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Transcription: Civil War Letters of Private David Coon (1824-1864)

Transcription of the final pages of this extensive project of the Civil War Letters of Private David Coon was completed April 10, 2013.   Page 1… FOREWORD. The following letters, written by David Coon to his wife and children, are here collected, carefully copied from the originals. Many of the letters were written on such scraps of paper as were read on…

David Coon and Mary Ann (Adams)
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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 now holds one of the read on…

Mark Blythe to Barack Obama Relationship Chart
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Mark Blythe to Barack Obama Relationship Chart

  The relationship chart illustrating the multi-generational, multi-cultural, multi-racial connections between Barack Obama and my husband Mark Blythe.   A while ago, we saw a genealogy chart in a Chicago newspaper online showing Barack Obama’s family tree, which includes one Ulrich Stehle (Steely), born about 1720 and died before 1773, living the entire time in Pennsylvania. The connection is through read on…

An 1866 poster attacking the Freedmans' Bureau.
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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 9 Sep 2016.

Featured image: An 1866 poster attacking the Freedmans’ Bureau.   The following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 9 Sep 2016.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 9 Sep 2016.   Australia Australia, Queensland, Maryborough Public Records, 1847-1989 Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration, 1803-1933 Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829-2001 Czechoslovakia Czech Republic Censuses and Inhabitant Registers, 1800-1990 Czech read on…

Bermuda Hundred historical plaque.
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Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Edward Stratton, Jr.

Following is the transcription of the Last Will and Testament of Edward Stratton, Jr. of Bermuda Hundred, Virginia, 9th great grandfather to our children.   In the name of God Amen. I Edward Stratton of ye County of Henrico being sick and weak in Body but of sound and perfect memory doe make & ordaine this my last will and testamente read on…

Map showing Bermuda Hundred and other early settlements along the James River.
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Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Edward Stratton, Sr.

Featured image above. Following is the transcription of the last will and testament of Edward Stratton, Sr. of 25 Dec 1688.   He was the 10th great grandfather to our children, Erin and Stuart. In the Name of God Amen, I Edwd Stratton Senr being in a Sick weak condition doe make & ordain this my last will & testament read on…