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Unknown Soldiers: DNA technology makes it possible for their remains to be identified.

Unknown Soldiers: DNA technology makes it possible for their remains to be identified.

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Unknown soldiers can be identified!

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More than 83,000 US service members lost since the start of WWII are still missing, according to a representative of the Department of Defence. Several lie in forgotten graves on the battlefield and below memorials offering no clue to their identities.

New techniques in DNA technology may mean we have seen the last burial of an unknown soldier. In offices and laboratories across the country and archaeological sites scattered across continents, groups of investigators and scientists comb the remains of the past for lost defenders.

In the US, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), based in Honolulu, Hawaii, and also the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), based in Arlington, Virginia keep case files on each missing sailor, soldier, Marine and airman.

Researchers at JPAC and DPMO establish possible sites of remains. A team of archaelogists visited North Korea in 2004 and located skeletal remains of thirty individuals tossed haphazardly into a mass grave close to Chosin Reservoir. They shipped the bones to JPAC in Honolulu, where the bones were used to find gender, age, ancestry, and distinguishing marks. The process can take anywhere from two weeks to one year, depending on the existing backlog. Frustratingly, the original sample may not be enough and in that case, they must restart from the beginning.

For the remains whose DNA is successfully processed, the researchers will try and match them with DNA samples taken from thousands of possible family members.

Two of my great uncles, Private Joseph Philias Albert Emery and Private Joseph Turmaine, were reported missing in action in WWI and I would be thrilled to have their remains recovered.


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The great ‘Golden Rules of Genealogy’ at a glance.

The great ‘Golden Rules of Genealogy’ at a glance.

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This image listing some wonderful golden rules of genealogy was recently posted on the Facebook page for  gotgenealogy.com. They are all rules that promote common courtesy and consideration among genealogy researchers, but they also provide common sense guidelines to ensure best practices for those exchanging genealogical information, and promote being as thorough and accurate as possible while still leaving the ‘clues’ available for making new genealogical discoveries.

Golden Rules of Genealogy

 


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

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

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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 of consequence is why I use wildcard symbols in place of characters I can’t quite make out or understand in the original or copy I’m working from. It ensures the reader knows there is doubt and if it’s important to them and their research, they’ll look for and consult the original.

The Old Monk

A new monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help the other monks in copying the old texts by hand.

He notices, however, that they are copying copies, not the original books. So, the new monk goes to the head monk to ask him about this. He points out that if there were an error in the first copy, that error would be continued in all of the other copies.

The head monk says “We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son.” So, he goes down into the cellar with one of the copies to check it against the original.

Hours later, nobody has seen him. So, one of the monks goes downstairs to look for him. He hears a sobbing coming from the back of the cellar, and finds the old monk leaning over one of the original books crying. He asks what’s wrong.

The old monk sobs, “The word is celebrate.”


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Transcription: David D. Shelby, “Men and Women in America”

Transcription: David D. Shelby, “Men and Women in America”

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Following is my transcription of the biography of David D. Shelby from “Men and Women in America.”

SHELBY, David D.:

United States circuit judge; born in Madison County, Ala., Oct. 24, 1847 ; son of Dr. David and Mary (Boulding) Shelby. He studied law in Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., was admitted to the bar in 1870, and practised at Huntsville, Ala., until appointed by President McKinley, March 2, 1899, judge of the U.S. Circuit Court for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, in which office he is still serving. Judge Shelby was formerly active in politics as a Republican leader, was a member of the Alabama Senate, 1882-18834, and was the Republican nominee for chief justice of Alabama in 1886. He married in Huntsville, Ala., in 1872, Annie Davis. Address: Huntsville, Ala.

Men and women of America.
1910.

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Transcription: Coon family reunion article; “The Newark Advocate” of August 21, 1937.

Transcription: Coon family reunion article; “The Newark Advocate” of August 21, 1937.

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Article regarding the Coon family reunion in “The Newark Advocate” of August 21, 1937.

 

Coon Reunion.

Coon; Reunion Article; The Newark Advocate; August 21, 1937
Coon; Reunion Article; The Newark Advocate; August 21, 1937

The 12th annual Coon reunion was held in ”Roadside park” Utica, Sunday, with 38 relatives and friends present. During the business meeting, in charge of the president, Fred Cullison, the following officers were elected for the coming year: President. Clive Davis, Utica; vice president. Cary Coon, Hanover; secretary-treasurer, Paulme Barcus, Mt. Vernon. . Following the picnic dinner, a short program was given. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. John Coon. Mrs. Sara Devoll, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cullison. Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Roberts and daughters Betty, Marie and Lois. Mr. and Mrs. John Holland of Columbus, Mr. and Mrs. Logan Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Clive Davis and children, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Stradley and children, Garland Moreland. Cary Barcus. Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Clark. Mr. and Mrs Finley Holton. Mr. and Mrs. William Hunter and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Francis and children, Vernon Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Marmie and children. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Marmie. Ralph Daugherty; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Devoll. and John Speers, Cambridge: Mr. and Mrs. Guy Smith. Raymond Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Ora Holton and children. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Marmie and children. Mr. and Mrs. Cary Coon: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Day and son. Mt Vernon; Harold and Edna Hupp. Margaret Keyser. Cambridge: Mr. and Mrs. Ray Barcus and daughters. Mt. Vernon: Gale and Albert Earley. Utica. The meeting next year will be held in the same place.

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DNA: The best hard drive on earth.

DNA: The best hard drive on earth.

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It turns out DNA is the best storage medium there is on Earth. Nothing beats it. Think about it, all the directions that make you up are stored on tiny proteins that are hard to see even with a microscope. The human genome (all of those directions controlling your eye color, hair color, height, skin) contains between 25,000 and 30,000 genes. That’s a ton of information compressed down into these microscopic structures.

 

Let’s put into perspective just how much data DNA can hold?

Consider this fact: one gram of DNA can hold the same amount of information as 14,000 Blu-ray discs! (One gram is about how much a paperclip weighs!)

What’s even more incredible is how long information in DNA can be saved. In 2008, Scientists discovered a human femur bone washed up alongside a river in Siberia. Six years later, that bone was finally analyzed to learn how old it actually was. Turns out it came from a man who lived and died over 45,000 years earlier. The actual DNA, still preserved in that fossil, confirmed his age.

So DNA is a material that can hold mind boggling amounts of data for ridiculously long periods of time.

Now think about your own DNA with the thousands of genes it contains, all of which combined make up who you are.

But DNA is not just useful as you develop, it can actually be decoded to learn about who you are. There are genetic tests for genealogy and ancestry and others that can help you uncover your body’s natural strengths when it comes to fitness.

Science is still decoding the complex workings of how all those proteins interact with each other, so it’s fair to say there’s much more to your code than anyone yet realizes.

