ProQuest: Digitization of 19th century House of Lords parliamentary papers.

19th century House of Lords parliamentary papers.

A new project by ProQuest and the National Library of Scotland to digitize the 19th century House of Lords parliamentary papers may turn out to be a gold mine for genealogy researchers.   ProQuest and the National Library of Scotland are working in cooperation to digitize the parliamentary papers and the project is expected to launch …

David Coon: A Civil War story… and tragedy.

David Coon and Mary Ann (Adams)

I spent a great deal of time transcribing the typewritten copies of handwritten letters of David Coon to his wife and children from Confederate prison, marking the days until his subsequent death from disease. The original transcriptions were completed by his son, Dr. William B. Coon in 1913, one for each family member. My father-in-law …

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 …

MRSA remedy: Looking to the past can solve problems of the present and future.

Bald's Leechbook

A surprising finding by Dr. Christina Lee of the University of Nottingham has been key to discovering that a medieval remedy used to treat eye infections has properties that could be useful today, as described in “AncientBiotics – a medieval remedy for modern day superbugs?”   The recipe for this remedy existed in an old …

The Knowles Collection: Jewish genealogy database reaches 1 million entry milestone.

Jewish alter in a synagogue.

The Knowles Collection, the Jewish genealogy database linking generations of Jewish families, has recently reached over 1 million entries.   Since it’s inception, this free searchable database at familysearch.org has been growing steadily at an average rate of about 10,000 individuals each month, including Jewish individuals from over 80 nations. Genealogy researchers are free to …

Edward “Longshanks” I, King of England

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions

Edward “Longshanks” I, King of England was born 17/18 June 1239, eldest son of Henry III, King of England (1207-1272) and Eléonore de Provence (1223- ), in Westminster Palace, London. Edward was created Earl of Chester and granted the Dukedom of Gascony on 14 February 1254, after arriving in France. Edward’s father arranged his  marriage …

Sir Philip Basset, Lord Basset, Justiciar of England

Battle of Evesham

Sir Philip Basset is 24th great grandfather to my kids, born circa 1184 in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England.   He was the son of Alan Basset, Baron of Wycombe, and Aline de Gai. In 1227, Philip married his first wife, Hawise de Louvaine in Essex, England. Born in 1225, Hawise was the daughter of Matthew de Louvain, Lord …

Remains of Blanch Mortimer, daughter of Sir Roger Mortimer found.

I was shocked to read today that the remains of Blanch Mortimer, the daughter of Sir Roger Mortimer.

I was surprised to read today that the remains of Blanch Mortimer, the daughter of Sir Roger Mortimer have been found. In a previous post, I described our genealogical relationship to Sir Roger Mortimer, outlining the most infamous aspects of his life, including his hanging at Tyburn Tree for treason. Blanch Mortimer, who died in 1347, was …