Oh, the difference one letter can make when using copied or transcribed documents!

Copying and transcription errors.

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 …

Brig. Gen. Evan Shelby Jr. of Tregaron, Wales

St. Caron's Church, Tregaron, Wales

Brig. Gen. Evan Shelby Jr. of Tregaron, Wales.   Brig. Gen. Evan Shelby Jr., born in 1725 in Tregaron, Ceredigion, Wales to Evan (Dhu) Shelby (Selby) and his wife Catherine Morgan and was baptised in St. Caron’s church. This Evan Shelby’s birth is frequently confused with that of his earlier brother Evan, who was born in …

Australians offered open access to the wills of Britain’s rich and famous | dailytelegraph.com.au

Australians are offered free access to UK wills.

AUSTRALIANS are being offered free access to the financial affairs of some of Britain’s most famous historical figures — and possibly the chance to lay claim to fame and fortune by digging into the wills of their British ancestors — this weekend. In honour of the Queen’s Birthday, Ancestry is offering Aussies four days of …

Transcription: Will and Testament, Ann Stone of Wyke Regis, Dorset

Transcription of Will of Ann Stone.

The following is my transcription of the last Will and Testament of Ann Stone of Wyke Regis, Dorset.   ____________________ Ann Stone 6. This is the last Will and Testament of ? Ann Stone of Wyke Regis in the County of Dorset widow made and published this twelfth day of March in the year of …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to May 22, 2015.

most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to May 22, 2015.

Following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to May 22, 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions   Australia Australia, New South Wales, 1828 Census Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration of Births, 1899-1912 Australia, Victoria, Assisted Immigrant Arrivals at Victorian Ports, 1839-1871 Belgium Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600-1913 Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621-1914 …

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, …

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 …