However, DNA is also reactive to the environment around it and can degrade over time.  All these minor environmental chinks in your genetic armor could, over time, affect your health. This is why it is important to secure and store your DNA, just like the data you would keep safe on a hard drive.

Getting a sample of your DNA stored as early possible means it will be in its purest form and may be more useful for medical advances in the years to come.

By understanding that DNA is nature’s best possible hard drive, scientists are now working hard to transform it into the hard drive for our future.

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To learn more, visit http://www.dnaspectrum.com.

Source: DNA Is the Best Hard Drive on Earth


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Transcription: German Pioneers of the Ship Mortonhouse

Transcription: German Pioneers of the Ship Mortonhouse

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Transcription of a passenger list of German pioneers of the ship Mortonhouse, including Ulrich Croll.

German pioneers of the ship Mortonhouse
German pioneers of the ship Mortonhouse

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Mortonhouse 1729

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Sworn Before the Governour in Council, 19th August 1729. Cleared from Deal in Great Britain. James Coultas.

Rt Charles

“At the Courthouse of Philadelphia, August 19th, 1729, … A List was presented of the Names of Seventy five Palatines, who with their families, making in all about One hundred & Eighty persons, were imported here in the Ship Mortonhouse, James Coults, Mr., from Rotterdam, but last from Deal, as by Clearance thence dated 21st of June last.” From Minutes of the Provincial Council, printed in Colonial Records, Vol. III, p. 367.

[List 9 B] Palatines imported in the ship Mortonhouse, Jas Coultas, Mr, from Rotterdam, but last from Deal p. Clearance thence, dated 21st June 1729. Subscribed this Declaration 19th Augt. 1729.

Carl Ernst Musselbach                         Jakob Crebil
Georg Threhr [Dreher]                        Henrich Schlengeluf
Johan Philip Ranck                              Henrich Gunter
Hans Műller                                           Hans Uldric (H) Vry
Kunradt Wőrntz                                    Christ (O) Vry
Casper (X) Dorest                                 Jacob (O) Bowman
Dielman Kolb                                         Johan Nicolas Prietschler
Hans Michel Frőlich                             Johannes Műller
Michael Borst                                         Jacob (O) Obere
Johannes Hoock                                    David Montandon
Roedolp (X) Moor                                 Peter Weger
Hans Jacob (O) Roodlys                      Valentine (/) Ficus
Uldric (X) Root                                      Adam Orth
Nicolaas (O) Peffell                               Hanns Michel Heider
Heinrich Dubs                                       Johannes Reis
Mr. (X) Meli [?]                                     Johann Stephen Rumer
Henrich Blim                                         Gőrg Adam Wedel
Hans Ullrich Hűber                              Ulrich (/) Croll
Christ (B) Baown                                   Adolph Schombach
Christ (C) Kroll                                      Conrad (O) Kilner
Hendk. (H) Werner                               Johannes (/) Binkler
Gerhard Műller                                      Michel Weber
Andres Mys                                             Rudolff Walder

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Transcription: Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 – Beaven to Eyre

Transcription: Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 – Beaven to Eyre

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The following is my transcription of the Pennsylvania Church and Town Records dated between 1708 and 1985, for surnames Beavan to Eyre (in alphabetical order).

 

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Pennsylvania Church and Town Records

CHESTER FRIENDS CEMETERY

On the west side of Edgmont Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets, Chester, Pa.

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PENNSYLVANIA CHURCH AND TOWN RECORDS

Beavan, Ann

Died February 18 1768 Aged

Grave No.

39

Beavan, Aubray

Died February 12 1761 Aged 56 years

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40

Beavan, Jane

Died

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52

Bond, Benjamin

Died June 27 1858 Aged 76 years

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98

Bond, Margaret

Died February 28 185- Aged 72 years

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99

Brobson, Rebecca

Born the 23rd of 10 month 1790

Died the 3rd of 5 month 1864

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106

Brobson, William

12-18-1785; 12-30-1858

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105

Burk, Emeline T.

Died

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43

Byre, Abigail

Born Jun 6 1786 Died July 9 1858

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115

Byre, Elizabeth

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112

Byre, Jacob

Died August 20 1826

In the 83rd year of his age

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Byre, Jacob

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116

Cobourn, Tacey

11-6-1813; 11-14-1848

47

Chestnut, Lizzie L.

Daughter of John and Phoebe J. Chestnut

Born June 7 1861 Died January 10 1880

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139

Chestnut, Mamie A. Lane

Daughter of John and Anna Chestnut

Died August 8 1860 Aged 15 months

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137

Churchman, Sally B.

Wife of Jesse M. Eyre

Born September 20 1813 Died March 21 1846

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Cowpland, Caleb Esq.

Who departed this life the 12th day of

the 10th month 1757 in the 67th year

of his age

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16

Cowpland, Sarah

Wife of Caleb Cowpland Died

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17

Davis, Carolina

Born September 21 1830 Died April 1 1852

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128

Davis, Susanna

Born July 26 1837 Died March 20 1852

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127

Dick, Thomas B. Esq.

Who departed this life April 21 A.D.1811

Aged 43 years 1 month

Draper, Richard H.

Born September 28 185- Died November 12

1851

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135

Dyer, William

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Engle, Joseph

Died October 8 1857 Aged 88 years

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130

Engle, Susanna

Wife of Joseph Engle

Died July 15 1253 Aged 75 years

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129

Eyre, Abigail

Died

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63

Eyre, Arabella

Daughter of William & Susan Eyre

Died

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48

Eyre, Elizabeth

Wife of Jonas P. Eyre

Born the 1st month 13 1813 Died

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134

Eyre, Jane

Died

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65

Eyre, Jonas P.

Born October 25 17- Died

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132

Eyre, Joshua

Son of David W. and Mary P. Eyre

Died the 2nd Month 25 1856

Aged 9 months and 17 days

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133

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Transcription: Obituary for General George Cadwalader

Transcription: Obituary for General George Cadwalader

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Following is the transcription of the obituary for General George Cadwalader, published in the Bucks County Gazette on Thursday, February, 6, 1879.

 

Obituary; General George Cadwalader
Obituary for General George Cadwalader

General George Cadwalader died in Philadelphia, on Monday afternoon, in the seventy-third year of his age, from an attack resembling apoplexy, with which he was seized on Sunday night. He was a brother of Judge Cadwalader, who died on Sunday week, and was the last of the five sons of General Thomas Cadwalader. The deceased was born in Philadelphia, in 1806, engaged in mercantile business, and filled the position of President of the Mutual Insurance Company for a third of a century. He served gallantly in the Mexican War as well as in the Slaveholders’ Rebellion, and distinguished himself in both positions. His record is one of the best which he can safely leave behind as a grand inheritance to his family and friends.

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All data for Leonard Scott Keefer and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.

