Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Edward Stratton, Jr.

Bermuda Hundred historical plaque.

Following is the transcription of the Last Will and Testament of Edward Stratton, Jr. of Bermuda Hundred, Virginia, 9th great grandfather to our children.   In the name of God Amen. I Edward Stratton of ye County of Henrico being sick and weak in Body but of sound and perfect memory doe make & ordaine this …

Transcription: Obituary for Leonard Scott Keefer of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Leonard Scott Keefer Sr.

Obituary for Leonard Scott Keefer ___________________ SCOTT KEEFER PASSES AWAY. Scott Keefer died at his home in this city last Saturday morning about nine o’clock, aged 73 years, 3 months and 12 days. While his health had been failing gradually for the last two or three years, it was not until about New Year, when …

Henrico County Rent Roll of April 1705.

Wilton House Museum, Henrico, Virginia

  The following is the transcription of the Henrico County, Virginia Rent Roll of April 1705. Featured image: Wilton House Museum, Henrico, Virginia. (The number following the name indicates the acreage held.)       Andrews, Thomas – 396 Ascouth, Mary – 633 Adkins, Jno – 125 Archer, Jno – 335 Archer, Geo – 1738 Aldy, …

Incredible stories of the people who lived the longest.

Jeanne Louise Calment, 1895

It is very likely that every person has a close or somewhat distant relative that lived longer than 90. This is not surprising, and almost normal in many families, especially for generations born in the first quarter of the 20th century. The oldest know person was Jeanne Louise Calment, from France. She died at the …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 28 Jul 2016.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions

  The following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 28 Jul 2016. Featured image above: Holstentor (old town gate) in Lübeck, Germany. FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 28 Jul 2016.   Australia Australia, Tasmania, Migrant Files, 1945-1968 Czechoslovakia Czech Republic Land Records, 1450-1889 Ecuador Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 France France, Seine-Maritime, Rouen, …

The Battle of the Somme was fought above and below ground.

Battle of the Somme was fought above and below ground.

  Trench warfare – where opposing forces faced each other across battle grounds in trenches and sought to advance on one another to gain ground – is a well known aspect of the First World War.   What is less well known is the underground battle being fought simultaneously. The Battle of the Somme is noted for …

Transcription: Biography of Susannah Hart Shelby

Fort Boonesborough

  Biography of Susannah Hart Shelby   SHELBY (Susannah Hart) fl. 1779-84   (Featured image above: Fort Boonesborough: Nathaniel Hart was a member of the Transylvania Company and one of the original settlers at Boonesborough in 1775, having helped construct the fort there. Col. Isaac Shelby, after the capture of Cornwallis, went out to Kentucky in 1782 …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 28 Jun 2016.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 28 Jun 2016.

  The following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 28 Jun 2016. Featured Image: Copenhagen, Denmark, 19th century. FamilySearch.org updates and additions.   Australia Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration (District Registers), 1839-1938 Brazil Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977 Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014 Denmark Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index …