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 …

Transcription: Biography of Capt. George Meek and Rachel Meek.

Meek, George - Revolutionary War Plaque

Transcription: 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 …

Transcription: Revolutionary War Plaque for Gabriel Steely

The following is a transcription of a plaque recognizing Gabriel Steely as a Revolutionary Soldier.   REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIER GABRIEL STEELY Born Aug. 19, 1763 – Died May 2,  1830 Wife: Mary [Stewart] Steely Parents of John Steely, Dr. Meek Steely and Isabella Duncan, of Kingston, Ohio, George Steely and  Sarah Shelby of Covington, Indiana, Reuben …

Smashed brick wall: Prominent Busse and Froemling families of Chicago.

There’s nothing like the feeling of solving a mystery like the one about the biological family of my husband’s grandmother Louise Reynolds. Born in October of 1911, she was given up for adoption. A wonderful couple, William Dennis Matthews and his wife Claudia adopted her and a little boy, William Dennis Matthews, Jr. She grew …

Let’s all work to save and expand our genealogical resources.

I have been researching my family’s genealogy for over twenty years and my appreciation of the tireless and volunteer contributions in the pursuit of genealogy is endless. All of our continuing efforts to expand our own genealogies do contribute to the cumulative effort of us all to save and expand our genealogical resources. At one …

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to 14 Nov 2014

The following are the FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com updates and additions to 14 Nov 2014.   FamilySearch.org Albania Albania, Census, 1930 Australia Australia, New South Wales, Census (fragment), 1841 Canada Nova Scotia Probate Records, 1760-1993 Czechoslovakia Czech Republic, Censuses, 1800-1945 Czech Republic, School Registers 1799-1953 South Africa South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, …

We must know the genealogy questions before we can find the answers.

It has become increasingly apparent recently that there are two distinct schools of thought regarding quality and depth in genealogy research. There are the genealogists who believe in working only with well-sourced, proven information – and then there are those of us who started our genealogical quests simply for the pleasure of doing so. Before …

Transcription: Tombstones of James and Sarah Anderson (née Thomas).

Grave marker for Sarah Anderson.

The following are my transcriptons of the tombstones of James and Sarah Anderson (née Thomas).   Tombstone of James Anderson, M.D. James Anderson M.D. Died 7th […] (The image for this tombstone is very poor quality and almost unreadable.) Tombstone of Sarah (Thomas) Anderson SARAH Wife of James Anderson M.D. Died 6 Mo. 29, 1869 …