 

 


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Transcriptions: Researched ‘puzzle pieces’, a family story makes: William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

Transcriptions: Researched ‘puzzle pieces’, a family story makes: William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

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Following are my transcriptions of numerous newspaper clippings regarding William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia.

 

WILLIAM ARCHER SR. (grandfather)

 

William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia October 29, 1767
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

October 29, 1767 (Virginia Patriot, Richmond, Virginia, pg. 4)

STRAYED or STOLEN from Bermuda Hundred the last of January, a light bay horse about five years old, 4 feet nine or 10 inches high, a few white ??? on his forehead, and branded on the rear buttock WK in a piece. Whoever delivers the said horse to me living in Amelia County, shall have 20 shillings reward.

William Archer

 

Archer, William; March 21, 1806
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

March 21, 1806 (Enquirer, Richmond, Virginia, pg. 1)

FOR SALE,

A TRACT OF LAND, in the county of Amelia, containing 800 acres, within one mile of the Court House, about forty from Manchester, and the same from Petersburg. There is a most excellent ?and for a Tavern on this land. A credit of one, two and three years, will be given for the greater part of the purchase money. The subscriber also offers for sale, about twenty negroes, consisting of men, women and children. A credit of twelve months will be given; and could they be sold in families, I would allow a credit of two years.

WILLIAM ARCHER.

Powhatan, March 14

 

WILLIAM ARCHER (Grandson)

 

Archer, William; September 2, 1806
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

September 2, 1806 (Enquirer, Richmond, Virginia, pg. 1)

SCOTTVILLE JOCKEY CLUB.

The races will commence at this place, on Thursday the 18th of September, free for any horse, mare or gelding — weights as usual.

1st Day. — Three mile heats, for the amount of the subscription, after deducting contingent charges — say, about one hundred pounds.

2nd Day. — The proprietors purse, two mile heats — half the amount of the first day.

3rd Day. — An handy cap purse — two mile heats, for an elegant gig.

WILLIAM ARCHER, Sec’ry to the Club.

Powhatan, Court House, August 29. (ep9w.)

 

Archer, William; April 12
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

April 12, 1808 (Virginia Gazette and General Advertiser, Richmond, Virginia, Vol. XXL, Issue 1554, Pg. 1)

Cash Sales.

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TO BE SOLD for ready money, at the front door of the Eagle Tavern, on Tuesday the 10th day of May next, by virtue of a deed of trust executed to the subscribers by David Ross, Esq. on the 28th day of November, in the year 1804, and recorded in the General Court, for the purposes therein mentioned.

One certain tract of Land in the county of Chesterfield, containing by estimation 645 acres, be the ssame more or less, commonly called Chester-Hill, together with the Lands appertaining thereto, as a moiety of a certain tract of Land adjoining, called Auburn Chase, in the whole 645 acres, being the same land conveyed by Ben. Mosby to the said David Ross by deed, bearing date the day of . The necessary conveyances will be made to the purchaser or purchasers on the paymen of the purchase money.

E. W. ROOTES, | Trus-

WILSON ALLEN, | tees.

Richmond, April 8th, 1808.

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PURSUANT to an Act of Assembly authorizing the Sale of the Glebe Land of Southam Parish, Powhatan County.

The undersigned Commissioner will offer for sale for Cash, the aforesaid Glebe Tract, on the premises, on Saturday the 28th day of May next. — The money arising from the sale, will, agreeably to the said act, be put to Interest, which Interest is to be paid annually to the Rev. John H. Saunders, the present incumbent.

DABNEY M. WHARTON,

EDWARD JOHNSON,

WILLIAM BENTLEY,

,WILLIAM HICKMAN,

SAML. H. SAUNDERS,

WILLIAM ARCHER, and

WILLIAM POPE,

Comm’rs.

April 7th, 1808. 6 wks.

 

Archer, William; August 23, 1811, Norfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger, (Norfolk, VA), Page 3.pdf 2014-04-02 10-21-22
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

August 23, 1811 (Norfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger, Norfolk, Virginia, Pg. 3)

At a Chancery District Court held in Williamsburg; the 16th day of July, 1811.

William Arthurs, Plaintiff, against

Thomas Archer, Lucy Archer, William Archer, John Archer, Susan Archer, and Sally Archer, heirs of Abraham Archer, deceased, the said Susan and Sally Archer being infants by Thomas Archer their guardian, assigned to defend them,

Defendants.

The bill in this cause having by an order entered therein on the twenty-fifth day of April last, been taken for confessed, as to the defendants Thomas, Lucy, William and John Archer, and the said defendants having been served with a copy of the said order, and failing to appear and answer the said bill, and the cause coming on by consent to be heard as to the defendants Susan and Sarah Archer on the bill, their answer, and the exhibits, the court on consideration thereof, doth adjudge, order, and decree, that Corbin Griffin, Thomas Griffin, and Francis Page, or any two of them, after giving four weeks previous notice of the time and place of sale, in one of the Norfolk newspapers and at the door of the Court-House in the town of York, do make sale of the houses and lots in the bill mentioned, lying in the town of York, at public auction, for ready money, and out of the proceeds of the sale after discharging the expenses thereof, pay unto the plaintiff the sum of seventy-one pounds with interest thereon, to be computed after the rate of six per centum per annum, from the eleventh day of October, 1804, till paid, and his costs by him expended in the prosecution of this suit, and divide the surplus thereof, if any, into six equal parts, and pay unto each of the defendants one sixth part thereof, and report their proceedings to the court in order to a final decree.

A copy,

EDMUND CHRISTIAN, c. c.

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In obedience to the foregoing decree, we shall, on Monday, the 16th day of September next, before the Swan Tavern in the Town of York, proceed to sell to the highest bidder, the property mentioned in the decree foregoing, and on the terms mentioned in said decree. This property is worthy the attention of a person wanting a family residence, the improvements on the lots are a two story frame Dwelling House, ?0 by 25 feet, a Kitchen and Dairy, with a garden enclosed and front year ; the situation is elevated and dry, lying on the banks of York river, pleasant and healthy in summer ; there are no buildings contiguous to this tenement which can either render its situation confined or the houses liable to fire ; on, this lot it is believed that a valuable spring of water may be opened near the building.

Signed Corbin Griffin,

Thomas Griffin,

Francis Page.

York Town, August 23, 1811. 4w

 

Archer, William; November 1, 1811, Virginia Patriot, (Richmond, VA), Page 1.pdf
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

November 1 and 29, 1811 (Virginia Patriot, Richmond, Virginia; Pg. 1 and Pg. 4)

VIRGINIA

At a Superior Court of Chancery, holden at the capitol, in the city of Richmond, the 2nd day of Sept. 1811.

Mathew Mosby, Martha F. Mosby, Thomas Jones, and Elizabeth his wife, late Elizabeth Mosby, which said Mathew, Martha F. and Elizabeth are children of the late Elizabeth Mosby, who was formerly Elizabeth Archer, – – – – – – Plt’s.

