Learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.

Learning to transcribe old documents.

Transcribing the baptism register from Norfolk, England in my previous post, “Transcription and Translation: Baptism of Elizabeth Stalham and others from the St. George Tombland Church register” was particularly problematic for me, requiring my learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.   I am familiar with transcribing in several languages such as German, …

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

David Coon and Mary Ann (Adams)

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 …

Transcription – Acadia, Canada Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) 1760-1946, Page 469

Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946, Page 469

Original french text from Acadia, Canada Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) 1760-1946, page 469.   CAP PELÉ CAP BOLD CTE WESTMORLAND NB PAROISSE STE-THÉRÈSE RÉGISTRES PHOTOGRAPHIES A LA PAROISSE 469 ———————- B    76 M. I. Florine Melanson Ce meme jour nous prêtre soussigné avons baptisé Marie Isabella Florine née hier du legitime mariage de …

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 …

Transcription: Obituary for Sanford Porter, founding member of the Mormon polygamous branch.

Porterville Settlement Plaque

Obituary for Sanford Porter Sr. For a short time, I was dealing with a brick wall at my husband’s 5x great grandfather, Nathaniel Porter and his wife Tabitha Warner. After searching online genealogy sites to no avail, I finally decided to do a basic genealogy search in Google using both of their names in quotes.  …

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

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions

Following are the recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions up to 30 Jan 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions Argentina Argentina, National Census, 1895 Canada Nova Scotia Delayed Births, 1837-1904 El Salvador El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-1977 Philippines Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1994 United States California, Immigration Registers of Japanese, Filipinos, and Hawaiians at …

Be prepared for the ‘ skeletons in the closet ‘ you find.

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Genealogy is exciting, despite the skeletons in the closet one may find. There’s no feeling like solving that family mystery, breaking down that brick wall, or just learning more about one’s family and heritage. However, not everything we find is good. Of course, this depends on your moral, political and social views. In my own …

A breakthrough in the mysterious Melanson genealogy?

I learned a valuable lesson last night after reading an email about a breakthrough in the research on the mysterious Melanson genealogy. I should not read emails on my tablet just before turning off the bedroom light. Once I read the following email informing me of a discovery made by Paul Delaney in 2012 of …