Backwatermen fighting in the Battle of King's Mountain, including those under command of Isaac Shelby.

18th century newspapers: Shades of modern social media.

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Spread the love…            Modern social media has become known for a substantial quantity of inappropriate activity and content, foul language, and being overly personal, all happening because it’s too easy to just ‘let go’ and let emotions take over without read on…


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Cardinal Henry Beaufort and Joan of Arc

Cardinal Henry Beaufort

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Spread the love…            Cardinal Henry Beaufort (de Beaufort) was born in 1375 in Castle Beaufort, Anjou, France to Sir John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster (1340- ) and Katharine (de Roët ) Swynford (c. 1350 – 1403), widow of Sir read on…


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Transcription: 70 signers of the Founding of Arichat Parish, Cape Breton.

Transcription: 70 signers of the Founding of Arichat Parish, Cape Breton.

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Spread the love…            Following is the transcription of the short biographies of the 70 signers of the founding of Arichat Parish, Cape Breton, as originally translated by Lena Samson in 2006.   The 70 signers of the Founding of Arichat Parish, Cape read on…


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The sinking of the White Ship.

The sinking of the White Ship.

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Spread the love…           Several of my children’s ancestors were among the hundreds who perished in the sinking of the White Ship off Barfleur, France in 1120 – often seen as a 12th century comparison to the sinking of the Titanic. read on…


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Isaac Shelby

False portraits: In genealogy, don’t take portraits at face value.

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Spread the love…           I happened upon this article on the Library and Archives Canada Blog a while back and was surprised to learn just how prevalent false portraits really are.   Although I have been aware that some portraits were read on…


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A primer on cemetery research to find ancestors.

A primer on cemetery research to find ancestors.

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Spread the love…            I’ve always loved gravestone and cemetery research to find ancestors.   Although I do most of my genealogical research via the internet, and in a very small amount via snail mail, there is something visceral about visiting read on…


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Transcription: Letter regarding the disappearance of Richard Kellar / Keller.

Transcription: Letter regarding the disappearance of Richard Kellar / Keller.

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Spread the love…           The following is my transcription of a photocopy of Stanley Kellar’s letter regarding the disappearance of Richard Kellar and his relationship to those mentioned in the last will and testament of James Harvey Kellar, of which Richard read on…


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