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The Discovery Service at the National Archives in Great Britain

The Discovery Service at the National Archives in Great Britain

Amazon.com Widgets Shop Amazon – Get Up to 80% Back When You Sell Us Your Books The UK National Archives catalogue, which has a free online search, but there are problems. Some knowledge has always been necessary to search the catalogue with any success. The Discovery Service makes it easier for everyone – novice to […]

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Evan (Dhu) Isaac Shelby of Tregaron, Wales

Evan (Dhu) Isaac Shelby of Tregaron, Wales

Evan (Dhu) Isaac Shelby was the son of David Phillip “Phillip” Shelby (1648-1731) and Margaretta Alexander (1660-    ). He was born about 1694 at the beginning of the reign of William and Mary (1690-1695), and was baptised on September 2, 1694 at St. Caron’s Church in Tregaron, Cardiganshire, Wales. He was most likely a […]

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Transcripton – 1793 Lease for Forty Thousand Acres of Land Signed By Peter and Charles Melonson and Others

Transcripton – 1793 Lease for Forty Thousand Acres of Land Signed By Peter and Charles Melonson and Others

Page 1 A6 Articles of agreement made this twenty ninth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninty-three and in the thirty third year of His Majesty’s Reign between Mary Cannon of Castle Frederickin the County of Hants and Province of Nova Scotia as attorney for Joseph Frederick, […]

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David Coon: A Civil War story… and tragedy.

David Coon: A Civil War story… and tragedy.

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 […]

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Researching Welsh Quaker Ancestors in Pennsylvania

Researching Welsh Quaker Ancestors in Pennsylvania

Welsh Quaker ancestors are the major cultural group that comprises the majority of the ancestry of my children (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 result, […]

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Biography of Capt. George Meek and Rachel Meek.

Biography of Capt. George Meek and Rachel Meek.

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 […]

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Oh, the difference one letter can make when using copied documents.

Oh, the difference one letter can make when using copied documents.

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 […]

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

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

Obituary for Sanford Porter 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.  The […]

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Christine Blythe
Empty Nest Genealogy
Chilliwack , British Columbia , V2P 5B9Canada
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