Transcripton: 1793 lease for 40,000 acres of land signed by Peter and Charles Malonson and others.

Melanson Village Community Hall

1793 lease for 40,000 acres of land signed by Peter and Charles Malonson and others.   Page 1 A6 Articles of agreement made this twenty ninth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninty-three and in the thirty third year of His Majesty’s Reign between Mary Cannon of …

A breakthrough in the mysterious Melanson genealogy?

Melanson Village Community Hall

A while ago, I learned a valuable lesson after reading an email about a breakthrough in the research on the mysterious Melanson genealogy. I should not read emails on my tablet just before turning off the bedroom light. This email contained some exciting information that was essentially a breakthrough in the mysterious Melanson genealogy.   …

Canadian WWI and WWII soldiers identified.

Reburial of a New Zealand WWI soldier.

May 13, 2015 is the date eight Canadian WWI soldier will be laid to rest at Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France.   Lieutenant Clifford Neelands, Lance Sargeant Oscar Lindell, Private Sidney Halliday, Private William Simms, and Private Lachlan McKinnon of the 78th Battalion (Winnipeg Grenadiers) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force are five of eight …

Transcription: Biographies of John Sloan Smeltzer, Jules Hugg, James Keating (in part) and including Jacob and Mary Shellhammer.

Vandergrift, Westmoreland, PA

The following is my transcription from the original image of page 563 of “The History of Westmoreland County”, in my case concerning the Shellhammers, but mentioning the Smeltzer, Chambers, Meeker, Fox, Sloan, Stidard, Lawrence, Wicht, Theibert, Beck, Hugg, and Keating surnames.   HISTORY OF WESTMORELAND COUNTY 563 JOHN SLOAN SMELTZER.   The father of John Sloan …

Transcription: In Memoriam for Louis Boily

Obituary for Louis Boily.

Transcription: In Memoriam for Louis Boily   A LA DOUCE MEMOIRE DE LOUIS BOILY EPOUX DE CHRISTINE TURMELLE Décédé aux St-Anges, Comté de Beauce, le 25 Avril 1918, à l’âge de 85 ans et 8 mois Chère épouse et chers enfants je meurs, mon pèlerinage est fini ; je vous en ssaupplie, ne m’oubliez jamais …

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 …

Transcription: Tombstone of Family of Alphonse Bélanger

Belanger, Alphonse and Martineau, Delima - Tombstone

Transcription: Tombstone of Family of Alphonse Bélanger   Bélanger (Left Side) Alphonse Bélanger 1881 – 1933 Époux de Délima Martineau 1876 – 1949 — Edna Bélanger 1907 – 1936 — Maurice Bélanger 1915 – 1915 — Norbert Bélanger 1913 – 1991 — (Right Side) Gatien Bélanger 1911 – 1996 Époux de Éva Labelle 1920 – …