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If you’ve ever considered a subscription at, now’s your chance to buy the 6 month subscription, and you’ll get a bonus of a free DNA kit valued at $99.

That’s the same value as the subscription, so you’re essentially getting everything at half price.

My tough luck is that I’m already subscribed so I don’t qualify, because I’ve always wanted to get the DNA kit.

I’m a dedicated World Subscription user as my research spans numerous continents, countries, counties and cities. No one comes even close to the broad range of geographical areas and document and source types offered by

There are a few points in our genealogy where doing a DNA test would be very helpful by confirming some connections for which it has been difficult to find reliable sources – at least this test could confirm that there is a connection, or not. It may also help us solve some family genealogy mysteries.

Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to let my subscription lapse and wait until they offer the free DNA kit again in the future???

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, there are several very good written resources available that directly cite or are based upon this documented data.

Historical Collections of Gwynedd, Pennsylvania

One of these sources is “Historical Collections of Gwynedd, Pennsylvania“. This is a well-researched and highly detailed account of Gwynedd Township, Montgomery County and the Welsh immigrants who settled there.

William Penn was a Quaker and the founder of Pennsylvania (photo credit:

Here is the index of chapters in the document:

Chapter 1. The Place: The Scope of its History.
Chapter 2. Remarks upon the Geology of the Township. [Gwynedd lies at the southern edge of the Mezozoic, or Red Sandstone belt...]
Chapter 3. Traces of the Indians. A history of the Lenni Lenape (Delaware) can be found here.
Chapter 4. The Arrival of the Welsh Settlers, Alternatively, here is brief summary of all the early Welsh settlements in Pennsylvania.
Chapter 5. Edward Foulke’s Narrative of his Removal.
Chapter 6. The Origin of the Township’s Name. [Gwynedd is the Welsh name for the mountainous North of Wales, meaning the White or Pure Land] . Gwynedd is pronounced in Welsh as Gwin-eth (dd = th) and was pronounced this way for at least 100 years here. Almost all of the first settlers of Gwynedd came from within 10 miles of Fron Goch, a village just north of Bala in Wales.
Chapter 7. Number of the First Settlers: Growth of Population. [see Map of 1698 settlement]
Chapter 8. The First Settler’s Homes: Personal Details [see picture of William John House, 1712] [note the William John house, on West Point Pike in Upper Gwynedd, was demolished in the early 20th century]
Chapter 9. Establishment of the Friends’ Meeting [Sketch of Gwynedd Meeting-house before 1897]
Chapter 10. Details Concerning the Early Friends
Chapter 11. Narrative of John Humphreys, of Merion
Chapter 12. Early Monthly Meeting Records of Marriages; Other Lists of Marriages and Deaths
Chapter 13. Evans Family Genealogy [go to Evans descendancy in Register format]
Chapter 14. Roberts Family Genealogy [go to Roberts descendancy in Register format]
Chapter 15. Foulke Family Genealogy [go to Foulke descendancy in Register format] [see also Foulke Family Association web site]
Chapter 16. The Early Roads
Chapter 17. Early Settlers in Montgomery
Chapter 18. Affairs Before the Revolution
Chapter 19. Gwynedd in the Midst of the Revolution: Sally Wister’s journal. Here is more information about Sally’s journal at the Foulke Family Assoc. web site
Chapter 20. Revolutionary Details [see map of unknown soldiers buried at Gwynedd meeting]
Chapter 21. Taxables in Gwynedd in 1776
Chapter 22. The Boones, Lincolns, and Hanks
Chapter 23. St. Peter’s Church
Chapter 24. Social Conditions Among the Early Settlers
Chapter 25. Agriculture, Slaves, Schools, Hotels, Stores, etc.
Chapter 26. Genealogical Details Concerning Early Families
Chapter 27. Biographical Notices
Chapter 28. Additional Chapter –1897

Pennsylvania Founding Families

Another document I have used extensively in my research is “Pennsylvania Founding Families”. This document is searchable on Although this is a subscription site, they do offer a free trial of the US Deluxe Membership.

To search this document: navigate to; scroll to near the bottom of the right sidebar and select “Stories, Memories and Histories” under the “Stories & Publications” heading; select “Social & Place Histories”; under “Filter by Location”, select “USA”; in the “Title” search box at the top of the left sidebar, enter “Pennsylvania Founding Families” and click search; and select “Pennsylvania Founding Families, 1681-1911″. This is the same process you would use to search any publication or narrative document offered by

Ellwood Roberts’ Biographical Annals, 1904: Montgomery Co, PA

Yet another valuable source for Welsh Quaker genealogy in the USA is “Ellwood Roberts’ Biographical Annals, 1904: Montgomery Co, PA“, which is available on the US GenWeb Archives site.

Although the Welsh Quaker ancestry is not my own, it is one of my favorite cultures to research (next to the Acadians, which is my own family’s ancestry), for the most part due to the detail in the narratives, documents and records available to researchers. This helps to bring the lives of those Quaker ancestors to life for the researcher.

The headings are links to the cited documents. For more facts and dates about the above mentioned individuals, check out our family’s extensive genealogy database.

