Historical Figures

Brig. Gen. Evan Shelby Jr.

Brig. Gen. Evan Shelby Jr.

Amazon.com Widgets Shop Amazon – Get Up to 80% Back When You Sell Us Your Books Brig. Gen. Evan Shelby Jr. of Tregaron, Wales Brigadier General Evan S. Shelby Jr., born in 1725 in Tregaron, Ceredigion, Wales to Evan (Dhu) Shelby (Selby) and his wife Catherine Morgan and was baptised in St. Caron’s church. This […]

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Genealogy News Bites – April 10, 2014

Genealogy News Bites – April 10, 2014

The Week Adolf Hitler’s wife Eva Braun ‘had Jewish ancestry’ Scientists who extracted genetic material from Eva Braun’s hair found she had Jewish ancestry… Gloucester Citizen Old fashioned baby names dying out: The full list from Ancestry.co.uk Research carried out by Ancestry.co.uk studied birth records for 1905 and produced a ‘top 100′. They then compared […]

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William I “The Conqueror,” King of England

William I “The Conqueror,” King of England

William “The Conqueror” I, King of England and 28th great grandfather to my children through their father’s ancestry, was born in  Chateau de Falaise, Normandy, France in 1026 to Robert “le Diable, the Devil” II, Duc de Normandie (999-1035) and Arlette de Falaise (1003-1050), a tanner’s daughter. As he was the illegitimate son of Robert […]

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Genealogy News Bites to March 28, 2014

Genealogy News Bites to March 28, 2014

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Amara is an online resource that gives individuals, communities, and larger organizations the power to overcome accessibility and language barriers for online videos.  This unique tool is simple to use, collaborative, and fun… National Archives (Great Britain) Last autumn we put out a call to the higher education sector for […]

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Evan (Dhu) Isaac Shelby of Tregaron, Wales

Evan (Dhu) Isaac Shelby of Tregaron, Wales

Evan (Dhu) Isaac Shelby was the son of David Phillip “Phillip” Shelby (1648-1731) and Margaretta Alexander (1660-    ). He was born about 1694 at the beginning of the reign of William and Mary (1690-1695), and was baptised on September 2, 1694 at St. Caron’s Church in Tregaron, Cardiganshire, Wales. He was most likely a […]

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WWII art thefts documented in recently recovered diary of Alfred Rosenberg.

WWII art thefts documented in recently recovered diary of Alfred Rosenberg.

One of my earliest memories is from when I was about five years old, shuffling through a small stack of black and white postcards my parents had collected of Hitler’s compound and bunker, and some of the concentration camps. I was fascinated because my parents had told me what I could understand about the second […]

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David Coon: A Civil War story… and tragedy.

David Coon: A Civil War story… and tragedy.

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 […]

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King Richard III’s genome to be sequenced by scientists.

King Richard III’s genome to be sequenced by scientists.

Previous posts I’ve written described our fascination with King Richard III and the search for his grave, which ended successfully when his skeleton was unearthed in a Leicester parking lot in England. Now scientists have announced they will be sequencing Richard III’s DNA, which is of great interest to us and numerous other descendants of […]

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Christine Blythe
Empty Nest Genealogy
Chilliwack , British Columbia , V2P 5B9Canada
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