AGAINST

John Brander, administrator of Mary Archer, deceased; William Archer, and Blackman Mosby, – – – – – – Def’ts.

The defendant Blackman Mosby not having entered his appearance and given security according to the Act of Assembly and the rules of this court, and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court, that he is not an inhabitant of this country : On motion of the plaintiffs by their counsel, It is ordered, That the said defendant do appear here on the first day of the next term and answer the bill of the plaintiffs ; and that a copy of this order be forthwith inserted in some newspaper published in the city of Richmond for two months successively, and posted at the front door of the capitol in the said city. A copy — Teste,

wgt W.d: W. HENING, c. c.

 

Archer, William; January 11, 1812, Enquirer, (Richmond, VA), Page 4.pdf 2014-04-02 10-23-49January 11, 1812 (Enquirer, Richmond, Virginia, Pg. 4)

By virtue of a Deed of Trust executed to me by Sherley Eggleston, of the county of Amelia, for the purpose of securing a debt therein r???ed to be due to William Archer of Powhatan, will be sold for cash, at Amelia courthouse, on Saturday, the 11th of January, two negroes, called Katy and Isbell, the property of the said Eggleston.

W. S. ARCHER.

Dec. 21. ???

 

Archer, William; May 4, 1814, Virginia Patriot, (Richmond, VA),.pdf
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

May 4, 1814 (Virginia Patriot, Richmond, Virginia)

Members elected to serve in the next Legislature of Virginia.

Warwick — William Garrow, John Jones

Powhatan — William Archer, William Crump

Cumberland — John Hatcher, German Baker

Prince Edward — Wm. Booker, Wm. Lindsey

Norfolk Borough — Miles King, Jr.

_________ County — C. B. Poindexter, M. Cooke

King & Queen — Humphrey Walker, W. R. Roane

Essex — Laurence Muse, Musco Garnett

Dinwiddie — John Pegram, John Watkins

Greensville — Thomas Spencer, J. M. Jeffries

Mecklenburg — John C. Goode, Arm. Burwell

Lunenburg — Robert Chappell, S. Niblett

Sussex — William Parham, Nathaniel Cargill

Culpeper — Zeph. Turner, John S. Barbour

Fauquier — Thomas Marshall, Thonton Buckner

Prince William — Red Foster, James E. North

Charles City — John Tyler, Benjamin Harrison

Pittsylvania — Rawleigh White, William Walton

Amherst — David S. Garland, Hill Garter

Campbell — Jesse Burton, Wm. J. Lewis

Henry — Robert Hairston, Robert Allen

Goochland — J. W. Bates, John Underwood

York — Robert G. Scott, Robert Pescud

 

Archer, William; October 29, 1814, Virginia Patriot, (Richmond, VA), Page 4.pdf
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

October 29, 1814 (Virginia Patriot, Richmond, Virginia, Pg. 4)

A petition was presented and read of William and Henry Heth, praying to be paid the sums of money at which two slaves (viz. one named Cyrus Archer, the property of the said Archer, and one named Dick, the property of the said Heath) were valued by the court of Chesterfield county, which sentenced them to death for the crime of burglary ; it appearing that the said slaves have broken jail, and escaped from custody, and have not sice been re-taken ; in consequence whereof the Auditor has refused to give the petitioners, respectively, warrants on the treasury :

Ordered, that the said petion be referred to the Committee of Claims ; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

 

Archer, William; November 9, 1814, Virginia Patriot, (Richmond, VA), Page 4.pdf 2014-04-02 10-54-02
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

November 9, 1814 (Virginia Patriot, Richmond, Virginia, Pg. 4)

It appears also to your committee, from the petition and evidence of William Archer and Harry Heth, that two negro men, their slaves, were condemned to be hanged by the county court of Chesterfield on the charge of burglary ; that they were each valued at four hundred dollars ; that before the day of execution they broke jail & have never been heard of since ; and that they made application in due form to the Auditor for their values, which was refused by him, in consequence of their not being actually executed :

2. Resolved, therefore as the opinion of this committee, that the petition of William Archer and Harry Heth, praying compensation for the value of the aforesaid slaves, and interest thereon from the time of the sentence of the court for their execution, is reasonable.

 

Archer, William; March 6, 1816, Virginia Argus, (Richmond, VA), Volume I, Issue 99, Page 4.pdf Archer, William; March 6, 1816, Virginia Argus, (Richmond, VA), Volume I, Issue 99, Page 4.pdf
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

March 6, 1816 (Virginia Argus, Richmond, Virginia, Vol. I, Pg. 4)

NOTICE.

THE SUBSCRIBERS,

UNDER THE FIRM OF

A R C H E R S & A N D E R S O N ,

Will hereafter carry on the

COAL BUSINESS

(VERY EXTENSIVELY.)

Lately conducted by Wm. & Branch Archer, alone

Our OFFICE will be kept on D. Street, near the Bason.

WILLIAM ARCHER,

BRANCH T. ARCHER,

HENRY ANDERSON.

Feb. 3. — 6t.

 

Archer, William; April 24, 1816
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

April 24, 1816 (American Beacon, Norfolk, Virginia, Vol. II, Issue 65, Pg. 3)

STATE ELECTIONS

DELEGATES

Powhatan — William Archer, Collin Clarke.*

Fairfax — ______ Thompson.* ______ Peake.*

Essex — Henry Lattaine, Robert Garnett.*

* New Members.

 

Archer, William; J. P. Cocke; July 5, 1822, Enquirer, (Richmond, VA), Volume XIX, Issue 17, Page 4.pdf 2014-04-02 10-22-14
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

July 5, 1822 (Enquirer, Richmond, Virginia, Vol. XIX, Issue 17, Pg. 4)

In Amelia County Court, May 23, 1822.

WILLIAM A. BAIRD and Avarilla his wife, formerly Avarilla Stringer, one of the children and distributees of Daniel Stringer, dec., Complainants,

Against

James P. Cocke, sheriff of Amelia county, and as such adm’or of Daniel Stringer, elec. James Stringer, William Striner, Daniel Stringer, Armistead Stringer, John Stringer, Polly Stringer, Rebecca Stringer, William Smith and Betsy his wife, formerly Betsy Stringer, which said James, William, Daniel, Armistead, John, Polly, Rebecca and Betsy are children and distributees of Daniel Stringer, deceased, Defendants.

The defendants William Stringer, Daniel Stringer and Armistead Stringer, not having entered their appearance and given securitGy according to the act of Assembly, and rules of this court, and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court, that they are not inhabitants of this commonwealth : On the motion of the complainants by William S. Archer, Esq. their counsel, It is ordered, That the said defendants do appear here on the fourth Thursday in August next, and order be forthwith inserted in someone of the newspapers printed in Richmond or Petersburg for two months successively, and that another copy be posted at the front door of the Courthouse on two successive court days.

