Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 Aug 2015.

Mexican map.

The following are the latest Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to August 30, 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions. France France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Censuses, 1872 and 1886 Italy Italy, Bari, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1908 Italy, Caltanissetta, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820-1935 Italy, Genova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1796-1812, 1838-1859, 1866-1899 Italy, Mantova, Civil Registration …

Cadwallon ap Cadfan, King of Gwynedd.

Cadfan's Tombstone at Llangadwaladr Church, Anglesey

My children’s 40th great grandfather, Cadwallon ap Cadfan (also Cadwalader, Cadwallon, Caedwalla, Caswallon, Caedwalla, or Catgublaun), King of Gwynedd (presently north Wales), was born about 600 in Gwynedd.   He was the son of Cadfan (Cadvan) ap Iago, King of Gwynedd (570-625) and Afandreg “Ddu, the Black” ferch Cynan Garwyn (580- ). Cadwallon ap Cadfan …

Transcription: Obituary for General George Cadwalader

Major General George Cadwalader

Following is the transcription of the obituary for General George Cadwalader, published in the Bucks County Gazette on Thursday, February, 6, 1879.   General George Cadwalader died in Philadelphia, on Monday afternoon, in the seventy-third year of his age, from an attack resembling apoplexy, with which he was seized on Sunday night. He was a …

Brig. Gen. Evan Shelby Jr. of Tregaron, Wales

St. Caron's Church, Tregaron, Wales

Brig. Gen. Evan Shelby Jr. of Tregaron, Wales.   Brig. Gen. Evan 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 Evan Shelby’s birth is frequently confused with that of his earlier brother Evan, who was born in …

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 …

Researching Welsh Quakers in Pennsylvania.

Welsh Quakers. Bryn Mawr, near Dolgelly. Built by Rees Lews. The birthplace of Rowland Ellis, 1650.

Welsh Quaker ancestors are the cultural group from which the majority of the ancestors of my children originate (on my husband’s side).   One of the benefits of researching this culture is that the people were religious, often educated (could read and write) and were very good at documenting vital statistics and events. As a …

Researching paternal or maternal lines: Is one better than the other?

Emery maternal ancestors.

When researching paternal or maternal lines, the tendency seems to be to place more value – and therefore time and effort – into the paternal lines. Is it true that following paternal lines is better than following maternal lines?   In my mind, no. The other side of this question is: “Should genealogy research concentrate …