 2015.

Following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to May 22, 2015.

Following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to May 22, 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions   Australia Australia, New South Wales, 1828 Census Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration of Births, 1899-1912 Australia, Victoria, Assisted Immigrant Arrivals at Victorian Ports, 1839-1871 Belgium Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600-1913 Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621-1914 …