Transcription: Obituary for Harvey S. Jaques (1834 – 1912).

Harvey S. Jaques.

The following is my transcription of the obituary for Harvey S. Jaques (1834 – 1912).   Harvey S. Jaques   Harvey S. Jaques was born Sept. 5, 1834, near Millville, Butler County, Ohio, here he spent his early childhood. He was the oldest of 12 children of Richard and Mary Jaques. Four brothers, John Louis, …

Oh, the difference one letter can make when using copied or transcribed documents!

Copying and transcription errors.

This joke is the best illustration I’ve ever seen of the negative effects of working from copied documents instead of originals. This should be on display in every library, archive and genealogy center as a reminder of the perils awaiting. This is something I think about every time I do a transcription, and this type …

Ancestry records now online reveal criminals within your family tree. | Daily Mail Online

Ancestry records now online reveal criminals within your family tree | Daily Mail Online

A serial husband killer, a woman who boiled the bones of her employer and the only man to have assassinated a prime minister. Their crimes were carried out more than a century ago – and now their records are among two million put online to help Britons who might want to find the ‘black sheep’ …

Transcription: David D. Shelby, “Men and Women in America”

Biography of David D. Shelby.

Following is my transcription of the biography of David D. Shelby from “Men and Women in America.” SHELBY, David D.: United States circuit judge; born in Madison County, Ala., Oct. 24, 1847 ; son of Dr. David and Mary (Boulding) Shelby. He studied law in Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., was admitted to the bar in …

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Canada Day

In celebration of Canada Day, you can search some of Ancestry.ca’s most popular collections for FREE between now and July 2nd. Start searching to uncover an ancestor’s Immigration Record, a great-grandfather’s birth date in Vital Records, a tale of bravery in Military Records or the household income of a family member in Canadian Census Records. …

Transcription: Coon family reunion article; “The Newark Advocate” of August 21, 1937.

Utica, Ohio

Article regarding the Coon family reunion in “The Newark Advocate” of August 21, 1937.   Coon Reunion. The 12th annual Coon reunion was held in ”Roadside park” Utica, Sunday, with 38 relatives and friends present. During the business meeting, in charge of the president, Fred Cullison, the following officers were elected for the coming year: …

After omitting details of Ben Affleck’s slave-owning ancestor, ‘Finding Your Roots’ is suspended by PBS | The Washington Post

‘Finding Your Roots’ is suspended by PBS.

When Ben Affleck volunteered to be featured on the PBS genealogy program “Finding Your Roots” last year, he was hoping to find “the roots of his family’s interest in social justice.” Researchers did turn up plenty for the actor-cum-activist to be pleased about: a mother who was a member of the Freedom Riders, an ancestor …