Copy — Teste J. T. LEIGH, Clk.

June 4. 8 — w8wII

Archer, William; October 11, 1822, Enquirer, (Richmond, VA), Volume XIX, Issue 45, Page 3.pdf 2014-04-02 10-42-28
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

October 11, 1822 (Enquirer, Richmond, Virginia, Vol. XIX, Issue 45, Pg. 3)

Departed this life on Sunday the 7th of Oct. at his residence in Powhatan county, WILLIAM ARCHER, Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st Regiment of Cavalry, in the 42d year of his age.

He was the eldest son of Major Peter F. Archer, and grandson of Colonel Wm. Archer of Amelia county. William Archer had ??????? represented the county of Powhatan for the last 1? years and his popularity in that county was so well established that he never lost an election. A kind master, a fond husband, an affectionate parent, and a steadfast friend : he ?????? to a quick and strong sense of injustice a geneality of temper and a limitless courage that would have ???? honor to the ??????????? of chivalry.

The tears of the poor for their benefactor, and the solemn and sad recollections of his acquaintance on the loss of their friend, are the best ??????????? on his ????????. He is gone : and ?? he had any of the failings of humanity they were ?? ??????????? so allied to the good qualities of his nature that in him they seemed to s?? ??? and ????? his ??? ?????? as appropriate virtues.

????? ?? ?? ?????: The man who sketches this frail memorial of his worth, has known him long and well, and owes him much : ?? ??? the ????? principle ????? cease ?? ?????, ??? memory shall fail to recollect amidst the long ????? of his future life, the gentle ???????????? manners and devoted friendship of William Archer.

?? ?????????? in Essex county on Saturday the ???? of September Miss REBECCA TAYLOR BEVERLEY, second daughter of Mr. Robert Beverley of that place.

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The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.

 

 


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

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

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The following is my transcription of the last Will and Testament of Ann Stone of Wyke Regis, Dorset.

 

Will of Ann Stone of Wyke Regis, Dorset
Ann Stone of Wyke Regis, Dorse

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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 Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty five First I will and ????? that all my just debts funeral and testamentary ??????? and the charges of proving this my Will be paid out of my residuary  personal estate hereinafter mentioned I give and bequeath unto and equally in between my daughters Jand Drew Harris wife of ????? Harris of Weymouth and Wycombe Regis in the said County Brewer and Mary Ann Golyear Ingram wife of Robert Ingram of the same place linen draper all that interment or policy of ?????????? under the hands of the three of the directors ???? ??????? called the ????? ????????? Company bearing ???? the ninth day of October one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight and numbered 8606 whereby the said Society have assured unto me my executors administrators or assigns the sum of one thousand pounds in the event of my death to add the said sum of one thousand pounds together in with all accumulations and benefit arising or to arise from the said policy unto the said Jane Drew Harris and Mary Ann Golyear Ingram their executors administrators and assignes in equal proportion as tenants in common and not as joint tenants to and for their sole and separate use and benefit free from the debts control or engagements of their husbands and their receipts for the same shall be sufficient discharges notwithstanding their ???ertures all the ???? and Residue of my personal estate and efforts whatsoever and wheresoever money and securities for money rents due at the time of my decease and furniture ??????? nevertheless to the payment of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and charges of proving this my Will I give and bequeath unto and equally between my son Charles John Stone of the Town and County of Poole Tailor and the said Jane Drew Harris and Mary Ann Golyear Ingram their executors administrators and assigns as tenants in common and not as joint tenants and I hereby nominate and appoint my said daughters Jane Drew Harris and Mary Ann Golyear Ingram joint Executrixes this my will hereby revoking all former and other Wills by me made and do declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year first before written — Ann Stone — Signed by the Testatrix Ann Stone as and for her Will in the pressence of us present at the same time who in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses thereto — George Arden ??? Weymouth — Francis March his Clerk.

Proved at London 8th July 1845 before the Judge by the oaths of Jane Drew Harris wife of Gary Harris and Mary Ann Golyear Ingram wife of Robert Ingram the daughter the executrixes to whome ????? was granted have been first sworn by Comon duly to administer.

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The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.

 


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Indecipherable inscriptions on centuries old tombstones revealed using 3D technology.

Indecipherable inscriptions on centuries old tombstones revealed using 3D technology.

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Stuart, Erin and Alan Melanson in graveyard.
Erin and Stuart sit through an enthralling tale told by fellow ‘Melanson’ cousin, Alan Melanson.

This new technology is so very exciting to me. I’ve found that the information that proves to be most valuable from tombstones is that found on those from before 1850.

After 1850, most of the information is available in accessible records. Although there are records prior to 1850, the information on them is minimal at best. The earlier US censuses are the best example because the censuses prior only provide the full name of the head of the family and age ranges of spouses, children and others. This leaves a wide margin for error that is much narrower in later censuses that reveal names, ages, birth years, immigration data, occupations and relationships to the head of the household.

In a previous post, I described the fun my family and I had ‘tombstone hunting’ in Nova Scotia. We made a point of stopping at as many graveyards as possible and taking photos and transcriptions of the tombstones that had related surnames. The most memorable graveyard we visited was that of the well known “Graveyard Tour” at Fort Anne in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Our tour guide was a fellow Melanson family member and his knack of weaving entertaining and enthralling stories was evident as he led us through the maze of tombstones, recounting the most scandalous and mysterious tales. Several of these tombstones from the 1600s and 1700s were unreadable and this new 3D technology seems to be the answer to discovering and recording many of the actual transcriptions.

Grant Aylesworth, a Mount Allison anthropology professor, and the Government of New Brunswick’s archaeological services division are now reading the inscriptions on those illegible grave markers from the 1700s, using this new 3D software technology. The software derives the inscriptions from digital images of these tombstones. The innovative technology is freely available and is easy to learn and implement, although attempts are being made to streamline the process to encourage others to explore these old tombstones and recover as many inscriptions as possible.


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Are our worst fears about the use and sharing of DNA data coming true?

Are our worst fears about the use and sharing of DNA data coming true?

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With the rapid expansion and availability of DNA services, there has been a vocal backlash from those who fear the use and sharing of DNA data for purposes contrary to personal rights such as privacy.

 

Sharing DNA data.
The risks of  use and sharing of DNA data.

The possibility of our DNA information being easily made available to the government, insurance agencies, police, military, etc. could have serious personal, employment and financial consequences.
Now I learn that Ancestry.com has been making DNA data available to the police in their ongoing criminal investigations.

According to the Police Zero website, “Police investigating the 1996 murder of Angie Dodge targeted the wrong man as the suspect, after looking to Ancestry.com owned Sorensen Database labs for help. The labs look for familial matches between the murderers DNA and DNA submitted for genealogical testing after failing to find a match using traditional methods.”

