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, …

Getting the most from Library and Archives Canada databases.

Library and Archives in Ottawa, Canada

The wealth of information on the Library and Archives Canada website has become more easily searchable over the years as more and more indexing has occurred.   As one who is very familiar with and has used this site for years, I have found it to be so extensive that I make sure to bookmark …

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 …

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 …

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 …