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.

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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 …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 27 Feb 2015.

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Following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 27 Feb 2015. FamilySearch.org Argentina Argentina, National Census, 1895 Australia Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829-1961 Brazil Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014 Canada Canadian Headstones Ireland Ireland, 1841 and 1851 Census Search Forms Philippines Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1983 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico, Civil …

Louise Ruth Reynolds: A woman of many names and identities.

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Louise Ruth Froemling: Child.     According to my husband Mark, his grandmother, Louise Ruth Froemling was born on 10 Oct 1911 at 1712 Paulina Street in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois to Emma Mary Froemling and William Read Kirk. Since Emma was unmarried, and William, a soldier, returned to his military post with no intention of …

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 …

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to 29 Dec 2014.

Following are the FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com updates and additions to 29 Dec 2014.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions. Austria Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1910 Belgium Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1609-1909 Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1912 Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1910 Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600-1913 Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621-1910 Belgium, Limburg, …