Ancestry.com did not respond to questions concerning this practice.
[read more in the Police Zero article…]
UPDATE: See Ancestry.com closes SMGF database due to controversy over murder case.


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Transcription: A List of Children at the State House in Philadelphia; June 19, 1761

Transcription: A List of Children at the State House in Philadelphia; June 19, 1761

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A List of Children at the State House in Philadelphia; June 19, 1761

 

By AUTHORITY.

A LIST of CHILDREN now at the State-Houfe, in Philadelphia, who in the Courfe of the War, were taken Captives from feveral Parts of this Province by the Indians, and have been lately releafed by His Excellency General  A M H E R S T, and fent to this Government, in order to their being delivered up to their Parents, or other Relations, who are hereby d?????? forthwith to come and receive them.

Advertisement re children taken hostage by Indians
Advertisement re children taken hostage by Indians.

NICHOLAS SILVIAS, of Plow-Park.

JOHN MAN, of Marsh-Creek.

FREDERICK PAYER, of Low-Bergen.

ISAAC TOOPLE, taken near Prefque Ifle.

ANNE COON, and MARY WILLIAMS, taken on the Delaware.

Philadelphia, June 19, 1761.

from the Pennsylvania Gazette.

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The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.

 


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Learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.

Learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.

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Transcribing the baptism register from Norfolk, England in my previous post, “Transcription and Translation: Baptism of Elizabeth Stalham and others from the St. George Tombland Church register” was particularly problematic for me, requiring my learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.

 

I am familiar with transcribing in several languages such as German, Swedish, French, etc., even though I do need help from Google Translate.

For this translation, I was able to interpret the text fairly easily, including the months, and the years. At first, I thought there were no days mentioned at all, until I took a closer look and realized there was one small ‘word’ in each entry I couldn’t account for. One thing I did notice was the pattern of repetition within each entry and it’s resemblance to the pattern of repetition to Roman numerals – even if they did appear to be just miscellaneous symbols or text (see image below).

 

Baptism record for Elizabeth Stalham - marked.

 

To confirm my suspicions, I did some research into interpreting Latin dates. It took some time and effort as everything I found at first referred to the date formats used in general, including those used in recording events in genealogy software.

Just as I was about to give up and use my standard ‘????’ in place of the mysterious text since I was unsure of my conclusions, I came upon the following web page that provided the answer I was looking for. They were ‘Reading dates in old English records.’ The following is the verbatim section from the page that specifically provided the answers I was seeking.

The chart below shows some of the different ways numbers may be written.

1 unus, primo, primus, I i
2 duo, secundo, secundus II ij
3 tres, tertio, tertius III iij
4 quattuor, quarto, quartus IV iiij, iv
5 quinque, quinto, quintus V v
6 sex, sexto, sextus VI vi
7 septem, septimo, septimus VII vij
8 octo, octavo, octavus VIII viij
9 novem, nono, nonus IX viiij, ix
10 decem, decimo, decimus X x
11 undecim, undecimo, undecimus XI xi
12 duodecim, duodecimo, duodecimus XII xij
13 tredecim, tertio decimo, tertius decimus XIII xiij
14 quattuordecim, quarto decimo, quartus decimus XIV xiiij, xiv
15 quindecim, quinto decimo, quintus decimus XV xv
16 sedecim, sexto decimo, sextus decimus XVI xvi
17 septendecim, septimo decimo, septimus decimus XVII xvij
18 duodeviginti, octavo decimo, octavus decimus, duodevicesimo, duodevicesimus XVIII xviij
19 undeviginti, nono decimo, nonus decimus, undevicesimo, undevicesimus XIX xviiij, xix
20 viginti, vicesimo, vicesimus, viccesimo, vicessimo, viccessimo XX xx
21 viginti unus, vicesimo primo, vicesimus primus XXI xxi
22 viginti duo, vicesimo secundo, vicemus secundus XXII xxij
23 viginti tres, vicesimo tertio, vicesimus tertius XXIII xxiij
24 viginti quattuor, vicesimo quarto, vicesimus quartus XXIV xxiiij, xxiv
25 viginti quinque, vicesimo quinto, vicesimus quintus XXV xxv
26 viginti sex, vicesimo sexto, vicesimus sextus XXVI xxvi
27 viginti septem, vicesimo septimo, vicesimus septimus XXVII xxvij
28 duodetriginta, vicesimo octavo, vicesimus octavus, duodetricesimo, duodetricesimus XXVIII xxviij
29 undetriginta, vicesimo nono, vicesimus nonus, undetricesimo, undetricesimus XXVIV xxviiij, xxix
30 triginta, tricesimo, tricesimus XXX xxx
31 triginta unus, tricesimo primo, tricesimus primus XXXI xxxi

Numbers may also be written as scores. A score is twenty and is written as XX or xx. If XX is above another number, it would be multiplied by the number under it. Therefore, four score or eighty could be written as XX over IV or xx over iiij as shown below.

XX xx

IV iiij

Sources:

  1. About.com; “Reading and Understanding Old Documents & Records”; Kimberly Powell; http://genealogy.about.com/od/basics/a/old_handwriting.htm.
  2. Family Search; Reading dates in old English records; Document ID: 111804; https://help.familysearch.org/publishing/43/111804_f.SAL_Public.html.


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Google Search history: An unsung top genealogy research tool?

Google Search history: An unsung top genealogy research tool?

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Google recently announced that the Google search history of Google account holders will be available for download by the account holder.

 

Noticing this made me stop and think about just how much I do use the history feature on my browser to find pages I’ve previously visited.

Google Search history downloads.
Google Search history.

The reason?

When doing genealogy research including extracting data and images from pages and saving them to either this website or my genealogy software, it’s all too easy to accumulate several open tabs and windows for ease of use.

One downfall of this, however, is that it is all too easy to inadvertently close tabs or windows earlier than intended and not remembering the page.

My browser history is the first place I go to search for the page and reopen it.

Can you just image being able to do the same for previous searches on Google?

Google search history.
Access your Google search history.

The downloaded database of archived searches can be searched by keyword using the ‘Find’ function in the menu of your chosen database software.

If this fails to turn up the desired search, it’s possible to search via the input of links. Although this may seem very cumbersome and time-consuming, it would be fairly easy to minimize the search time required by only searching in known, specific date ranges when searches took place.

Viewing one’s Google Search history is relatively simple:

  • Go to history.google.com and log in with your Google account.
  • Click the calendar view to take a look at what you searched on any given date.
  • Click the settings button on the top right corner to download the search database.

Items in search can be deleted by checking the box next to them and clicking the ‘remove items’ option.

This procedure exports a list of your searches to Google Drive in a ZIP archive, dividing the files by year and quarter.

For those concerned about the privacy of their online and search activities, it is possible for them to delete all or part of the search record.

To delete your entire search history:

  • Click settings.
  • Select remove items.
  • Pick a time frame.

