The ancestor quest: humor, poems and prose for Genealogists.

Funny genealogy.

I have gathered and transcribed several items of humor, poems and prose for Genealogists that have touched me in some way. The ones I have selected and printed below are my favorites of the hundreds that can be found – and the ones that hit home the most.     Dear Ancestor   Your tombstone …

Genealogy Transcription: New England Marriages Prior to 1700; Kni – Kno.

New England.

  Following is my transcription of “New England Marriages Prior to 1700″ for surnames starting with ‘K’ from Knight to Knowles, and all varied surnames of spouses.   _________________________________   NEW ENGLAND MARRIAGES PRIOR TO 1700   445 KNIGHT, Joseph (1673-) & Martha (GIBSON) LILLEY, w Reuben; 4 Apr 1699; Woburn KNIGHT, Lawrence (-1728) & …

Genealogy and bio: Witch trials of Massachussetts: William Barker Sr., Jr.

Salem Witch Trials

William Barker, Sr. is rather distantly related to us (7th cousin, 11 times removed), but I find the story of him and his family and their family’s Barker witch trials of Masssachusetts so enthralling, I just had to include it here. The following is the back story and transcriptions of key documents regarding the Barker …

The UK National Archives’ site “The Cabinet Papers”: UK government history.

UK National Archives site.

What is available to researchers on “The Cabinet Papers” site? Records from 1915 to 1982 including full text is searchable from this site. Some of these records, however, have been redacted under the Public Records Act. These records include: Decisions and discussions of cabinet. Background reports and papers provided for cabinet ministers before cabinet meetings. …

Genealogy Mystery: Who were Christian W. Keefer’s parents?

Keefer, Christian W. and Mary A

Christian W. Keefer (Chester) is an important figure in one of the main branches of my husband’s and children’s ascendancy. He married Mary Ann Jacques and they eventually settled and raised a family in Dodge County, Wisconsin. (Original data, images and more are available for this individual and family on Blythe Genealogy.)  After numerous years …

Transcription: Charles Keefer; Biographical Sketches of Old Settlers and Prominent People of Wisconsin

  Transcription of biography of Charles Keefer from “Biographical Sketches of Old Settlers and Prominent People of Wisconsin.” Excerpt from: Biographical Sketches of OLD SETTLERS and PROMINENT PEOPLE of ….WISCONSIN…. _____ Vol. I. _____ Waterloo, Wis., Huffman & Hyer, Publishers. 1899. _________________________________________________ CHARLES KEEFER AMONG the class of hardy pioneers who left their Ohio homes, …

Transcription: David D. Shelby, Lawyer

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Transcription: David D. Shelby, Lawyer Shelby, David D., lawyer, state senator, jurist, was born Oct. 24, 1847, in Madison county, Ala. In 1882-84 he was a member of the Alabama state senate. Since 1899 he has been United States circuit judge for the fifth circuit of Alabama. HERRINGSHAW, T.W.  Herringshaw’s national library of American biography. …

Genealogy and Computers: Basic tools to succeed for disengaged and kids.

Genealogy research center.

I’ve posted in the past about my own experience with and belief in genealogy and computers as basic tools to engage our kids in learning and their own education.   We often hear how education is the key to work and financial security and solvency in today’s world. You’ll notice I’ve not used the word …