Illinois State Archives introduce their new Global Database Search

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ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES – Global Database Search

The new global Search feature pulls results from all databases resident on the Illinois State Archives site. The listing of results will show all databases matching the name entered. From there, just click on a database from the list to obtain a listing of all results for that search string.

In order to do multiple searches, it is necessary to return to the very first global database search page, so I would recommend right clicking and selecting “Open Link in New Window”. Once done,  it is easy to close the new window and return to the original search screen window.

It is necessary to enter a complete surname and it must be followed by a comma for the search to work. Partial surnames can be searched in individual databases – not the global search window. The database search is not case sensitive.

Keep in mind the following points when using the Global Database Search:

In some databases that are brought up in the global search results there will be options to search for one of more than one participant such as for marriages, court files, etc. Use each search separately.

Searching for surnames combined with a first name and/or middle name or initials, be patient as it can be quite a bit slower than searching for the surname only.

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Unknown Soldiers: DNA technology makes it possible for their remains to be identified.


Unknown soldiers can be identified!

More than 83,000 US service members lost since the start of WWII are still missing, according to a representative of the Department of Defence. Several lie in forgotten graves on the battlefield and below memorials offering no clue to their identities.

New techniques in DNA technology may mean we have seen the last burial of an unknown soldier. In offices and laboratories across the country and archaeological sites scattered across continents, groups of investigators and scientists comb the remains of the past for lost defenders.

In the US, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), based in Honolulu, Hawaii, and also the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), based in Arlington, Virginia keep case files on each missing sailor, soldier, Marine and airman.

Researchers at JPAC and DPMO establish possible sites of remains. A team of archaelogists visited North Korea in 2004 and located skeletal remains of thirty individuals tossed haphazardly into a mass grave close to Chosin Reservoir. They shipped the bones to JPAC in Honolulu, where the bones were used to find gender, age, ancestry, and distinguishing marks. The process can take anywhere from two weeks to one year, depending on the existing backlog. Frustratingly, the original sample may not be enough and in that case, they must restart from the beginning.

For the remains whose DNA is successfully processed, the researchers will try and match them with DNA samples taken from thousands of possible family members.

Two of my great uncles, Private Joseph Philias Albert Emery and Private Joseph Turmaine, were reported missing in action in WWI and I would be thrilled to have their remains recovered.

Take advantage of free military records searches in honor of Memorial Day!

A great opportunity to find those military ancestors!

Ancestry.comTurmaine-Gerry-Regalia-Restored-Contrast-Adjusted-167x300.jpg is offering access to free military records over the weekend in honor of Memorial Day! From Thursday, May 23rd through Monday, May 27th, is offering free access to Search Military Recordsthat include new military collections, draft, enlistment and service records.

This is your opportunity to start researching your family’s military heroes. is also offering free military records searches on their site until May 28th.  The free access is to their entire FamilyLink Military Collection.  Journey back in time to learn more about your ancestors during some of the most important conflicts in the world’s history that impacted millions of families in the United States of America and many other countries worldwide.

I have several ancestors who were military and I fully intend to take advantage of this free access for my own research. and Updates and Additions – December 9, 2012

  • Brazil, Civil Registration, 1870-2012
  • Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1890-2012
  • Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2011
  • Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2010
  • Manitoba, Church Records, 1800-1959
  • Prince Edward Island, Church Records, 1777-1985
  • Saskatchewan, Catholic Church Records, 1846-1957
  • Saskatchewan, Judicial District Court Records, 1891-1954
  • China, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-2010
Czech Republic
  • Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921
  • Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889
  • England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000
  • England, Northumberland, Miscellaneous Records,1570-2005
  • Estonia, Population Registers, 1918-1944
  • Germany, Hesse, Civil Registration, 1874-1927
  • Germany, Prussia, Pomerania, Stralsund, Church Book Indexes, 1600-1900
  • Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980
  • Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941
  • Italy, L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1824-1910
  • Italy, Matera, Matera, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929
  • Italy, Pescara, Pescara, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1865-1910
  • Netherlands, Zeeland Province, Church Records, 1527-1907
New Zealand
  • New Zealand, Probate Records, 1860-1961
  • Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997
  • Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998
South Africa
  • South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records 1796-1992
  • South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files, 1962-2004
  • Spain, Province of Lérida, Municipal Records, 1319-1940
United States
  • Idaho, Lemhi County Records, 1868-1964
  • Idaho, Minidoka County Records, 1913-1961
  • Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926-1979
  • Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959
  • Iowa, Fayette County Probate Records, 1851-1928
  • New Jersey, Calvary United Methodist Church Records, 1821-2003
  • New York, Buffalo, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Records, 1812-1970
  • New York, Land Records, 1630-1975
  • Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1940
  • Oregon, Columbia County Records, 1854-1958
  • United States, Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files
  • United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926
  • United States, New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906
  • United States Social Security Death Index
  • Vermont, Franklin County Probate Records, 1796-1921
  • Washington, County Records, 1856-2009
  • Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1935
  • BillionGraves Index

  • England, Lancashire, Liverpool, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921
United States
  • Georgia, Naturalization Records, 1848-1991
  • Indiana, Wayne County, Death Records Index, 1882-1920
  • Iowa, Pottawattamie County, Annotated Record of US Census, 1850
  • Maryland, Marriages, 1634-1777
  • Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985
  • U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880
  • U.S., Spanish American War Volunteers, 1898