Learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.

Learning to transcribe old documents.

Transcribing the baptism register from Norfolk, England in my previous post, “Transcription and Translation: Baptism of Elizabeth Stalham and others from the St. George Tombland Church register” was particularly problematic for me, requiring my learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.   I am familiar with transcribing in several languages such as German, …

Historical military databases of New Zealand and Australia available free.

WWI ANZAC military records.

Ancestry.com will open the New Zealand and Australian military collections, and UK collections with information on Commonwealth soldiers, until 2am Monday, April 27, 2015.   An online family history resource is opening its military databases free of charge in commemoration of the Anzac Day centenary. These databases contain extensive information on Commonwealth soldiers, including addresses, …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 20 Apr 2015.

find free genealogy databases

The following are the recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 20 Apr 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions   Canada Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927 Belgium Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1912 Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798-1906 Brazil Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980 Czechoslovakia Czech Republic Censuses, 1800-1945 England England, Cornwall and Devon Parish …

Researching paternal or maternal lines: Is one better than the other?

Emery maternal ancestors.

When researching paternal or maternal lines, the tendency seems to be to place more value – and therefore time and effort – into the paternal lines. Is it true that following paternal lines is better than following maternal lines?   In my mind, no. The other side of this question is: “Should genealogy research concentrate …

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to 12 Apr 2015.

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to 12 Apr 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions Belgium Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1912 China China Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2014 England England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918 Italy Italy, Napoli, Serrara Fontana, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929 Philippines Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1984 Philippines, La Union, …

Vikings were in Greenland, Ireland and Britain much earlier than previously thought.

Scales and weights of a viking trader.

Thanks to recent discoveries, we now know Vikings were in Greenland, Ireland and Britain much earlier than previously thought.   Archaeological finds in Greenland show that vikings managed to survive Greenland’s bitter, harsh weather for substantially longer than previously believed. According to Christian Koch Madsen, an archaeologist with the National Museum of Denmark, “The stories …

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Robert Stone, April 16, 1825

Robert Stone's Last Will and Testament

The following is my transcription of the last will and testament of Robert Stone.   182 Robert Stone 16. This is the last Will and Testament of me Robert Stone of Wyke Regis in the County of Dorset Baker. In the first place I Grant that all my just debts funeral and testamentary ??????? may …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions: 3 Apr 2015.

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions

Following are the recent updates of Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org to Apr 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions   Czechoslovakia Czech Republic Censuses, 1800-1945 Czech Republic, School Registers, 1799-1953 Haiti Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Civil Registration, 1794-2012 Italy Italy, Caltanissetta, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820-1935 Italy, L’Aquila, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865, 1911-1943 Italy, Taranto, Civil Registration (State …