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 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 …

William B. Coon – Soldier in the War of 1812

Military Bounty Land Warrant Certificate - William B. Coon

In a previous post, I told the story of David Coon, the fourth great grandfather to my children Erin and Stuart, and his service and death in the Civil War. His father, William B. Coon (about 1789 to August 25, 1854) was also a soldier, but in his case he served in the War of …

Transcription – Axel and Ella Gummeson and Family Biography

Ella, Ken, Helen, Mazel and Axel Gummeson.

AXEL AND ELLEN (ELLA) GUMMESON   Axel and Ella Gummeson, and Kenneth age 10 weeks, left Amery, Wisconsin, U.S.A., by train and arrived in Cabri, Saskatchewan, on April 21, 1917. They took up residence at the August Gummeson farm on the south edge of town. Several brothers and a sister of Axel had come to … and Updates and Additions to 15 Mar 2015.

Archives. and Updates and Additions to 15 Mar 2015. Updates and Additions Australia Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records, 1802-1990 Canada Nova Scotia Marriages, 1907-1932 Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832-1888 Hungary Hungary, Civil Registration, 1801-1980 Russia Russia, Tula Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1758-1895 United States California, San Diego, Chinese Passenger and Crew …

Transcription: Marriage Register for Alfred Babin and Mary Marchand

Marriage Register for Alfred Babin and Mary Marchand.

Transcription: Marriage Register for Alfred Babin and Mary Marchand Province of Nova Scotia MARRIAGE REGISTER Date of Marriage:  Feb. 1st 1909 Place of Marriage:  Arichat County:  Richmond How Married:  by license or banns:  Banns Date of Publication, if by Banns:  Jan. 17th – 24th – 31st 09 Full Name of GROOM:  Alfred Babin. His Age:  …

Pierre dit Laverdure and Priscilla Mellanson – A Family Mystery

Melanson Family Crest

Update: New Melanson genealogy information was found by a fellow researcher in 2012, and I learned about it during December 2014. The new information is detailed in the post “A breakthrough in the mysterious Melanson genealogy?” If you’re using this research, be sure to use the information in both posts as the new discoveries negate or …

Biography of Capt. George Meek and Rachel Meek.

Meek, George - Revolutionary War Plaque

Capt. George MEEK, Mark’s 6th great grandfather, was born in 1741 in Maryland to Robert and Elizabeth (Alexander) MEEK. He married Rachel HERRON (b. 1749; d. after 1810) daughter of David and Elizabeth HERRON, in 1770. George spent his formative years in Maryland. It is likely he moved to Centre County, Pennsylvania upon his marriage … and Updates and Additions to 7 Mar 2015.


The following are the and updates and additions up to and including 7 Mar 2015. Updates and Additions Argentina Argentina, Mendoza, Catholic Church Records, 1665-1975 Australia Australia, New South Wales, Cemetery, Military, and Church Record Transcripts, 1816-1982 Canada New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789-1950 France France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Censuses, 1872 and 1886 …