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?

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.   The possibility of our DNA information being easily made available to the government, insurance agencies, police, military, etc. could have serious …

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Some skeletons in the closet are worse than others.

Some skeletons in the closet are worse than others.

During my years of genealogical research, I’ve discovered numerous ‘ skeletons in the closet ‘ and scandals that at a shorter distance in time would be hard to deal with. Separated by decades and even centuries, however, a lot of these misdeeds become more titillating and not quite as scandalous. I’ve found polygamy, traitorous acts, …

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Transcription: Biographies of John Sloan Smeltzer, Jules Hugg, James Keating (in part) and including Jacob and Mary Shellhammer.

Transcription: Biographies of John Sloan Smeltzer, Jules Hugg, James Keating (in part) and including Jacob and Mary Shellhammer.

The following is my transcription from the original image of page 563 of “The History of Westmoreland County”, in my case concerning the Shellhammers, but mentioning the Smeltzer, Chambers, Meeker, Fox, Sloan, Stidard, Lawrence, Wicht, Theibert, Beck, Hugg, and Keating surnames.   HISTORY OF WESTMORELAND COUNTY 563 JOHN SLOAN SMELTZER.   The father of John Sloan …

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Photoscape image editing software is a gem for the genealogist.

Photoscape image editing software is a gem for the genealogist.

Photoscape image editing software is the one photo imaging and editing program I use most often in relation to my genealogy research. I spent my career life creating, altering or designing images, graphics, documents, etc. However, I have found that using the professional level software packages I once used for editing these images for genealogy to …

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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

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 …

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

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

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, …

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Google Search history: An unsung top genealogy research tool?

Google Search history: An unsung top genealogy research tool?

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. The reason? When doing genealogy research including …

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Researching Welsh Quakers in Pennsylvania.

Researching Welsh Quakers in Pennsylvania.

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 …

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Transcription: Wogaman, Burkett and Holdery – Burkhart — Burckhardt — Burket — Burkett

Transcription: Wogaman, Burkett and Holdery – Burkhart — Burckhardt — Burket — Burkett

Transcription: Wogaman, Burkett and Holdery – Burkhart — Burckhardt — Burket — Burkett   WOGAMAN, BURKETT, HOLDERY Author:     Ezra McFall Kuhns Publisher:     [Dayton, Ohio? : s.n., 1948] Series:      Genealogy & local history, G7296. BURKHART — BURCKHARDT — BURKET — BURKETT (First Page) It has been said that Emanuel Burkhart whose home …

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Researching paternal or maternal lines: Is one better than the other?

Researching paternal or maternal lines: Is one better than the other?

When researching paternal or maternal lines, the tendency seems to be to place more value – and therefore time and effort – into the paternal lines. Is it true that following paternal lines is better than following maternal lines?   In my mind, no. The other side of this question is: “Should genealogy research concentrate …

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Transcription: Marriage Certificate for Chester Blythe and Louise Matthews (Froemling)

Transcription: Marriage Certificate for Chester Blythe and Louise Matthews (Froemling)

Transcription: Marriage Certificate for Chester Blythe and Louise Matthews (Froemling) This is to Certify that Mr. Chester Blythe of Chicago, Ill. and Miss Louise Matthews of Chicago, Ill. Were united by me in Holy Matrimony according to the Ordinance of God and the Laws of the State of Illinois at Chicago on the –25th– day …

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Transcription: Tombstone of Family of Alphonse Bélanger

Transcription: Tombstone of Family of Alphonse Bélanger

Transcription: Tombstone of Family of Alphonse Bélanger   Bélanger (Left Side) Alphonse Bélanger 1881 – 1933 Époux de Délima Martineau 1876 – 1949 — Edna Bélanger 1907 – 1936 — Maurice Bélanger 1915 – 1915 — Norbert Bélanger 1913 – 1991 — (Right Side) Gatien Bélanger 1911 – 1996 Époux de Éva Labelle 1920 – …

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Genealogical Research of Vermont Ancestors is Getting Easier

