Ancestry launches Ancestry Academy; educational video courses for family history researchers.

AncestryAcademy training.

I just discovered this press release about Ancestry.com’s new ‘Ancestry Academy’ for family history researchers. Even though I do have over twenty years experience researching my ancestors, I have every intention of checking this out. I have never stopped learning new things in the world of genealogy blogging and research, and I’m sure a company …

Researching Welsh Quakers in Pennsylvania.

Welsh Quakers. Bryn Mawr, near Dolgelly. Built by Rees Lews. The birthplace of Rowland Ellis, 1650.

Welsh Quaker ancestors are the cultural group from which the majority of the ancestors of my children originate (on my husband’s side).   One of the benefits of researching this culture is that the people were religious, often educated (could read and write) and were very good at documenting vital statistics and events. As a …

War Diary of September 15-16, 1916 at Courcelette for Pte. Joseph Turmaine

Turmaine, Joseph - War Diary - September 15, 1916 - 1

War Diary of September 15-16, 1916 at Courcelette for Pte. Joseph Turmaine. Report on the Operation by 27th (City of Winnipeg) Battalion, on the morning of September 15th 1916. ____________ 28 Reference Sheets COURCELETTE and LE MOUQUET 1/5,000. __________________________________________________ The Battalion left the BRICKFIELDS at 2.00p.m. on 14th Sept. and proceeded to Brigade Headquarters at …

Get free access to Findmypast.com until 9 Mar 2015.

Free access to findmypast.com.

Free access to Findmypast.com online databases is offered from 12 pm (GMT) Friday, March 6 until Monday, March 9 at 7 am (EST). Their collections contain billions of historical records, as well as numerous tools and resources, including: Millions of US census records dating back to 1790. Military records for historical conflicts, including the American …

Transcription: Biography of William H. Jaques

Biography of William H. Jaques

Transcription of the biography of William H Jaques.   Mr. Jaques was born February 8, 1820 in Geauga county, Ohio, then known as new Connecticut or Western reserve. But little is known of his father, Henry Jaques, who was born in the city of New York, in 1789, a French wreckage, and was apprenticed to …

Transcription: Spanish American War letter home.

Newspaper article of W. D. Matthews

This newspaper article provides a revealing glimpse into the life of an American soldier during the Spanish American War in Puerto Rico. This is W. D. Matthews’ (my childrens’ 2nd great grandfather) Spanish American War letter home during his service in Puerto Rico. After his military service and graduation, he was a Fire Inspector and Insurance …

Let’s all work to save and expand our genealogical resources.

I have been researching my family’s genealogy for over twenty years and my appreciation of the tireless and volunteer contributions in the pursuit of genealogy is endless. All of our continuing efforts to expand our own genealogies do contribute to the cumulative effort of us all to save and expand our genealogical resources. At one …

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

Portrait of Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky.

  I happened upon this article on the Library and Archives Canada Blog today and was surprised to learn just how prevalent false portraits really are. Although I have been aware that some portraits were false or mythical, I did believe that the majority of them were identified as such. I was aware, however, that …