The Barker witch trials of Massachussetts: William Barker Sr. and Jr., et. al.

Salem Witch Trials

William Barker, Sr. is rather distantly related to us (7th cousin, 11 times removed), but I find the story of him and his family and their family's Barker witch trials of Masssachusetts so enthralling, I just had to include it here.   The following is the back story and transcriptions of key documents regarding the…

The UK National Archives’ site “The Cabinet Papers”: UK government history.

UK National Archives site.

What is available to researchers on "The Cabinet Papers" site? Records from 1915 to 1982 including full text is searchable from this site. Some of these records, however, have been redacted under the Public Records Act. These records include: Decisions and discussions of cabinet. Background reports and papers provided for cabinet ministers before cabinet meetings.…

Tackling the mystery of Christian W. Keefer’s parentage.

Keefer, Christian W. and Mary A

  Christian W. Keefer (Chester) is an important figure in one of the main branches of my husband's and children's ascendancy. He married Mary Ann Jacques and they eventually settled and raised a family in Dodge County, Wisconsin.   After numerous years of research, however, I'm still left scratching my head at the mystery of…

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 5 Feb 2016.

A roadmap for researching genealogy.

  The following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 5 Feb 2016.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 5 Feb 2016.   Canada British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938 Italy Italy, Bergamo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1901 Italy, Caltanissetta, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820-1935 Italy, Grosseto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1851-1907 Italy,…

RootsMagic users to soon be able to search Ancestry.com directly via hints.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 1Dec 2015.

Well, it's finally happening folks!   Ancestry.com and RootsMagic are teaming up, setting the stage for RootsMagic users to soon be able to search Ancestry.com directly via hints.   This is a brand new announcement and as eager as we may be to get to use the new features it's going to be several months before the…

Transcripton: U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 for Wesley Elmer Blythe

U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 for Wesley Elmer Blythe

The following is my transcripton of the U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 for Wesley Elmer Blythe.   (Front ...) REGISTRATION CARD FORM #: ?78 No.: 64 ROW 1 Name in Full:     Wesley Elmer Blythe      (Given name, Family name)          Age in yrs.: 26 ROW 2 Home Address:    718 Wayne…

Richard Knight of Newbury, Massachusetts; 1603-1683.

Newbury, Massachusetts; Memorial of First Settlers.

  Richard Knight, 12th great grandfather to our children, Erin and Stuart, was born January 14, 1603 in Romsey, Hampshire, England to William Knight (1568-1630) and Elizabeth (Carter) Knight (1571-    ). He was christened June 28, 1607 at 4 years of age in Melksham, Wiltshire, England.   It is documented that Richard Knight immigrated to Newbury, Massachusetts in 1635…

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 25 Jan 2016.

Flag of Australia

  Following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 25 Jan 2016.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 25 Jan 2016.   Canada Ontario Births, 1869-1911 Honduras Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968 Spain Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1956 Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1760-1956 United Kingdom England and Wales Census, 1861…