Genealogical Research of Vermont Ancestors is Getting Easier

Find Your Vermont Ancestors A federal grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities has paid for a Vermont Digital Newspaper Project planned to take two years for scanning up to 100,00 pages from Vermont newspapers of the 1800’s and early 1900’s, providing highly sought information about Vermont ancestors of researchers. Vermont is only the …

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Transcription – Acadia, Canada Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) 1760-1946, Page 469

Transcription – Acadia, Canada Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) 1760-1946, Page 469

  Original french text from Acadia, Canada Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) 1760-1946, page 469.   CAP PELÉ CAP BOLD CTE WESTMORLAND NB PAROISSE STE-THÉRÈSE RÉGISTRES PHOTOGRAPHIES A LA PAROISSE 469 ———————- B    76 M. I. Florine Melanson Ce meme jour nous prêtre soussigné avons baptisé Marie Isabella Florine née hier du legitime mariage …

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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.

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. Genealogy researchers are free to …

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

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

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 …

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Transcription: Obituary of Pierre Allaire (1951 – 1999)

Transcription: Obituary of Pierre Allaire (1951 – 1999)

Transcription: Obituary of Pierre Allaire (1951 – 1999)   [Allaire] Pierre À la Maison Michel-Sarrazin, le 3 octobre 1999, jour de ses 48 ans, est décédé M. Pierre Allaire, employé du Musée de la Civilisation, époux de dame Mariette Breton. Il demeurait à St-Laurent, I.O. La familie recevra les condoléances à la résidence funérairé F.X. …

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Transcription – In Memoriam for Benoît Tardif (1919-2003)

Transcription – In Memoriam for Benoît Tardif (1919-2003)

Transcription – In Memoriam for Benoît Tardif (1919-2003)   Benoît Tardif époux de feu Étianne Perreault décédé le 20 septembre 2003 à l’âge de 83 ans et 9 mois et inhumé le 23 septembre 2003 à Saints-Anges ____________________ The complete original scans of the documents clips above can be accessed by clicking the images. To …

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Transcription – In Memoriam and Obituary for Benoît Tardif (1919-2003)

Transcription – In Memoriam and Obituary for Benoît Tardif (1919-2003)

  Transcription – In Memoriam and Obituary for Benoît Tardif (1919-2003)   TARDIF Benoît A l’hôpital Laval de Québec, le 20 septembre 2003, à l’âge de 83 ans et 9 mois, est dcédé M. Benoît Tardif, époux de feu Étianne Perreault. Il demaurait à Saints-Anges. Les funérailles ont eu lieu mardi le 23 septembre 2003 …

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Transcription: Virginia Marriage Records, 1700 to 1850

Transcription: Virginia Marriage Records, 1700 to 1850

Transcription of the Virginia Marriage Records, 1700 to 1850, pg 186. June 1, 1758. Thomas Lewis to Susanna Ellis, daughter of John Ellis; sec., Joseph Ellis; witn., Valentine Wood. October 27, 1747. William Pryor to Sarah Wood; sec., Valentine Wood; witn., Henry Wood. April 3, 1744. William Cannon, Jr., to Elizabeth Lewis; sec., John Lewis; …

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Security watch: Is virtualization a mistake?

Security watch: Is virtualization a mistake?

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 …

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Remains of Blanch Mortimer, daughter of Sir Roger Mortimer found.

Remains of Blanch Mortimer, daughter of Sir Roger Mortimer found.

  I was surprised to read today that the remains of Blanch Mortimer, the daughter of Sir Roger Mortimer have been found.   In a previous post, I described our genealogical relationship to Sir Roger Mortimer, outlining the most infamous aspects of his life, including his hanging at Tyburn Tree for treason. Blanch Mortimer, who died in …

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ABOUT THIS SITE...

This is my blog chronicling my ongoing genealogy and family tree research. A second static site called Blythe Genealogy is my genealogy database of approximately 80,000 individuals, including sources, documents, photos, etc. This database consists of the highly sourced main branches of our family trees.

We do have a master database of 125,000 individuals (including distant collateral lines) that is not published because it requires more sources and cleanup work.

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 and Blythe Genealogy are websites 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 HISTORY

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 HISTORY

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.

BLYTHE GENEALOGY DATABASE

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.

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