Tugs at the heartstrings – foundling swatches tell a story.

Foundling swatches are ‘bits and pieces’ such as cloth scraps, mementos, jewelry or any other identifying objects that were left with abandoned children upon admittance to the foundling hospital. These swatches were sometimes helpful in reuniting the child and mother at a future time. Numerous such foundling swatches were rediscovered approximately 250 years after they …

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New Pioneer Database Updates at FamilyLink.com

Check out the list of updated and/or added pioneer databases at FamilyLink.com for information about your ancestral pioneers. Photos from Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah Pioneer History Stories of the Mississippi Valley Queensland [Australia] Early Pioneers Index 1824-1859 Pioneer Catholic History of Oregon Historic Background and Annals of The Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers …

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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.

  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 Breton CO 217, vol 104, pp 409-410. RAC of 1905, app A, 3rd part, app J, p …

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New Link: Online Newspapers Archive

Learning of this online newspapers archive site was very exciting to me. Some of the most valuable information we can find in our genealogical search comes from newspaper accounts because they provide a more detailed reflection of the lives of our ancestors – not just facts and figures. I have added this link to the …

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Want to Work at Home? Be a Clickworker!

Clickworker.com is a site that believes in the principle of ‘crowdsourcing’, which means breaking down large projects into smaller tasks and assigning the smaller tasks to several people to ensure a quick turnaround and accurate results. Registration is totally free. Some skills testing is required to qualify for specific tasks including writing, proofreading, researching, etc. …

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This is one of my four blogs:

I'm a wife and mother, with a wonderful husband and two great 'kids' who are now young adults, and we live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada - in the great city of Chilliwack, to be exact (one hour from Vancouver).Empty Nest Ancestry is a website designed to make all of my genealogy research available to others at no charge. I'd like nothing better than to promote this as a free exchange of information for all genealogy researchers.It is important to keep in mind as you explore this site that I make no guarantees. My entire body of research is here, including speculations and unsubstantiated information. All information is only as good as the sources cited. Any speculations are clearly stated along with my reasons for them.


My family's genealogy is mostly French and French Canadian. Originating in France, both my father's and mother's branches were original settlers in Canada.My father's family immigrated from France to Quebec sometime in the 17th century, with my father's family living mostly around Beauce and Lac Megantic.My mother's family immigrated from France to Nova Scotia on the ship 'Satisfaction' under command of Peter Butler and in company of Sir Thomas Temple in 1657. These original settlers along the Atlantic became known as l'Acadie (the Acadians). My mother's maiden name is Melanson and she is directly descended from Pierre (dit Laverdure) and Priscilla Mellanson, who are on record in London with their children prior to making the crossing.


Mark's family's genealogy is varied and fascinating, including Welsh, French, British, Swedish, Danish, Canadian, Spanish, and numerous others.On his father's side it includes Welsh Quakers who immigrated to America at the time of and some with William Penn. From these Welsh Quakers is his family's royal connections with several of his multiple great grandparents having been Kings and Queens of England. As a result of the royal lineage, his family is linked to every nation that ever married into the British royal family.On his mother's side is Swedish and Danish ancestry as his great-grandparents immigrated to America in the late 1800's and early 1900's from Sweden. Shortly after, they settled in Saskatchewan, Canada as a result of the promise of free workable land on the Canadian prairie.


My Blythe genealogy database is part of this site and is easily accessed through the upper menu. This is where all specific data, relationships, images, documents and sources are available for free download. Don't leave this site without exploring it first. There is true treasure there.Weave all of this together with sometimes humorous, scandalous and completely fascinating stories of ancestral family members and you have this site.