It is important to note that only Google account holders can see their data.

Google also warns that users should not download their search archive on a public computer to protect their privacy.


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The Knowles Collection: Jewish genealogy database reaches 1 million entry milestone.

The Knowles Collection: Jewish genealogy database reaches 1 million entry milestone.

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The Knowles Collection, the Jewish genealogy database linking generations of Jewish families, has recently reached over 1 million entries.

 

Since it’s inception, this free searchable database at familysearch.org has been growing steadily at an average rate of about 10,000 individuals each month, including Jewish individuals from over 80 nations.

Jewish alter in a synagogue.
Jewish alter in a synagogue.

Genealogy researchers are free to compare their Jewish ancestry with the six different searchable databases in the Knowles collection.

Some of those databases include names and information on Jewish individuals from:

  • British Isles (208,349)
  • Europe (380,637)
  • South Pacific (21,518)
  • South America and the Caribbean (21, 351)
  • North America (489,000).
  • Africa and the Orient (37,618)

These records provide both given names and surnames, dates, places, source citations, notes and links to ancestors.

The most effective and informative searches result from knowing the person’s name, date of birth, and places of residence.

Due to the mobility of the Jewish population in the past, it’s wise to cheque several of the databases to locate your ancestors.

Full instruction on how to effectively find and search these databases are available here.


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British Ancestry: a mixture of genetic DNA from other populations.

British Ancestry: a mixture of genetic DNA from other populations.

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Genetic signatures have been found among Britons that strongly illustrate their historical roots from various locations of the UK, resulting in a highly detailed and descriptive map of genetic variations. The analysis shows clusters of genetic variation within the late 1800s, when the population was less migratory, and reflects historical waves of migration by a variety of groups of people into the island.

 

According to Peter Donnelly, the Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford, England, “The patterns we see are extraordinary. “The genetic effects we’re looking at are the result of, probably, thousands of years of history.”

DNA Map of UK migration.
Each symbol represents an individual at the center of their grandparents’ birthplaces. The tree (top right) DNA map of UK migration shows how the clusters are related. Photo credit: University of Oxford

Today, few Britons have ancestors from only one region of the United Kingdom. Therefore, it’s difficult to find patterns of genetic variation originating from a specific place.

However, the team found Britons that lived in rural areas and knew that their grandparents were all born within less than eighty kilometers. Since the DNA of these people was a blend of their grandparents’ DNA, it was expected that their genetic variations would be from within the geographic regions of their grandparents.

Participants were lumped into groups based specifically on their genetic DNA, and the geography of these groups matched significantly. Those from across central and southern Britain were in the most important cluster. Several groupings within this main group were much more isolated.

Those whose ancestry can be traced back to the archipelago, off the northeast coast of Scotland, fell into three distinct classes. This isolation most likely was a result of the islands creating difficulties in movement among various populations.

As well as the influence of geographic barriers, the overall picture resulted from migrations into and around the UK.

Genomes of people from continental Europe were analysed to gain insight into the scope of their ancestors’ contributions to Britons’ genetic ancestry. The flow of Anglo-Saxons from contemporary Germany into the UK after the departure of the Romans in 410 AD was indicated. Rather than displacing the resident population, they interbred.

Surprisingly, the Vikings, who occupied the UK during the four centuries from 700 AD to 1100 AD, had very little influence on the genetic makeup of Britons.

Britons or those with British heritage may conceivably use their DNA to trace the homelands of their ancestors.

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Sources:

Wikipedia.org; http://www.wikipedia.org.

Callaway, Ewan; UK Mapped out by genetic ancestry; http://www.nature.com/news/uk-mapped-out-by-genetic-ancestry-1.17136


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Security watch: Is virtualization a mistake?

Security watch: Is virtualization a mistake?

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From the standpoint of securing important documents and information, is adopting virtualization a mistake?

As a genealogist, I’m well aware of our dependence on the use of virtualization, computer networks and the internet by governments, businesses and organizations to digitize, store, safeguard, and make available highly valuable documents, publications, etc. The following article by Jesse Troy outlines the concerns.             Christine

Virtualization’s promise started out large, and the concept has taken off like a freight train in the night since around 2005. It’s easy to see why, as the technique allows processes to utilize resources more effectively than was previously the case.

As numerous corporations and government entities utilize the decades-old technology in ever increasing numbers, we should ask ourselves this question.

1. The largest problem is internal to your organization.

Security watch: Is virtualization a mistake?

Virtually all corporations are already swamped with huge amounts of data; jumping on the virtualization train entails the creation of even more assets.

Discovery technology may help you to find what is already hidden in deep, dark corners, but ‘going virtual’ opens up a whole new dimension to your corner space.

This is known as sprawl.

2. Not all discovery tools recognize virtual machines and the data therein contained.

Security watch: Is virtualization a mistake?

When pressed to the wall, it’s possible to put a search team onto the task of locating misplaced, mislabeled, or just plain lost data in the messy data center.

This is not the case where virtual information is concerned.

Like a ghost, it’s not able to be ‘seen’ directly.

3. Unknown assets create an unknown licensing scenario, in which it’s impossible to determine the correct number of licenses to purchase.

Security watch: Is virtualization a mistake?

With automated licensing software – impotent when it comes to handling virtualization – typically in place, IT departments may be ringing up unplanned, and unnecessary costs.

4. Insecure default configurations can manifest.

Multiple

When the ‘blueprint’ for virtualization is created, any problem, including a breachable security issue, is replicated.

Each future virtual machine will have the same bad padlock.

5. When a server can be created with complete ease, the unfortunate fact is that many are then born.

Unattended

Whether born out of necessity or not is another question; followed by that of who maintains that server?

The IT department may be unaware of its existence when it’s created by a non-IT employee.

When that employee leaves the organization, it’s possible that information will wither unattended, essentially departing simultaneously.

6. Communication between different servers with different security clearances on the same machine is possible.

Security

This presents the obvious system vulnerability.

If a hacker gains access to a less secure server, they can readily access information that is meant to be much more secure.

7. When the hypervisor – the software technology manager – is attacked, all the servers under that umbrella are susceptible to infiltration.

Infiltration

Patches must be maintained and kept current. Falling behind on maintaining security updates puts all the information across the board at risk, rather than on a few laggard’s machines.

Although these seven reasons – each pointing out a flaw in the technique – appear to be serious reasons to consider avoiding virtualization, that is not the case.

Each point has a relatively simple solution, such as firewall installation between servers or complete data organization prior to server creation. Confronting the problems before they become security issues is the right approach.

From there, resource utilization results have proven to be superb.

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Transcription: Daily Citizen of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Obituary for Ruth Halbman

Transcription: Daily Citizen of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Obituary for Ruth Halbman

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Obituary for Ruth Halbman

Ruth Halbman ObituaryDaily Citizen
Beaver Dam
August 1, 1996

Ruth Halbman

Ruth Halbman, 91, a resident of Hillside Manor, Beaver Dam, died Tuesday, July 30, 1996 at Hillside Manor.

