Oh, the difference one letter can make when using copied or transcribed documents!

Copying and transcription errors.

This joke is the best illustration I’ve ever seen of the negative effects of working from copied documents instead of originals. This should be on display in every library, archive and genealogy center as a reminder of the perils awaiting. This is something I think about every time I do a transcription, and this type …

David Coon: A Civil War story… and tragedy.

David Coon and Mary Ann (Adams)

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 …

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 …

Transcription: Wogaman, Burkett and Holdery – Burkhart — Burckhardt — Burket — Burkett

Wogaman, Burkett, Holdery - featured

Transcription: Wogaman, Burkett and Holdery – Burkhart — Burckhardt — Burket — Burkett   WOGAMAN, BURKETT, HOLDERY Author:     Ezra McFall Kuhns Publisher:     [Dayton, Ohio? : s.n., 1948] Series:      Genealogy & local history, G7296. BURKHART — BURCKHARDT — BURKET — BURKETT (First Page) It has been said that Emanuel Burkhart whose home …

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 …

War Diary of September 15-16, 1916 at Courcelette for Pte. Joseph Turmaine

Turmaine, Joseph - War Diary - September 15, 1916 - 1

War Diary of September 15-16, 1916 at Courcelette for Pte. Joseph Turmaine. Report on the Operation by 27th (City of Winnipeg) Battalion, on the morning of September 15th 1916. ____________ 28 Reference Sheets COURCELETTE and LE MOUQUET 1/5,000. __________________________________________________ The Battalion left the BRICKFIELDS at 2.00p.m. on 14th Sept. and proceeded to Brigade Headquarters at …

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.  …