Did my children’s ancestors fight on both sides of the War of 1812?

Declaration of the War of 1812 in Upper Canada.

Of all the wars our ancestors have fought, the War of 1812 is the one that most interests me because I’m Canadian, and the result of this war is recognized as the birth of our nation. After researching ancestors on both sides, I’ve discovered several on Mark’s side who fought in the War of 1812, …

Getting the most from Library and Archives Canada databases.

Library and Archives in Ottawa, Canada

The wealth of information on the Library and Archives Canada website has become more easily searchable over the years as more and more indexing has occurred.   As one who is very familiar with and has used this site for years, I have found it to be so extensive that I make sure to bookmark …

Transcription: Isaac Shelby’s Order for Recruitment of Troops for the War of 1812.

Militia Order of Isaac Shelby of July 31, 1813

The following is my transcription of Isaac Shelby’s “Order for recruitment of troops for the War of 1812″  for the Kentucky Militia, to fight against Upper Canada in the War of 1812.   FRANKFORT, July 31st, 1813. DEAR SIR, THE following address to the militia of Kentucky will inform you of the call that has …

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 …

Fold 3 offers free access to WWII records between May 8 – 15, 2015.

Free access to Fold3 WWII records.

Now’s your chance to check out Fold3.com and find those elusive WWII records for your relatives who were involved in WWII.   Between May 8 and May 15, 2015, the WWII records are available for free access by anyone.   Some of the records available are the holocaust collection, missing Air Crew reports, US Air Force …

Historical military databases of New Zealand and Australia available free.

WWI ANZAC military records.

Ancestry.com will open the New Zealand and Australian military collections, and UK collections with information on Commonwealth soldiers, until 2am Monday, April 27, 2015.   An online family history resource is opening its military databases free of charge in commemoration of the Anzac Day centenary. These databases contain extensive information on Commonwealth soldiers, including addresses, …

Ancestry launches Ancestry Academy; educational video courses for family history researchers.

AncestryAcademy training.

I just discovered this press release about Ancestry.com ‘s new ‘Ancestry Academy’ for family history researchers. Even though I do have over twenty years experience researching my ancestors, I have every intention of checking this out. I have never stopped learning new things in the world of genealogy blogging and research, and I’m sure a …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 20 Apr 2015.

find free genealogy databases

The following are the recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 20 Apr 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions   Canada Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927 Belgium Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1912 Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798-1906 Brazil Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980 Czechoslovakia Czech Republic Censuses, 1800-1945 England England, Cornwall and Devon Parish …