The funeral will be Thursday, August 1, at 10 a.m. at the Murray Community Funeral Home, Beaver Dam. The Rev. David Peters will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam.

Mrs. Halbman was born March 3, 1905 in Beaver Dam, daughter of George and Eleanor (Jacobs) Keefer. She was married to Lloyd Halbman on June 30, 1946 in Beaver Dam.

She resided in Beaver Dam all of her life, worked at Weyenberg Shoe Co., Beaver Dam, for 35 years, and was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, Beaver Dam.

Survivors include one sister, Erlyne Eisenbarth of Beaver Dam; two nephews, Don (Phyllis) Keefer and Hubert Keefer, both of Goleta, Calif.; grandnieces, grandnephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband,  Lloyd; one brother, Herbert Keefer; one brother-in-law, Delbert Eisenbarth.

Friends may call on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to the time of service, at the Murray Community Funeral Home, Beaver Dam.

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The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.


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Transcription: Obituary for Ruth Halbman of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Transcription: Obituary for Ruth Halbman of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Obituary for Ruth Halbman

Ruth Halbman ObituaryRuth Halbman

BEAVER DAM – Ruth Halbman,  91, a resident of Hillside Manor in Beaver Dam, died on Tuesday, July 30, 1996, at the manor.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Murray Community Funeral Home in Beaver Dam with the Rev. David Peters officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam.

Friends and relatives may call to pay their respects at the funeral home Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

The former Ruth Keefer was born March 3, 1905 in Beaver Dam, daughter of George and Eleanor (Jacobs) Keefer. She married Lloyd Halbman in Beaver Dam on June 30, 1946. He preceded her in death.

Halbman had lived in Beaver  Dam all of her life. She had been employed at Weyenberg Shoe Company in Beaver Dam for 35 years and was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are a sister, Erlyne Eisenbarth of Beaver Dam; two nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews, other relatives and friends.

She was further preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Herbert.

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The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.


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Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

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My children’s ancestry branches backward into history, through Welsh Quakers immigrants in Pennsylvania, to Welsh royalty and then to British royalty, including Prince William. It was surprising to learn Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

 

Prince William's mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?
Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

The result of these connections is that my husband and children are distantly related (20th cousins 4 times removed from Princes William and Harry, the sons of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and the grandsons of the current Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II.

It is interesting to note that, not only are the young royals connected through German, Spanish, French and numerous other lineages, but DNA tests conducted by BritainsDNA have proven Indian ancestry through their mother Princess Diana.

Although its is believed that Eliza Kewar, their fifth great grandmother was Armenian,  DNA shows a direct maternal Indian descent. Eliza was housekeeper to and in a relationship with Theodore Forbes. Forbes was from Scotland and worked for the East India Company in Surat, India.

The mitochondrial DNA, which is passed on through the women only, descended through Eliza and Theodore’s daughter Katherine and her female descendants to Frances Roche, who married Earl Spencer and had a daughter, Lady Diana Spencer – William and Harry’s mother.

photo credit: Steve Rhodes via photopin cc


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Transcription: Ohio Death Records, Kirby – Kirk, Page 871

Transcription: Ohio Death Records, Kirby – Kirk, Page 871

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The following is my transcription of the Ohio Death Records for Kirby – Kirk, page 871.

 

John Wesley Kirk Death Record
Ohio death records index listing John Wesley Kirk.

OHIO DEATH RECORDS, Page 871, Kirby – Kirk

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Page No. 871
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
DEATH INDEX
NAME OF DECEASED   /   COUNTY/CITY  /  CO.  CITY CODE   /  VOL. NO.   /   CERTIFICATE  /  DATE OF BIRTH  (Mo./Day/Yr.)
Kirby Ada M            Twp        100        10317        21845        4/13/3
Kirby Anne I            Cleve        181        10500        67531        11/16/3
Kirby Blanche B            Cleve        181        10498        67147        11/4/3
Kirby Bridget            Cleve        181        10528        74747        12/21/3
Kirby Bruce            Warren        781        10490        65198        10/25/3
Kirby Cynthia Ann        Twp        880        10312        20642        3/19/3
Kirby Edwin       Elyria       472       10509      69842      11/27/3
Kirby James W Galpols 271 10444 53602 8/8/3
Kirby Lawrence H Lakewd 182 10501 67957 11/22/3
Kirby Rachael Jane Vil 830 10449 53156 8/26/3

Kirby Webster L        Twp        830        10255        6261        1/8/3
Kirchdorfer Elmer O        Twp        570        10388        39609        6/24/3
Kirchenhauer Edwin F        Twp        810        10315        21340        3/28/3
Kirchendorfer Evelyn        Cleve        181        10493        65886        10/29/3
Kirchner Anna E        Akron        771        10253        5809        1/5/3
Kirchner Emma            Cleve        181        10319        22348        4/3/3
Kirchner George Mason    Stebvil        411        10540        77543        12/22/3
Kirchner Hazel F        Akron        771        10489        64970        10/17/3
Kirchner Herman Geo        Cols        251        10238        2093        1/5/3
Kirchschlager Fredrick        Twp        450        10420        47638        7/21/3
Kiriakidis Stiliano        Cleve        181        10527        74388        12/11/3
Kirian William            Toledo        481        10483        63257        10/1/3
Kirk Alice Lee            Cols        251        10452        55704        9/2/3
Kirk Andrew S            Toledo        481        10483        63257        10/1/3
Kirk Anna L            Salem        152        10447        54391        9/11/3
Kirk Benjamin            Cleve        181        10499        67446        11/13/3
Kirk Cilla            Cleve        181        10349        29993        5/20/3
Kirk Cora Bee            Cinti        311        10455        56414        9/16/3
Kirk Cordelia            Akron        771        10552        80540        12/13/3
Kirk Effie Anne            Twp        300        10240        2682        1/1/3
Kirk Genevieve Theresa    Lakewd        182        10237        1827        1/10/3
Kirk Harold E            Toledo        481        10359        32440        5/31/3
Kirk Harriet A            Cleve        181        10426        49015        8/13/3
Kirk Henry Reigle        Vil        10        10421        47890        8/23/3
Kirk James Thos        Bexley        252        10240        2501        1/19/3
Kirk John Wesley        Twp        120        10443        53476        8/17/3
Kirk Mary Eleanor        Vil        230        10476        61546        10/31/3
Kirk Patrick F            Oakwood    572        10306        19105        3/24/3
Kirk Phoebe            Cols        251        10404        43729        7/27/3
Kirk Richard            Vil        310        10256        6682        1/25/3
Kirk Roy E            Cosh        161        10525        73806        12/23/3

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The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.


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